The North Carolina Senate race has drawn the most outside spending in the nation, totaling a massive $37.5 million.Continue reading
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When looking at inside-the-Beltway influence, pro-Keystone XL advocates dwarf pipeline opponents by a wide margin.Continue reading
Sunlight used its new Foreign Influence Explorer to see which members of Congress had the most contact with foreign interests last year.Continue reading
Doctors face a big cut in Medicare fees today, so the Senate, in what's become an annual ritual, scheduled a vote to spare them. The AMA urges a "no" vote, while AARP wants a "yes" - who will win?Continue reading
Analysis shows that working for a long-serving senator — especially one in a key leadership position — is a very good stepping stone to a lucrative career in lobbying.Continue reading
While federal workers and beneficiaries are taking an economic hit, the shutdown seems to be proving a financial bonanza for the nation's political consultant class. Both Republicans and Democrats are churning out ads focused on the shutdown. Guess what? Each blames the other for it.Continue reading
If the government shutdown is going to be resolved, it's going to take compromise by some key players who so far haven't shown much willingness to bend. So who might influence these influentials? Sunlight decided to examine some of the monied interests behind key figures in the debate.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, in many cases the special interests are closely aligned with their beneficiaries' positions in the standoff, which largely revolves around the health care debate.
Here's a closer look:
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How something is described often affects how people react to it. So it's interesting, as the Supreme Court begins two days of arguments on how to and who can define marriage, to see how the lawmakers across the street have talked about the same issue.
A look through Sunlight's Capitol Words shows a clear partisan divide: Democrats tend to use the term "gay marriage" while Republicans prefer "same-sex marriage." As you can see in the chart above, the latter term occurs more frequently in congressional debate. The full Capitol Words analysis gives us the party breakdown: Democrats account ...Continue reading