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- Congress' Student Loan Pinch Hits Both PartiesFebruary 7, 2014 8:00 AM
Dozens of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle reported owing money on student loans in 2012.
- The Political Side of Fourth-of-July Weekend ClassicsJuly 5, 2013 1:00 PM
Nothing says 'Fourth of July Weekend' like burgers and hot dogs, beer, and maybe a few belated fireworks. But the companies and industries that produce these classics are active in Washington year-round.
- Gun Rights Groups' Political Spending Crushes That of Gun Control SupportersDecember 14, 2012 5:32 PM
When it comes to lobbying, campaign contributions and outside spending, pro-gun rights groups are light years ahead of those that support stronger gun control. The NRA accounts for most of the spending.
- The NFL's Influence GameMay 3, 2012 3:46 PM
The nation's capital actually has quite a bit of say in what has become the extremely lucrative business of professional football. And in turn, the NFL has quite the presence in Washington.
- Most Members of Congress Enjoy Robust Financial Status, Despite Nation's Sluggish Economic RecoveryNovember 15, 2011 10:30 AM
These days, being a millionaire typically qualifies you as part of the one percent. But in Congress, it only makes you average. About 47 percent of Congress, or 250 current members of Congress, are millionaires, according to a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics of lawmakers' personal financial disclosure forms covering calendar year 2010.
- Bipartisan Legislation Would Bring Sunshine To Debt SupercommitteeSeptember 22, 2011 2:15 PM
A bipartisan group of congressional representatives has introduced legislation to require the 12 members of the debt super committee to immediately enact transparency measures that would bring its work in full view of the public. And it can't come soon enough.
- Lobbying on Clean Coal, AFL-CIO Forms Super Labor PAC and more in Capital Eye Opener: Aug 26August 26, 2011 8:00 AM
The AFL-CIO will soon join more than a hundred other groups in the ranks of those with super PACs. The organization says it will use its new power to harness unlimited contributions from union members and other donors for state elections, rather than on the national level.
- Politicians Rushing for Fraternity and Sorority PAC MoneyMay 19, 2011 12:47 PM
Of late, the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee has become a financial force for candidates who "champion Greek issues."
- Political Candidates Pad Profits of Embattled BP, Citgo Through Campaign Expenditures January 27, 2011 2:00 PM
Many political candidates in Washington and on the campaign trail had plenty to say about oil company villainy during the 2010 election cycle. But some campaigns and political committees had little problem padding the profits of two embattled companies in particular -- BP and Citgo.
- Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Pushes New Transparency PlansDecember 10, 2010 3:29 PM
Say goodbye to congressional resolutions honoring sports teams and say hello to being able to read legislation online for three days before House members vote on it.
- Lobbyists Rush to Address Earmark Ban, 'Shrek'-hater Prison Bound and More in Capital Eye Opener: March 12March 12, 2010 10:55 AM
Faster than Rep. Eric Massa could resign his congressional seat, members of the House of Representatives are this week engaged in a game of one-upmanship centered on who can slap more limits on congressional earmarks, which have delivered billions of dollars worth of no-bid contracts to thousands of companies and organizations.
- Capital Eye Opener: Friday, October 16October 16, 2009 6:00 AM
A LIBERTARIAN STREAK IN WHOLE FOODS: John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods recently told Reason TV that he voted for Libertarian Bob Barr in the 2008 presidential election. According to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis, Mackey's sole contributions to federal candidates and committees have been to Libertarians -- totaling $6,500 between 1996 and 2000.
- Bill to Grant Federal Marriage Benefits to Gay & Lesbian Couples Faces Uphill BattleSeptember 15, 2009 3:15 PM
Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York introduced a bill today to repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. Groups advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues and rights, however, face an uphill battle on K Street and Capitol Hill to pass it.
- Out-of-State Donations Flow to Many Members of CongressAugust 3, 2009 7:13 PM
Senators, on average, raised 57 percent of their individual contributions from out-of-staters during the first six months of 2009. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on the other hand, raised a median of 77 percent of their individual contributions from in-state donors.
- Wealthy House Democrats Spar Over Health Care Tax HikeJuly 21, 2009 9:48 AM
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and first-term Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) seem like natural allies. Both represent staunchly liberal congressional districts and support creating a public health insurance option. Both are multimillionaires and rank among the wealthiest current members of Congress. Yet the two Democrats disagree over how to fund the health care reform legislation coursing through Congress.
- Some Lawmakers' 1st Quarter Haul Focused on PACs, Out-of-State Donors June 10, 2009 10:47 AM
Lawmakers trying to build up their war chests tap a variety of financial resources and walk the fine line of balancing their constituents' needs and their need for money to run a re-election campaign. Find out here who the Members of Congress that relied most on out-of-state donors and PAC giving during the first quarter of 2009 are.
- Blagojevich Fundraiser Added to Obama, Biden, Jackson War ChestsJanuary 26, 2009 5:54 PM
Although it's unclear to what extent businessman Raghuveer Nayak was involved in Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged scheme to sell President Obama's Senate seat, what is clear is Nayak's commitment to funding the campaigns of the governor, the new president, the new vice president and others in Congress and the administration.
- House Members Rely on Out-of-State DonorsOctober 28, 2008 9:21 AM
There may be no place like home but that's not where members of the House of Representatives have turned to raise enough cash to win their re-election races. According to a new study from MAPLight.org based on the Center for Responsive Politics's campaign contribution data, between 2005 and 2007, 97 percent of members of the House raised more than half of their funds from donors living outside of their districts.
- Phone Companies Want to Be Off the HookMarch 21, 2008 1:30 PM
For an industry that exists to enhance communication, the telecom industry is awfully quiet these days. Instead, as members of Congress debate this week whether to provide immunity from lawsuits for those companies that allegedly cooperated with the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping program, the telecom industry has reached out and touched lawmakers with cash.
- Can You Help Us Identify These Mystery PACs?May 29, 2007 2:09 PM
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