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Government Information Connection: Politics and Elected Officials: Introduction

Information about politicians and their activities; elections, campaigns, and voting; and political activism.

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Introduction

Information about politicians and their activities; elections, campaigns, and voting; and political activism.

Politics & Elected Officials

Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org)

The Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government.

The link address is: http://www.opensecrets.org/

Project Vote Smart

Tracks the performance of over 13,000 political leaders. Gives issue positions, voting records, performance evaluations, campaign finances, and biographies.

The link address is: http://www.vote-smart.org/

OnTheIssues: Every Political Leader on Every Issue

Provides non-partisan information for voters in the Presidential election, so that votes can be based on issues rather than on personalities and popularity. Information is compiled by volunteers daily from newspapers, speeches, press releases, and the Internet, then sorted by topic and by candidate.

The link address is: http://ontheissues.org

FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics by monitoring factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases. Use this site to cut through the spin and verify what is true and what is false.

The link address is: http://www.factcheck.org/

PolitiFact

Reporters and researchers from PolitiFact and its partner news organization, the Tampa Bay Times, examine statements by members of Congress, state legislators, governors, mayors, the president, cabinet secretaries, lobbyists, people who testify before Congress and anyone else who speaks up in American politics. These statements are rated for accuracy and consistency, and a record is kept of whether campaign promises are kept, compromised, or broken.

The link address is: http://www.politifact.com

Voter's Research Hotline

Call Project Vote Smart's Voter's Research Hotline at 1-800-622-SMART, and your own personal researcher can answer your questions about candidates and elected officials instantly over the phone.

The link address is: http://www.votesmart.org/about/contact