Better World Links
– Over 30,000 well organized links (internet addresses) in English on the following global topics:
* Peace, Human Rights, Environment
* One World, Social Justice, Sustainability
* Conflict Regions, Military, Culture, Health
* Women, Men, Youth, Education, Religion
* Economics, Globalization, Politics, Media
The Center For Public Integrity
– A nonprofit organization dedicated to producing original, responsible investigative journalism on issues of public concern. The Center is non-partisan and non-advocacy. We are committed to transparent and comprehensive reporting both in the United States and around the world.
– contact your representative, get updates on how they voted, and make comments online.
DOJ Document Search
– Provides a search function for the massive number of e-mails released by the Department of Justice to the House Committee on the Judiciary in response to the recent firings of U.S. Attorneys. If you can’t find you representative, look up the names of their aides, such as Cecilia Daly for Elton Gallegly.
– Investigate earmarks–those spending measures inserted by members of Congress into bills that direct taxpayer dollars to their pet projects. Are members using earmarks to meet pressing needs? Reward political supporters? GREAT SITE!
Elton Gallegly – On the issues and key votes.
Elton Gallegly – Washington Post Voting record.
The End of America
– Naomi Wolf’s book about the 10 steps that move a democracy to a fascist state. Buy It, Read It!
Federal Election Commission
– Provides campaign finance information, enforces the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and oversees the public funding of Presidential elections.
– Combines data from the Federal Procurement Data System and the Federal Assistance Award Data System to create a free, searchable database of federal government contracting and spending. The database allows users to search contracts and grants by state, congressional district, contracting agency or type of award, and shows where the money is being spent and whether it was competitively bid.
Follow The Money
-Money in state politics plays a pivotal role in shaping public policy in individual states and across the nation. The nonpartisan National Institute on Money in State Politics tracks contributions in all 50 states and makes this data easily searchable online.
Centralizes information on the legislative process into a Web site Users can search through member of Congress profiles, bills, votes, and committee action. Users can also create their own Congress-tracker by subscribing to email updates or by creating RSS feeds to keep informed on the latest developments related to bills, issues, members of Congress and committees.
– See Calendar of bills on the floor, voting, etc.
IPS News – Inter Press News Service.
– Searchable database concerning congressional salaries, trips taken, money spent, latest happenings on House and Senate floor.
– Brings together campaign contributions and how legislators vote, providing an unprecedented window into the connections between money and politics. Includes Congress and the California Legislature.
– Real-time collective [re]mediation of legislative proceedings.
OpenSecrets.org – Follow the flow of money into the 2008 Presidential Campaign. Where does it come from and who gets it. You will find it hard to find Dennis Kucinich’s name there because of his “no strings attached” policy.
Project Vote Smart – check the voting record of your elected officials.
Progressive Democrats of America – founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. We seek to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites — with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests.
The Nation – online and magazine subscription.
Sunlight Foundation – Founded in January 2006 with the goal of using the revolutionary power of the Internet and new information technology to enable citizens to learn more about what Congress and their elected representatives are doing, and thus help reduce corruption, ensure greater transparency and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the vital institutions of democracy. We are unique in that technology and the power of the Internet are at the core of every one of our efforts. An EXCELLENT site and the source of many of the resources included here. Thank you Sunlight!
Tom McClintock – Voting record (Ca State Senate 19th District)
USASpending.gov – Provides information pertaining to:
1. The name of the entity receiving the award;
2. The amount of the award;
3. Information on the award including transaction type, funding agency, etc;
4. The location of the entity receiving the award;
5. A unique identifier of the entity receiving the award.
Voter Guide to Green and Environmental Issues
Want To Know – Verifiable information on major cover-ups
Wikipedia – Volunteer edited online encyclopedia.
Windfalls of War – Database of the top 100 private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan
Have any you’d like to recommend? Please send me an email.