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An eclectic assortment of motivated individuals is escorted into office on a regular basis. Is their unique talent for kissing babies and predictably appearing at community center openings accompanied by a modicum of interest about the issues that touch our lives? Do they represent us? If not, who do they represent? Did they vote for or against our objectives? It would be nice to know if the person belonging to the name you punch in on your ballot is accepting gargantuan contributions from the insurance industry or Florida Power and Light. Who is getting the job done and who is doing a job on YOU! This section provides links to your representatives web sites. It also accesses resources useful for investigating suspicious voting records. Follow the Money!

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Florida Governor Rick Scottt
GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT
Rick Scott - Governor [R]

The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: (850) 488-7146, Fax: (850) 487-0801
Click to Governor’s Biography Page
Click to Governor’s Executive Orders
Click to Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Lieutenant Governor
Click to the Florida Cabinet
Click to the Governor’s Mansion
Click to the Media Center
E-Mail Governor Scott

Jimmy Patronis - Florida CFO

Florida CFO
FLA CFO JIMMY PATRONIS
Capitol Office
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
E-Mail Jimmy Patronis

Divisions
Accounting and Auditing - Christina B. Smith - (850) 413-5510
Administration - Stephanie Iliff - (850) 413-3100
Agent and Agency Services - Greg Thomas - (850) 413-3137
Insurance Consumer Services - Tasha Carter - 1-877-693-5236
Funeral and Cemetery Services - Doug Shropshire - (850) 413-3039
Information Systems - Charles Ghini - (850) 413-3184
Insurance Fraud - Simon J. Blank - (850) 413-3115
Legal Services - John Hale
Rehabilitation and Liquidation - Sha'Ron James - (850) 882-3054
Risk Management - R.J. Castellanos - (850) 413-3120
State Fire Marshal - Julius Halas - (352) 369-2800
Treasury - Bert Wilkerson - (850) 413-2720
Workers' Compensation - Tanner Holloman - 1-800-342-1741

Offices
Cabinet Affairs - Robert Tornillo - (850) 413-2825
Chief of Staff - Robert C. Kneip, Ph.D - (850) 413-4900
Communications - Chris Cate - (850) 413-2842
Program Management - Wendy Hedrick - (850) 413-4900
Internal Affairs & Appointments - Susan Miller - (850) 413-4900
Inspector General - Tom Kirwin - (850) 413-3112
Insurance Consumer Advocate - Steve Burgess - 1-877-693-5236
Legislative Affairs - Logan Mitchell McFaddin - (850) 413-2863
Office of Research and Planning - Katie Hayden - (850) 413-2809

Bill Nelson - United States Senator [D]

Florida Senator Bill Nelson
SENATOR BILL NELSON
Washington, DC
United States Senate
Hart Senate Office Building - Room 716
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041, Fax: 202-228-2183
Local Office (Broward)
3416 South University Drive
Davie, FL 33328
Phone: (954) 693-4851, Fax: (954) 693-4862
Toll-free: 1 (888) 671-4091 (in Florida)
Local Office (West Palm Beach)
413 Clematis Street - Suite 210
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: (561) 693-4851, Fax: (561) 514-4078
Toll-free: 1 (888) 671-4091 (in Florida)
E-Mail Senator Nelson

Marco Rubio - United States Senator [R]

Florida Senator Marco Rubio
SENATOR MARCO RUBIO
Washington, DC
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3041
Miami Office
8669 NW 36th Street - Suite 110
Doral, Florida 33166
Phone: (305) 418-8553
Tampa Office
3802 Spectrum Boulevard - Suite 106
Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 977-6450
E-Mail Senator Rubio

Lois Frankel - United States Congressperson - District 22 [D]

Florida Congressperson Lois Frankel
CONG. LOIS FRANKEL
Washington, DC
1037 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-9890
Boca Raton District Office
2500 N. Military Trail - Suite 490
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (561) 998-9045

E-Mail Congressperson Frankel


Senator Gary M. Farmer Jr. - Fla. Senator - District 34 [D]

Florida Senator Gary M. Farmer Jr.
SENATOR GARY FARMER
Capitol Office
216 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5034, Senate VOIP 5034
Legislative Assistant: Jacob Flaherty
Legislative Assistant: Jennifer Gottlieb
Legislative Assistant: Jay Shannon
District Office
Broward College Campus
111 East Las Olas Boulevard, Suite 913
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 467-4227, Senate VOIP 43400

