Public Citizen released a report revealing how much money all 535 members of Congress receive from special interest sources. The report provides data for all 50 states about the amounts of contributions from lobbyists, out-of-state donors, political action committees (PACs) and the percentage of contributions from donors who give $200 or less.
Lawmakers are ranked in each category, from who takes the most amount of each kind of money to who takes the least, as well as who takes the most special interest money in all categories combined. Public Citizen also tallied which states -- through their lawmakers -- are most and least reliant on special interest funding. The data include contributions from January 1999 to June 2006, except for contributions from lobbyists, which stop at Dec. 31, 2005. Interactive charts, available on the new Web site allow users to click on any of the 50 states to see how beholden individual lawmakers are to special interest money and compare them to other states and members of Congress.