Websites indicate US Reps, Sens main money streams

D.C. lobbyists do the heavy lifting, saving home town folks the back aches

Most of us have ended up on congressional mailing lists. Issues large and small provoke the incessant emails warning of dire consequences unless we immediately cough up cash. The requests hit breakneck speed preceding elections and the release of quarterly reports, where a competitive showing is crucial to incumbents seeking reelection and desirous of quashing upstart challengers.

But how much do they actually need us? Are the home folks of either party the backbone of incumbent’s revenue streams?

As dedicated observers of the political scene, our interest was piqued as we stumbled onto MapLight, a newly launched site that promotes itself as “Revealing Money’s Influence on Politics.” Check out the golden links along the top of the home page.

There is an abundance of fascinating information here which we have just begun to examine. 

Among the items that provided a chuckle was this dual list (House and Senate) showing who gets the most money from the agricultural chemicals companies.

Who’da guessed John McCain, who is legendary for spreading manure, would be a top recipient of the fertilizer industry?

Take a minute to read the Research Guide and look into the navigation tools —- especially those that show the correlation between donations to politicians and the corresponding favorable votes they cast. It’s all there on “Contributions By Vote.” 

Money Near Votes” shows all contributions given within days, weeks, or months of a vote, and the effect of that dough on voting yes or no.

You’ll want to check out any House or Senate member here and see who their major donors are and how much they give. Incumbency pays well, which is why it’s so difficult to oust entrenched Washington players.

Another intriguing site revealing the political money trail is the Sunlight Foundation.  Its home page, Political Party Time, has this compelling intro:

“From the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are breaking bread and sipping cocktails with donors. Sunlight’s Party Time lets you know who’s fundraising and where.”

Not surprisingly, a good portion of the fundraising takes place in Washington, D.C.


7 Responses to Websites indicate US Reps, Sens main money streams

  1. East Valley Conservative says:

    We caught on to this years back. Our only political donations are to deserving conservative local candidates.

    • American Dad says:

      Absolutely! During this last election cycle, we donated to conservatives John Kavanagh and Diane Douglas. BTW, we don’t live in Kavanagh’s district.

  2. Braveheart says:

    I keep getting urgent donation requests from “my” congressman who just won his most recent race—UNCHALLENGED!

  3. PV PC says:

    Maplight’s Research Guide says, “To win election, U.S. House members raised, on average, $2,315 per day, every day, for an entire two-year term—including weekends and holidays. That’s $1.7 million per House member, on average.”

    That amount sure isn’t being raised in their home districts!! Maybe the thing to do to control the greed machine and give newcomers a shot at challenging incumbents is to institute across the board spending caps that they all must abide by. That’ll never happen, but it would sure shake up the dynamics of these races.

    • azgary says:

      stopping voting for lesser of two evils is the only way to stop it.

      you continue to vote party line means they will not stop skrewing america

  4. azgary says:

    nothing will change until party uber alles, lesser of two evils voters stop voting for the lobbyist owned candidates.

    you have to be willing to lose in order to win, democrats do it all the time and they have pushed the nation to the brink, with republicans following meekly behind but in the same direction.

    we deserve exactly what we have.

    baaaa, baaaa

  5. LEO IN TSN says:

    Why did Rep. Mike Rogers, Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, stymie his committee’s investigation of the failed kidnapping in Benghazi and produce a white-wash account of the resulting murders?

    Ka-ching ka-ching $$$$ Why is Rep. Mike Rogers retiring from his powerful position in Congress to become a radio talk show host? Why did he decide to retire after it was revealed that his wife had become a multi-millionaire from federal contracts to her private security firm, that contracted to provide Al-Qaeda security forces (in lieu of American Marines) at US installations world-wide, including the outpost at Benghazi?

    Why is the obamao administration and the MSM ignoring the executions by Palestinian terrorists this week of three American rabbis and many Israeli worshipers in a synagogue in Jerusalem?

    A panel of global security experts will discuss these issues today on the Lisa Benson National Security Radio Show, on 960AM The Patriot in Phoenix, live at 1:00 PM MST and rebroadcast at 6:00, and streaming at

    If you don’t yet understand how our own federal government is promoting muslim jihad around the world with our tax dollars, against our own interests and undermining the survival of our allies, start your education today. Ms. Benson is Phoenix’s own global security expert. Listen with your kids & grandkids – the time to educate is now. According to islam, there is no tomorrow for US.

    God bless America.