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Want to hold your government officials accountable but not sure where to start? It can be a little overwhelming to figure out where to look first. There are many non-profit organizations and resources out there to help you. Check out these five websites for some investigating inspiration!
A project of Sunlight Foundation, this website allows you to dig up data on what is being talked about in Congress. Just look up a word and see how often it has been mentioned on the floor throughout history. Find out if a certain word is mentioned more by Democrats or Republicans. You can also compare words or phrases.
2. Open Secrets
Part of the Center for Responsive Politics, Open Secrets tacks money in politics and its effects on elections and policy. They research earmarks, lobbyists, staff salaries, and the personal finances of Congressional members, among many other things. This site is a great resource to find out just how much money is going through Congress.
Gov Track is the ultimate tracking database. It allows you to search your Congressmen and find out what bills they have voted for, what votes are pending, as well as any legislation being introduced that could impact your life. It’s a great place to find out what Congress is up to.
Follow the Money is the state version of Open Secrets. It tracks the money being spent in each state. This site tracks the influence of campaign money on elections and policy in all 50 states. Use this website to find out where money in your state is being spend and by who.
An online tool that uses mapping technology to show the relationship between people and organizations, revealing who has the real power and influence. Want to find out who your Congressmen is working with? Use Muckety!
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