MapLight research on the influence of money and politics.
Pamela Behrsin | August 11, 2009
August 11, 2008 - Blue Dog Dems received more funds from the health insurance industry than House Republicans did, a MAPLight.org analysis showed. The analysis compared the average amounts given to each legislator in the 2008 election cycle, using data from the Center for Responsive Politics.The health insurance industry gave each Blue Dog Dem, on average, $7,567.
Emily Calhoun | July 29, 2009
July 29, 2009 - On June 25, during the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) markup session of the health care reform bill, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) offered an amendment that would improve consumer access to imported prescription drugs. Specifically, this amendment would:Remove the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limitations on prescription drugs that have been imported from outside the United States;
Emily Calhoun | July 14, 2009
July 14, 2009 - On June 26, the House narrowly passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (HR 2454) by a vote of 219 to 212. The final version of the bill that passed the House Floor differed substantially from the version that was originally introduced by Reps. Waxman and Markey. As the bill heads to the Senate for further markups and compromises, MAPLight.org examined some of the House actions that illustrate the influence of special interests on the legislative process.
Dan Newman | March 02, 2009
Report Shows Campaign Contributions Given to Sponsors of Fair Copyright in Research Works ActMarch 2, 2009 - The Fair Copyright in Research Works Act of 2009, HR 801, introduced by John Conyers (D-MI), would limit public access to peer-reviewed journal articles and research manuscripts. If passed, the bill would reverse the National Institutes of Health (NIH) public access policy, which has increased transparency and accessibility to journal articles and research manuscripts.
Pamela Behrsin | October 07, 2008
Oct. 7, 2008 - MAPLight.org's research department revealed that each House member voting 'Yes' on the Financial Bailout received, on average, 41% more money, or $213,766, from Banks and Securities Firms than those voting 'No, $152,125.For a full analysis and listing of how each legislator voted visit: http://www.maplight.org/map/us/bill/12867/N7DgM9/votes/vote-352731.
Pamela Behrsin | September 16, 2008
The turmoil on Wall Street is fueling political attacks, but so far it's done nothing to help consumers with credit problems. A bill that could help has stalled in Congress and ABC7 takes at look at a local organization that is tracking that bill and the money behind it.
Media General News Service: Phone Giants Gave Liberally to Lawmakers During Wiretapping Debate by Neil Simon
Pamela Behrsin | June 27, 2008
June 25, 2008Media General News ServiceNeil Simon"The 94 House Democrats who reversed course last week and supported retroactive legal immunity for telephone companies...