E-Mail Senator Farmer

George R. Moraitis, Jr. - Florida Representative-District 93 [R]

Florida Statehouse Representative George R. Moraitis, Jr.
REP GEORGE R. MORAITIS, JR.
Capitol Office
317 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5093
District Office
2132 E. Oakland Park Boulevard - Suite 2
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306-1109
Phone: (954) 762-3757, SUNCOM: 423-5569
Legislative Assistant (Fort Lauderdale): E-Mail Corey Staniscia
District Secretary (Fort Lauderdale): E-Mail Morris Kent
E-Mail Representative Moraitis

Charles "Chip" LaMarca - Broward County Commissioner - District 4

Broward County District 4 Commissioner Charles 'Chip' LaMarca
COMMISSIONER CHIP LaMARCA
Main Office
Governmental Center - Room 410
115 South Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954) 357-7004, Fax: (954) 357-7798
District Office
Broward County Water and Wastewater Division
2555 W. Copans Road
Pompano Beach, Florida 33069
Phone: (954) 357-7004, Fax: (954) 357-7798
Commissioner Assistant: Mabel Hurtado
Administrative Coordinator: Mary Pryde
E-Mail Commissioner LaMarca

Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. (Jack) Seiler
MAYOR JACK SEILER
John P. (Jack) Seiler - Mayor of Fort Lauderdale

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 N. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
E-Mail Mayor Seiler

Fort Lauderdale City Manager Lee Feldman
City Manager Lee Feldman
Lee Feldman - Fort Lauderdale City Manager

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 N. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954) 828-5013, Fax: (954) 828-5021
E-Mail City Manager Feldman

Bruce G. Roberts - Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner - District 1

