Other Organizations and Links

Yahoo's Campaign Finance Probe
Yahoo's Campaign Finance Probe page offers stories, resources and other related web sites.


American Bar Association
Members of the ABA are reviewing the performance of the Federal Election Commission and will formulate recommendations for improving the agency's structure, management, investigative and enforcement authority, and funding.
Richard Mandelbaum
Ph: (202) 331-2652

American University Campaign Finance site
AU's School of Communication provides database-formatted campaign finance files from the FEC's Web site.
Wendell Cochran
Ph: (202) 885-2075

Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN)
ACORN has worked on campaign finance reform in Washington D.C. and Missouri. ACORN is targeting similar campaigns in additional states.
523 W 15th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Ph: (501) 376-7151

Brookings Working Group on Campaign Finance Reform
The web site includes discussion groups on congressional campaign finance reform. Anyone may participate in the discussion.
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 797-6105

California Voter Foundation
The California Voter Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shaping a more informed and engaged electorate by emphasizing the use of new technologies.
Kim Alexander, President
California Voter Foundation
phone: 916-325-2120
U.S. Mail: 2401 L Street, Second Floor
Sacramento, CA 95816

Campaign Finance Reform: Strategies for Success
The League of Women Voters Education Fund aims to build the capacity of state and local Leagues in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to reform financing of election on both the state and federal levels. The site includes reports and links to the League's "5 Ideas for Practical Campaign Reform."

Center for Governmental Studies/ The Democracy Network.
A research organization that studies campaign finance at the state and local levels, the Center, also runs the Democracy Network, which provides a forum for citizens, public officials and candidates to discuss local, state and national issues. It will also furnish campaign finance information for the local, state and national candidates, elected officials and ballot measures on the system.
10951 West Pico Blvd., Suite 206
Ph: (310) 470-6590

Center for Media & Democracy
The Center publishes a newsletter that tracks the influence of the public relations industry.
3318 Gregory Street
Madison, WI 53711
Ph: (608) 233-3346

Center for a New Democracy
A non-profit research and education organization, CND is part of the Democracy Campaign, which supports organizing efforts at the state and community level. CND provides state-based citizen groups with expertise and organizing support. Its site offers, among other things, information on state campaign finance reform and initiatives.
410 Seventh St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Ph: (202) 543-0773

Center for Investigative Reporting
The Center will be producing a documentary about the role of money in presidential politics.
568 Howard Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 95105-3008
Ph: (415)543-1200

Center for Public Integrity
This research organization focuses on government and ethics and public policy. The Center’s studies include topics such as the "revolving door" behavior of U.S. trade officials to the influence of lobbying on the health care reform debate. Its site offers reports and databases for downloading.
1634 I St., NW, Suite 902
Washington, DC 20006
Ph: (202) 783-3900

Center for Responsive Politics
The Center specializes in the study of the role that money plays in federal elections and actions. Databases, its reports and other information are available on its web site.
1320 19th St., NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 857-0044

Citizen Action
Citizen Action works for public financing of elections at the national, state, and local levels. The organization publishes research on the connections between campaign contributions and public policy. They have reports on contributions by the health and insurance industry, large individual donors, the oil and gas industry, and the chemical industry.
1730 Rhode Island Ave., Suite 403
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 775-1580

Citizens Fund
Citizens Fund monitors the influence of the health and insurance industries in Congress. Michael Podhorzer
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, #403
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202)775-1580

Common Cause
Common Cause is non-partisan citizens' organization that lobbies for campaign finance reform, tracks congressional candidates’ campaign finance activities, and researches related matters. This information is available through its web site.
1250 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 833-1200
75300.3120@compuserve.com, commoncaus@aol.com

Committee for the Study of the American Electorate
Topics studied by the Committee include campaign finance issues and voter turnout. It also compiles statistics from election data.
Curtis Gans, Director
421 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Ph: (202) 546-3221

Digital Sunlight
The California Voter Foundation's site advocating access to data through electronic filing

Dollars and Democracy
A grassroots educational and action campaign by of the American Friends Service Committee and the Peace and Justice Offices of the Chicago and Cincinnati Archdioceses and the Cleveland Diocese. Information on campaign finance in Illinois and Ohio.

