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The links below can help you put your data in context with candidate profiles and candidate voting records. Use these sites to cross-reference a politician's top contributors with the decisions they make.
  • Vote Smart
    This non-profit, non-partisan group provides bios, voting records, issue positions, performancce evaluations, and summary campaign finance information for the President and Vice President, members of Congress, Governors, and State Legislators. The higher the office, the better the information.


  • Alliance for Better Campaigns Provides information on candidate and media standards during political campaigns.


  • Congressional Quarterly
    Congressional Quarterly publishes world-class information and insight on government and politics. The company has built a reputation for accurate, comprehensive and nonpartisan reporting on more than 50 years of experience.

  • Campaign Web Review
    Provides bi-weekly news on the use of the Internet by political campaigns in the 1998 elections.


  • CapWeb
    An index of U.S. House and U.S. Senate campaign sites and biographical and staff information.


  • Center for Responsive Politics
    The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that specializes in the study of Congress and particularly the role that money plays in its elections and actions. Here are a few pages that can shed more light on the connections between contributions and legislation.

  • Common Cause's Soft Money Laundromat
    The Soft Money Laundromat is a searchable database of special interest soft money contributions to the Democratic and Republican national party committees during the 1995-1996 and 1997-1998 election cycles. The database is searchable by donor name, by donor location and by industry.


  • Democracy Network
    It provides an analysis of national trends and results for the November 3rd election. It is possible to get information for a specific state.


  • Destination Democracy
    The Benton Foundation provides a road map to the rocky terrain of campaign finance.


  • National Association of State Election Directors
    List of links to the fifty states' elections divisions.


  • Politics1
    Provides links to statewide, local legislative, and congressional candidates for all 50 states.


  • PoliticsOnline
    Read the Netpulse newsletter on the use of the Internet in politics.


  • Public Campaign
    It provides summaries of the latest news on campaign finance as well as links to state contacts and resources.


  • Roll Call
    Insider news on Congressional races around the country.


  • StateVote 2008
    It provides election-related information at the state level. Each state profile contains a pre-election summary, pre-election partisan composition for both chambers, election night returns, the number of seats that are up in 2008, the governor's party pre and post election, the initiatives and referenda on the ballot and how they fared in the election.


  • Web, white and blue (archive, no longer updated by the Markle Foundation)
    It provides access to some of the best online election directories and voter information sites. From each topical section, you will link to useful information resources about voting, candidate positions, and issues.