Fort Lauderdale District 1 Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts
Commissioner Bruce Roberts
City of Fort Lauderdale
100 N. Andrews Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Phone: (954) 828-5004, Fax: (954) 828-5667
Commission Assistant: Robbi Uptegrove
Phone: 954-828-5033
E-Mail Commissioner Roberts
  • September 27, 2003 - Chief Roberts sponsors ticket drive to help lower taxes during Budget Crunch in 2003.
  • December 2, 2004 read about Chief Roberts November 30, 2004 encounter with cuban refugees who landed on the Galt Mile Beach
  • May 31, 2005 Commissioner (then Chief) Roberts initiated the Galt Mile Community Association War on Noise on April 7, 2005.
  • February 6, 2006 Roberts updates Noise and Traffic Project.
  • June 22, 2006 Roberts describes need for a local Private Security Patrol.
  • October 14, 2007 Read about the Chief's participation in the Kickoff event for the Galt Mile Security Patrol on June 10, 2007
  • October 29, 2008 Commissioner Roberts participates in the October 22, 2008 Galt Mile Candidate's Forum
  • April 8, 2009 Commissioner Roberts clarifies commitment to Constituents
  • April 30, 2009 Commissioner Roberts thanks constituents
  • July 1, 2009 Commissioner Roberts helps Chepo with Landsacping
  • September 2, 2009 Commissioner Roberts on 2009 Budget
  • October 1, 2009 Commissioner Roberts Looks into Warped Water Rates
  • November 18, 2009 Commissioner Roberts on FAA, Football and Fire-Rescue
  • January 12, 2010 City Commission Puiblic Lynching
  • January 30, 2010 Roberts hits 2010 Running
  • March 11, 2010 Roberts: Oil, Oxycontin & Opt Out
  • May 7, 2010 Roberts: Budgets, Bills and a Beach Blast
  • July 2, 2010 Roberts: Disaster Prep, Drug Trade & Dial-a-Park
  • September 7, 2010 Roberts: Noise Laws, Lightning and Traffic Cameras
  • November 5, 2010 Roberts: Search Strategy - Sun Trolley - Street Plan
  • December 11, 2010 The Phantom Water Services Magic Trick
  • January 30, 2011 Roberts: Countdown - Pill Mills - Centennial
  • March 27, 2011 Roberts: Vision Plan - Beach Fix - Fund Balance
  • April 12, 2011 - Commissioners Bruce Roberts and Chip LaMarca Address Utility Graffiti
  • April 28, 2011 Roberts: Bus Hoppings - City Website - Jog with Jack
  • May 30, 2011 Lee Feldman Wins City Manager Lotto
  • June 15, 2011 Roberts: Feldman In - Storm Season - Single Stream
  • August 20, 2011 - New Assistant City Manager Lee Feldman - Pill Mills - Lauderserv - Raids Online
  • October 20, 2011 - Projects Underway - Sign Action Plan - Sun Trolley - Abandoned Residential Property Registration
  • December 22, 2011 - Neighborhood Initiatives - Budget Data - Pain Clinic Update - Broward County Consolidated Communications (Emergency 911)
  • January 28, 2012 - Economy - Pension Reform - Elections
  • March 23, 2012 - SR A1A Light Replacement Project - Department of Sustainable Development - Full Sails in Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale’s GIS Website - Air Show
  • May 17, 2012 - New Panhandling Ordinance - New Boston Atlantech - Homestead Exemption Fraud - Sea Turtle Nesting Season - Customer Service Center - FPL’s On-line Calculator - Gene’s Green Scene - Broward B-cycle - New "Mix It. Curb It." Single-Stream Recycling Program
  • June 23, 2012 - President's Council Season Finale
  • July 3, 2012 - City Attorney Search - Hurricane Season - Sun Trolley Ridership Update - Visioning - Telephone Town Hall Meeting - Go Solar - Free Prescription Discount Card - City Charter Ammendments - Herbal Incense/Bath Salts
  • August 12, 2012 - Galt Mile & City & One-Call Tackle Utility Graffiti
  • August 29, 2012 - Saving a Species - Lawyers or Lighting?
  • September 6, 2012 - Public Safety Dispatch System - “Robocalling” for Illegal Signs - NEXTDOOR Website - Nuisance Abatement Webpage - Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) - Miami-Orlando Passenger Rail Project - Meeting in a Box – Our City, Our Vision
  • November 19, 2012 - Explorers - Pill Mills - Utility Markings - MicroPaver Street Resurfacing Program - Abandonded Homes
  • December 8, 2012 - City and GMCA to Settle Turtle Woes; Looks at Lighting Law
  • December 17, 2012 - Presidents Council: Double Trouble - Sea Turtles & Sandy
  • December 25, 2012 - Long & Short: A1A & Beach Fix Plans
  • January 24, 2013 - Beach Fix, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Lien Amnesty Program, New Parker Parking App, More Designer Drugs Dumped
  • April 25, 2013 - Metropolitan Planning Organization, Beach Parking, Neighborhood Survey, Commitment 2040
  • July 17, 2013 - Harry Stewart, Next Door, Interim Fire Chief, Lien Amnesty Program
  • August 19, 2013 - Fixing a Broken Law
  • November 11, 2013 - Economic Development, Housing and Community Development, Deceased Animal Pick-Up, Fort Lauderdale Wins USGBC Award, Hazardous Waste
  • December 8, 2013 - A1A Greenway at Crossroads
  • January 23, 2014 - NCIP Plans; Crime Math; New Bridge
  • April 17, 2014 - Next Door; Quiet Zones; Bus Link
  • May 12, 2014 - Chlorine; Green Energy; Lauderserv
  • July 19, 2014 - Award; Action Plan; Budget
  • September 3, 2014 - Bus Link; Hurricane Plan; Firehouse
  • November 20, 2014 - Homeless; Bullet Train; A1A Fix
  • November 29, 2014 - Predators vs. Security on the Galt Mile
  • December 10, 2014 - Galt Mile Sun Trolley: A Bumpy History

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 Follow The    Money  

Deep Throat's cryptic suggestion to Bob Woodward of the Washington Post to expedite his bogged down Watergate investigation has developed into a useful political mantra. By "following the money", it is possible to understand the basis for relationships that appear "unusual". This section contains links to sites that feed the skeptic. Happy hunting.

