Helpful Links - Putting the Cash in Context
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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
- 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.
An index of U.S. House and U.S. Senate campaign sites and biographical and
- 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
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
- National Association of State
List of links to the fifty states' elections divisions.
Provides links to statewide, local legislative, and congressional
candidates for all 50 states.
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.
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.
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.