How to Track Your Reps, Continued:
Maplight is developing a database which combines
all campaign contributions to U.S. legislators with legislators votes on every bill, using official records from
the Library of Congress Web site and the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Visitors to the developing
site can track how
the pharmaceutical industry contributed to each senator voting Yes, and voting No, on an amendment to
prohibit consumers from buying prescription drugs from abroad.
This is a Sunlight
Foundation sponsored group, which centralizes official government data with news and blog coverage regarding
members of Congress.
Porkbusters.org researches every US
senators' voting patterns and scores them based on how active they were in attempting to curb earmarks. See how
your senator ranks at the PorkBusters Scorecard
A comprehensive guide to money in politics at the state level. Find out how much candidates are collecting in campaign contributions and from which organizations.
Citizens Against Government Waste
This group produces numerous
publications highlighting wasteful government spending, as well as features action alerts that inform the public
about earmark abuses.
More on Earmarks:
Office of Management and Budget
The OMB Web site
offers a basic primer on earmarks as well as a limited database, listing earmarks by department. According to the
site: "This database provides more information on earmarks in one place than has ever been available through the
Federal Government. It is part of an effort to bring greater accountability to federal spending. This step is
also consistent with changes in the House Rules and Senate legislation during the 110th Congress, which requires
more disclosure for earmarks."
Citizens Against Government Waste's Congressional Pig Book is an annual compilation of the
pork-barrel projects in the federal budget. They have kept a record of government wastes, pork-barrel spending,
and earmarks since 1991, and each year's report can be found on their Web site.
Just Say No to
by Senator Tom Coburn, WALL STREET JOURNAL, February 10, 2006
"John McCain and I recently
delivered a letter to our colleagues announcing our intention to challenge every individual earmark on the floor
of the Senate. Many senators, staff and reporters have asked if we are serious. The answer is yes."
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest
Center for Lobbying in the Public Interest (CLPI) promotes, supports and protects 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocacy and lobbying in order to strengthen participation in our democratic society and advance charitable missions. The Web site contains information on effective lobbying procedures.
"Americans for Prosperity (AFP) and Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP Foundation) are
committed to educating citizens about economic policy and mobilizing those citizens as advocates in the public
More on congressional Ethics:
The Center for Public Integrity
The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization that conducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world. They post commentaries, list news stories of interest, and distribute the "Public i" newsletter. The Center maintains extensive online research projects including LobbyWatch
, and PowerTrips
, an investigation into congressional travel.
The Center for Responsive Politics
The Center for Responsive Politics is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The site contains comprehensive databases on 527s, PACS and breakdown of dollars by representative, major donors, donors by industry, and many others.
The Federal Election Commission (FEC)
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is an agency created to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1975 (FECA), the statute that regulates the financing of federal elections in the United States. It has jurisdiction over all subsequent campaign finance regulation. The Web site contains a searchable database of all campaign finance filings and a guide to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2004.
Public Citizen is a national nonprofit public interest organization "protecting health, safety, and democracy." Their Lobbyinginfo Web site features a report on Congressmen who retired to K Street (PDF) and offers a searchable database of lobbyists and their employments histories.
CONGRESSIONAL ETHICS RULES
House of Representatives Committee on Rules
United States Senate Committee on Rules and Administration
Senate Lobbying Rules
House of Representatives Lobbying and Public Disclosure Rules
Eisenhower's Farewell Address
BILL MOYERS JOURNAL: THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX IN THE 21ST CENTURY
President Eisenhower's Farewell Address
Full text of President Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the nation delivered on January 17, 1961. It was in this speech that Eisenhower coined the term, "military-industrial complex."
Listen to President Eisenhower's speech.