This is where I get to share my political views and links to resources that support them. I’m happy to get your views and feedback, as long as they are civil.
Comprehensive Candidate Information
Vote Smart’s mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.
This includes Voting Records, Biographical & Contact Information, Issue Positions (Political Courage Test), Interest Group Ratings, Public Statements, Campaign Finances, and more.
Vote Smart website.
Updated October 2, 2019
Non-Partisan Information-Freedom Warriors
Judicial Watch, Inc., bills itself as a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation. It aims to promote transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach.
The motto of Judicial Watch is “Because no one is above the law”. To this end, Judicial Watch uses the open records or freedom of information laws and other tools to investigate and uncover misconduct by government officials and litigation to hold to account politicians and public officials who engage in corrupt activities.
I dig what they do, so I wanted to highlight the organization here.
Judicial Watch website.
Updated October 1, 2019
Election Information & Non-Partisan Analysis
Ballotpedia is the closest thing to a digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections I can find.
They are a nonprofit, with a stated mission to educate. They’re for you when:
- You’re considering a run for office.
- You’re making decisions about how you’ll vote in an election.
- You need the latest political news and analysis from a reliable, nonpartisan source.
Updated September 30, 2019
Campaign Contributions & Lobbying Data
OpenSecrets.org is a comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data, and analysis.
The website is published by the nonpartisan, independent, and nonprofit, the Center for Responsive Politics, a research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
Open Secrets website.
Updated September 30, 2019
Congressional Voting Records & Legislation
Launched in 2004, GovTrack helps everyone learn about and track the activities of the United States Congress.
You can see what legislation has been sponsored by who, whether it was enacted, or what eventually happened with it. You can determine if a member of Congress is taking up valuable space, or having an impact. GovTrack website.
Updated September 29, 2019
Campaign Finance Reform
Our system of funding candidates is broken. Badly. Take a look at who the corporate and individual donors are for the “hot” races, on the Federal Election Commission website.
If you do some research, you probably won’t be happy.
Updated October 12, 2018
I believe we badly need term limits for Congress. There are few legislators who support them. Gee, I wonder why?
I suggest checking out U.S. Term Limits. When you do, I recommend you sign the online petition and donate whatever you can afford.