News: Spotlight on Congress

Almost Two Years After Pruitt Nomination, Tax Return Reveals Extent of Dark Money Support
More than four months after Scott Pruitt resigned from the Environmental Protection Agency in disgrace, the public is finally receiving details about the special interest money spent to confirm him as the agency’s administrator.
New MapLight Tool Highlights Campaign Money from Corporate Political Action Committees
MapLight's new online search tool offers a way for the public to quickly and easily find out which federal candidates have taken campaign money from corporate political action committees, or PACs.  
Top Republican on Tax Subcommittee Received Yacht Loan From Foreign Bank Lobbying on 2017 Tax Bill
As Republicans were finalizing tax cut legislation in late 2017, a foreign-owned bank seeking to shape the bill gave a seven-figure yacht loan to a top GOP lawmaker on the committee writing the measure.
Corporate Political Action Committees Back 30 Percent of Federal Candidates
Corporate political action committees have contributed to 30 percent of all federal candidates in the 2018 election cycle, according to a new MapLight analysis.
Four Things to Know About the Next Supreme Court Fight
The public may never know whose money helped secure Gorsuch’s confirmation -- or whose money will ensure a lifetime appointment to the next Trump nominee.
Corporate Political Action Committees Pour $120 Million into Congressional Campaigns for 2018 Midterms
Members of Congress have raked in more than $120 million from corporate political action committees since January 2017. Almost two-thirds has gone to Republicans, according to a MapLight analysis.
Retiring Lawmakers Have Added $32.8 Million to Campaign Treasuries Since Last Election
More than five dozen congressmen who have retired or plan to retire next year have raised at least $32.8 million since the 2016 election, according to a MapLight analysis of campaign data. The 64 departing senators and representatives have accumulated $95.1 million in campaign funds.
Koch Flagship Dark Money Organization Received $48.7 Million Gift During Election Year
A single donation accounted for more than three-quarters of the $63.7 million donated to the Koch brothers’ flagship political organization in 2016, according to tax records obtained by MapLight.
Facing Capitol Hill Interrogations, Facebook Will Find If Campaign Cash Bought Friends
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, will discover this week if millions in political campaign contributions prevents him from being unfriended on Capitol Hill as the company struggles to regain its reputation in the wake of a devastating privacy scandal.
The $64 Question: Lawmakers Supporting Assault Weapons Ban Get 130 Times Less Gun Money
House members who have not shown support for a ban on assault weapons received more than 130 times more campaign money from pro-gun interests during the last election cycle than members who support a ban.