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Florida Department of State - Division of Elections
Campaign Financing

Florida's Division of Elections Campaign Finance Database Division of Elections Voter Fraud The official “follow the money” database for the State of Florida. The Division of Elections’ Campaign Finance Database contains detailed financial records that campaigns and committees are required by law to disclose. By law candidates and committees are required to disclose detailed financial records of contributions received and expenditures made. For committees, the campaign finance database contains all contributions and expenditures reported to the Florida Division of Elections since January 1, 1996. For candidates, the campaign finance database contains all contributions and expenditures reported to the Division since the candidacy was announced, beginning with the 1996 election. Through this database, you can view contributions and expenditures to/by candidates or committees, selected according to criteria that you specify, sorted in an order you choose. Its no coincidence that the Division charged with following from who and to whom the money flowed also houses the agency that investigates and exposes Elections Fraud.

  • The Division of Elections mailing address is Department of State, Division of Elections, 500 South Bronough Street, R.A. Gray Building, Room 316, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.
  • Phone: (850) 245-6200, Fax: (850) 245-6217 or (850) 245-6218
  • E-mail: DivElections@dos.state.fl.us.
  • The Voter Fraud Hotline is (Toll Free) 1-877-868-3737 (1-877-VOTERFRaud).

National Institute on Money in State Politics

By searching the Follow the Money database, you can find out what specific businesses or contributors — or all contributors in any of 134 interest groups — invested in 2010 Florida Elections or the 2012 Florida Elections. Or, find out what they gave regionally, or nationally, or in any group of states you want. Interested in finding out why your representatives voted the way they did? Look here to see who gave them money. Curious about legislation offering big tax breaks? Look for the beneficiaries here, and see whom they gave money to. Wondering how big-money interests get favorable laws passed in state after state after state? Look for them here, where you can easily track their contributions across state lines. The Legislative Committee Analysis Tool (CAT), a collaborative effort with Project VoteSmart, is a mashup of state legislative committee rosters and campaign donor data, delineating where the public interest and special interests collide. Of the $96.8 million in independent spending that was reported in Florida from 2006 to 2010, just under half was spent during the 2010 election. Compiled after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Citizens United v. FEC in January 2010, Independent Spending in Florida, 2006-2010 explores how the jump in independent spending in Florida allows both large donors and candidates to circumvent the state's contribution and public financing limits, but poor disclosure laws inhibit analysis of the impact this spending had on the outcome of elections. Overview of the Florida 2012 Elections ties together contributors, candidates, ballot measures, party committees, lobbyists and independent spenders. Interesting research like Passing the Bucks: Money Games that Political Parties Play examines how Florida’s State level Party Committees raised and spent $195 Million in soft money during the 1998, 2000 and 2002 election cycles. In Names in the News: Wellcare, we find out how WellCare - a private health maintenance organization - and its subsidiaries, gave more than $2 million to candidate and party committees between 2000 and 2006. Lots more...

OpenSecrets.Org

The Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.Org) is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. The Center conducts computer-based research on campaign finance issues for the news media, academics, activists, and the public at large. Click to The Shadow Money Trail Find out which public officials are bought and paid for and how they are "working off" their debts. The Shadow Money Trail outs the funding behind politically active nonprofit organizations that do not publicly disclose their donors. Click to Fueling Washington Fueling Washington explores the oil and gas industry's evermore intimate relationship with the federal government and the people elected to make the nation's laws. Go to Florida at OpenSecrets.Org to get a comprehensive picture of the money summaries, individual and PAC donors, and contribution sources of our public servants. "Tracking the Paybacks" and "Top Industries Giving to Members of Congress" are examples of the useful data this site has to offer. The Center accepts no contributions from businesses or labor unions.

Global Integrity

An independent, non-partisan, tax-exempt (under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code) international non-governmental organization (NGO) 2005 spinoff from The Center for Public Integrity, Global Integrity generates, synthesizes, and disseminates credible, comprehensive and timely information on governance and corruption trends around the world. As an independent information provider employing on-the-ground expertise, they produce original reporting and quantitative analysis in the global public interest regarding accountable and democratic governance. Working with its network of more than 1300 in-country experts in 120 countries, the independently funded organization is now adapting its proven methodology to new and exciting areas including sub-national governance and sector-specific anti-corruption challenges. The Global Integrity Report is a tool for understanding governance and anti-corruption mechanisms at the national level. Written by local researchers and journalists, the Report is characterized by an innovative, award-winning research methodology; a robust peer review process; and start-to-finish transparency. The Global Integrity Index annually assesses the existence, effectiveness, and citizen access to key national-level anti-corruption mechanisms across a diverse range of countries. The Local Integrity Initiative is a collection of unique projects assessing anti-corruption and governance at the sub-national and sector levels.

