When it comes to their mothers, are the nation’s lawmakers getting forgetful?
With Mother’s Day coming up, Sunlight decided to use our Capitol Words tool to see who in Congress talks about mom the most. Our database, which searches the Congressional Record back to 1996, indicates that talk of “mother” and “mom” has been tailing off in more recent years. Several of Congress’ top mother- and mom-mentioners are no longer in the nation’s top debating society.
Based on exit polls conducted by Edison Research with voters in 11 states.
Google has been busy documenting how the 2012 Republican primary affects search results.
Newt Gringrich, for instance, experienced a huge surge in searches before winning in South Carolina. Stephen Colbert search traffic jumped ahead of all candidates after he announced his exploratory committee. And before the Iowa caucus, Iowans were searching for Ron Paul more than any other candidate.
Since the start of the presidential campaign, independent groups have spent at least $29.7 million asking voters to elect or defeat candidates through television advertisements and other means. The most active groups have been “super PACs,” which can raise unlimited money from individuals, corporations and labor unions. Although these groups cannot legally be tied to a candidate, several of the most-active ones are run or advised by former associates or campaign staff; those are noted below with the picture of the candidate.