Here's the kind of information any voter needs! Candidates'
biography, voting records,campaign $$ information and performance evaluations.
From this one spot you can investigate candidates for President, governor, and
national and state legislative positions. One of their most interesting
features is a five-page political survey prepared by a bi-partisan board and
submitted to all candidates. Returned by 75% of all candidates for office the
survey provides an excellent thumbnail sketch of each politician's positions on
NOTE: Project Vote Smart has a national free
hotline number (weekdays from 8am to 9pm EST) with trained research assistants available (1-888-VOTE-SMART) to
answer questions about particular candidates. The most complete databases are
still best accessed via this hotline number...but Project Vote Smart's web site is
expanding all the time.
Find your Senator/Representative's campaign $$ profiles
Look up individual contributors by name, zip code, or employer
Track soft money donations of $100,000 or more
Track PAC contributions, by company or industry
Check out who lobbies for what industry.
(Or, find out who in your state had a White House Sleepover or Coffee!)
This site offers searchable databases of campaign finance
information for state legislative and gubernatorial races - many as far back as
1990. Currently features 24 states; others being added all the time.(Note: CRP
(above site) offers info on state races NOT offered by NIMP)
Here's the only site offering detailed information on the explosion of
issue advocacy advertising - a loophole in campaign finance regulation.
Analyzing ad spending in the fifty largest television markets in the country,
they found that more than two dozen organizations engaged in issue advocacy
during the 1996 campaign - spending an estimated total of $135 - $150 million.
The Annenberg Center continues to track issue ad spending, and plan to release
a similar study of 1998 spending patterns. They also offer a variety of other
reports of interest on media and politics. Click here to download a copy of their report:
"Issue Advocacy Advertising During the 1996 Campaign: A Catalog." To
view the report online requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Common Cause is the place to come for
answers! This site, run by one of the oldest organizations advocating campaign
finance reform at the national level, is an excellent place to get up-to-date
news of the status of reform efforts in Washington. If you don't know your
representive's name, you can simply enter your zip code and learn who
represents you and how they are representing you on the issue of campaign
finance reform. Other information they deliver: detailed information on soft
money's role in recent elections; studies of the role of campaign money on
various legislative issues - from tobacco to telecommunications. And
information on how you can get involved in reform efforts at the national or
Public Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting
reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in
the electoral process. If you believe public financing of campaigns in
exchange for strict spending limits is the right path to reform, this is the
site for you. Their web site offers timely information on the status of reform
efforts in Washington and in the states. Taking a lead from Senator William
Proxmire's Golden Fleece Awards - which highlighted wasteful uses of taxpayer
dollars - Public Campaign's site features the Golden Leash Awards - recognizing
especially outrageous instances of favors, access or influence purchased with
special interest campaign money. The site also offers contact information
(both phone and web) for reform activities at the state level.
Created in 1989, the Center for Public Integrity (CPI) is a nonprofit,
non-partisan research organization that focuses on violations of the public
trust. Employing the tools of both political science and investigative
journalism, the Center functions, in the words of the National Journal, as "a
watchdog in the corridors of power." Material available on this site includes
background information on Exec. Director Charles Lewis's latest book - "The
Buying of Congress" - an in-depth study of what the Center describes as "the
acts of grand larceny [that] are being committed on Capitol Hill every day."
There's also material from "The Buying of the President," a report on the 1996
candidates for president.
checking out the candidates .
the money machine .
advocacy ads .
press reaction .
tapes & transcripts
frontline online .
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