The Center for Public Integrity

Created in 1989 by Charles Lewis, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity conducts investigative research and reporting on public policy issues in the United States and around the world. Executive director Bill Buzenberg, the Board and the Advisory Council are a “who’s who” of award-winning media journalists. Created by the Center in 1997, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists includes 160 leading investigative reporters and editors in 61 countries, enabling the Center's worldwide outreach. The Center focuses its investigations on money and politics, government waste/fraud/abuse, the environment, healthcare reform, national security and Juvenile Justice. All the Center’s projects are supported by thorough easily accessible search databases. In the wake of the of the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that wiped out decades of election spending constraints, Consider the Source “outs” shadowy political organizations that work the system. Check the list of Super PACs that invisibly buy legislatures as if they were vegetables. Have a gander at the Super Donors that fuel these PACs. Sift through the Nonprofits that illegally pump cash into political platform dumpsters. To see the daily funding diversions of these groups as they happen, see Daily Disclosure. Secrecy for Sale unmasks 28 "nominee directors" who pose as public faces for more than 21,500 companies that sell to militaries and intelligence agencies via offshore subsidiaries. The shadowy worldwide trade in human body parts is revealed in Skin and Bone. The State Integrity Investigation is an unprecedented, data-driven analysis of transparency and accountability in all 50 state governments (No state received an A, and eight states failed). Due to good marks for redistricting, Florida earned a "C-" on its Corruption Risk Report Card, or 18th in the nation. Much, much more...great stuff!

MAPLight.org

MAPLight.org a groundbreaking public database, illuminates the connection between campaign donations and legislative votes in unprecedented ways. Elected officials collect large sums of money to run their campaigns, and they often pay back campaign contributors with special access and favorable laws. This common practice is contrary to the public interest, yet legal. MAPLight.org makes money/vote connections transparent, to help citizens hold their legislators accountable. These indiscretions can be researched by Interest Group, by Company, by Contributor, by Legislator, or by Legislation.

FundRace

Although no one ever accused Arianna Huffington of bi-partisan vision, her "Huffington Post" offshoot FundRace makes it easy to search by name or address to see which presidential candidates your friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors are contributing to. Or you can see if your favorite celebrity is putting their money where their mouth is. FundRace gives you the technology to do what politicians and journalists have been doing for years: find out where the money's coming from, see who it's going to, and solve the mystery of why that crazy ex-roommate of yours is now the Ambassador to Turks and Caicos. FundRace allows you to either check the contributing habits of individuals (friends, neighbors, etc.) or search by occupation (actors, scientists, CFOs, activists, lawyers, priests, etc.) or employer (Microsoft, Google, Halliburton, NBC, CBS, AOL, etc.). You can also see how the presidential candidates measure up in Fort Lauderdale, or any location that holds special meaning for you!

Roll Call

Roll Call is widely considered the leading source for Congressional News and information both inside the Beltway and beyond. Since 1955, Roll Call has been the newspaper of Capitol Hill, giving Members of Congress a platform to communicate with one another across the aisle and between the chambers. Led by Co-Editors Ed Henry and Tim Curran and Executive Editor Morton Kondracke, their reporters and columnists -- Stuart Rothenberg, Norman Ornstein, Donna Brazile, David Winston and Don Wolfensberger deliver breaking news. Check current national endorsements of Lawmakers and Lobbyists. Also see Rollcall's Vested Interests.

Congress.Org

Congress.org is a free, public service of Capitol Advantage. It is powered by the CapWiz system. Congress.org allows users to identify and send messages (e-mail, letter, or fax) to their elected leaders in Congress, The White House, and state legislatures. These messages can be posted online with Letters to Leaders and, along with similar messages by others, read by everyone! Find and contact local and national media by ZIP code or by state with Media Guide. Have your representative’s votes sent to you weekly via e-mail with MegaVote, search Action Alerts on a wide range of current issues, and take action in the Issues and Action area of the web site.

