MapLight research on the influence of money and politics.
Emily Calhoun | June 10, 2010
Emily Calhoun | June 07, 2010
Emily Calhoun | June 04, 2010
June 4, 2010 - An estimated $5 billion in cash was left unused on gift cards in 2009. Groups that get to hold on to that money were able to beat back a provision that would have allowed more of that cash to be put into the pockets of consumers.
Owen Poindexter |
On Wednesday, June 2, the Assembly passed (AB 1998) a bill that would eliminate single-use plastic bags from supermarkets, convenience stores and large stores that include a pharmacy. Industry groups opposing the bill were unable to prevent its passage, their clout was evident in the votes cast by Assemblymembers. Three Democrats joined Republicans in voting against the bill. The three Democrats who opposed the bill received nearly double the average of those supporting.
Emily Calhoun | June 03, 2010
June 2, 2010 - The US Chamber of Commerce was joined by a coalition of industry trade organizations in opposition to a bill that would establish new campaign finance disclosure rules. In the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, legislators - expecting unprecedented levels of spending by special interest groups - are seeking to require organizations running political ads to disclose their donors.
Emily Calhoun | May 25, 2010
May 25, 2010 - The Senate has named its committee members appointed to negotiate in conference with the House on the Financial Reform bill.