Already, Maine and Vermont have voted to create Clean Money systems for their elections. And last November voters in
Arizona, Massachusetts and New York City (212/964-3534,
xt 24) could vote for public financing of their elections in exchange for
candidates' voluntary acceptance of spending limits.
Click on the database created by Common Cause. Don't worry if you don't know
your representative's name...just enter your zip code and find out who they
NOTE: The Common Cause site tends to have only the most recent vote taken. If
you want more history on how your congressmen have voted, visit the detailed
records of campaign finance votes available at Congressional Quarterly's site
or, visit Project Vote Smart's site.
The Congressional Quarterly's web site and the Project Vote Smart site (see
above) are the places to go for voting records on a host of issues.
At the federal level, the best place to find this information is the Center for
Responsive Politics - where you can search databases of
individual donors, PACs and industries - or simply ask for a campaign money
profile of a Congressman or Senator.
At the state level, visit The National Institute for Money and Politics - which maintains searchable databases of
campaign contributions for statewide races in a growing number of states.
A number of national organizations are active at the state level in promoting
campaign finance reform. For more information visit:
Common Cause - promotes campaign finance reform
through national legislation. There's a special section on their site with
information on state activities.
League of Women Voters is another national organization
with active chapters in most states. Their site leads you to the state
Public Campaign - hopes to create momentum for national change by passing
reform measures at the state level. The Public Campaign reform model involves
public financing of campaigns in exchange for candidates' voluntary agreement
to accept spending limits and to reject virtually all private money. To learn
about Public Campaign activities in your state, click
Click here to register online.