Some of the services sponsored by Congress.Org’s CapWiz system are available below. Find and contact your federal, state and local elected officials, check the issues that you care about and let give them your opinion, see who’s running for what office, contact your local media to give them a piece of your mind or simply register to vote! Just enter your ZIP code (if you don't know your nine-digit ZIP code, use your five-digit ZIP) or state and click. Easy as pie!

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Common Cause

Common Cause - ALEC in Florida Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner. Now with nearly 400,000 members and supporters and 35 state organizations, Common Cause remains committed to honest, open and accountable government, as well as encouraging citizen participation in democracy. To strengthen public participation and faith in our institutions of self-government; to ensure that government and political processes serve the general interest, rather than special interests; to curb the excessive influence of money on government decisions and elections; to promote fair elections and high ethical standards for government officials; and to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans. Common Cause Florida is fighting Governor Scott's attempt to wage war on voters and reverse Amendment 6, which criminalizes Gerrymandering. In ALEC in Florida, Common Cause details the growing influence of the corporate front group ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) over Florida’s policy makers, documenting the unprecedented access to elected officials and the drafting of ‘model’ legislation which compliant lawmakers then push into law (increase incarceration in privatized prison jurisdictions, roll back voter registration, defund public education, etc.).

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart (PVS) is a citizen’s organization dedicated to serving all Americans with accurate and unbiased information for electoral decision-making. Its policies, procedures and structure are designed to guarantee absolute impartiality and standards of excellence in fulfillment of its mission. In our democracy, no power is more potent than dependable, relevant and well-organized information about candidates for public office in the hands of voters before Election Day. Objective facts detailing candidates’ backgrounds and issue positions and a reliable impartial source to contact with questions are a voter’s only self-defense against current political campaign abuses. The source for this information must be a totally independent nonpartisan and objective entity that always puts the interest of the voter first and provides its service free of cost with easy and instant access for everyone. 40 national leaders, including former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, formed Project Vote Smart (PVS) in 1992. Those who have served on their board include former Senators George McGovern and Barry Goldwater, former Governor Michael Dukakis, former Congresswoman Geraldine Ferraro and current Senator John McCain. PVS, described by the New York Times as “one of the most comprehensive campaign information sites on the web” and by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “spectacular” for gathering in one place the information any intelligent voter needs, constructed a user-friendly voter’s self-defense system accessible through a website and a toll-free hotline (1-888-VOTE-SMART).

Their voter self-defense system includes a battery of indispensible tools. They digest key legislation in Congress and all 50 states into easy-to-understand summaries, enabling a comparison of campaign promises to voting records. Get comprehensive Biographical & Contact Information for every candidate. A Political Courage Test measures candidates' willingness to provide voters with their positions on the issues they will most likely face if elected. Rating 150 competing Interest Groups enables a comparison of candidates to the varying sets of issues important to each group. An ever-growing inventory of Public Statements allows for a comparison of issues to statements made by candidates. A comprehensive Campaign Finance database reveals how much money a candidate or public official raised and from whom. The VoteEasy tool is a powerful, interactive research vehicle that lets a voter instantly match their views to those of a candidate. The Ballot Measures of each state are catalogued and easily searchable. The site also provides voter registration forms, absentee ballots, and election schedules for each state. A litany of additional tools rounds out the site.

FactCheck.org

A web site devoted to “anti-spin”, FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. The Annenberg Political Fact Check is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. Established by publisher and philanthropist Walter Annenberg in 1994, the Annenberg Public Policy Center is a community of scholars within the University of Pennsylvania that addresses public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

Funded primarily by an endowment from the Annenberg Foundation, until 2010 the APPC accepted NO funding from business corporations, labor unions, political parties, lobbying organizations or individuals. After 2010, donations accepted from individual members of the public were capped at $1000 and fully disclosed upon receipt. Not unlike the service performed by Scopes in refuting internet virus hoaxes, Viral Spiral debunks the online political spin that blurs reality. The Wire tackles the endless train of tripe filched from the daily media droppings by public officials and organizations. Ask FactCheck makes the service available to the average Joe, similar to our Property Appraiser's "Ask Lori" offering.

A spinoff of FactCheck headquartered at the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FlackCheck.org is a video-based counterpart to APPC’s FactCheck.org. Using parody and humor, FlackCheck.org debunks false political advertising, pokes fun at extreme language, and hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns.

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