Environmental Working Group
The Environmental Working Group helps environmental groups understand how to use campaign contribution data and educate the public about campaign finance reform.
1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW, #600
Washington, DC 20009
Ph: (202) 667-6982

Environmental Research Foundation
The Environmental Research Foundation organizes workshops on money in politics for grassroots environmentalists.
PO Box 5036
Annapolis, MD 21403
Ph: (410) 263-1584

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Institute for Alternative Journalism
The Institute hosts workshops on the issue of money and politics and provides mini-grants to independent newspapers for coverage of related issues.
77 Federal Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Ph: (415) 284-1420

The League of Women Voters Education Fund
The League of Women Voters Education Fund aims to build the capacity of state and local Leagues in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio to reform financing of election on both the state and federal levels. The site includes reports and links to the League's "5 Ideas for Practical Campaign Reform."
1730 M St., NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: (202) 429-1965

Michigan Money and Politics Project
Michigan Citizens Fund's site educating citizens on money in the political system.

The National Voting Rights Institute
The Institute is focused on bringing a series of first-ever court challenges to the constitutionality of the private financing of public elections at all levels. Legal briefs as well as information about its litigation and education projects are available on its site.
294 Washington Street, Suite 713
Boston, MA 02108
Ph: (617) 368-9100
Fax: (617) 368-9101

Ohio Citizen Action
Databases of Ohio money in politics.

Project Vote Smart (Center for National Independence in Politics)
Project Vote Smart provides information about candidates, elected officials, and the political process. Voting records, campaign finance data, performance evaluations by special interests, biographical and professional backgrounds, addresses and phone numbers, and other information is available through its web site.
Congressional Snapshots provides newspapers and radio stations with a candidates' voting records and positions on popular issues.
Call (541) 754-2746.
The Reporter's Resource Center provides free research assistance on 13,000 candidates and elected officials. Also available for free are The Vote Smart Yellow Pages and The Reporter's Sourcebook
Call (541) 737-4000
To order The U.S. Government: Owner's Manual, call 1-800-622-SMART
129 NW 4th St., Suite 204
Corvallis, OR 97330
Ph: (541) 754-2746

Public Campaign
is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to sweeping reform that aims to dramatically reduce the role of special interest money in America's elections and the influence of big contributors in American politics. Public Citizen
A non-partisan consumer advocacy organization that monitors and lobbies Congress on reforms including disclosure of lobbying expenditures, ending congressional perks and privileges, and campaign finance reform. Reports, press releases and other information are available on its site.
1600 20th St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph: (202) 588-1000

The Right-to-Know Network
The Right-to-Know Network is a broad-based on-line service run by two nonprofit organizations, OMB Watch and the Unison Institute. RTK NET users can access quantitative and text databases with information on housing and the environment. 1742 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Ph: (202) 234-8494
Modem: (202) 234-8570

Rockefeller Institute of Government, Center for Legislative Studies
The Rockefeller Institute of Government is running a two-year study of state and municipal campaign finance reforms and their effects on candidate recruitment, political competition and the allocation of campaign funds among candidates.
Michael Malbin
State University of New York
411 State Street
Albany, NY 12203-1003
Ph: (518) 443-5522

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club provides information on issues related to federal campaign finance reform and environmental policy.
408 C Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Ph: (202) 547-1141

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)
The “Taking Back Government” section of PIRG’s site offers voting records of U.S. senators and representatives, its position and reports on campaign finance reform, and e-mail “action alerts” on topics of your choice.
218 D St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Ph: (202) 546-9707

Virginia Public Access Project
Virginia candidate disclosure information in an electronic format

The Viginian-Pilot
Database of campaign contributions in Virginia

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Search database of contributions to Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates as well as legislative and gubernatorial finance reports.

Working Group on Electoral Democracy
An association of grassroots activists and researchers committed to the idea that public elections should be publicly financed. For literature contact Marty Jezer at 70 Washington St., Brattleboro, VT 05301.
4144 Lindell Blvd., Suite 504
St. Louis, MO 63108
Ph: (314) 531-9630