Illinois Sunshine Browsing tool for political contributions in the state of Illinois

Vote Smart
Provides free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials including  Voting RecordsBiographical & Contact InformationIssue Positions (Political Courage Test), Interest Group RatingsPublic Statements, and Campaign Finances.

Maps connections of the rich, famous, and influential

This powerful, interactive research tool lets you instantly see which candidates are most like you.

Free to all citizens — order your Voter’s Self-Defense Manual, a 100-page report on your congressional delegation. A video, which describes what the Vote Smart does, how they do it, and how you can use it, is also available.

Voter Registration
For every state, find out policies and procedures, locate voter registration forms, where to send them, where you can register in person, and where your polling place is.

Ballot Measures
Descriptions of ballot measures for every state, including complete text, sponsors, and election results.

Open States
Enter a U.S. address or select a state to start to research bills, review voting records, contact elected officials and more. This Sunlight Academy tutorial shows how citizens, journalists, and activists can learn more about their state government.

Tracks several data sets, including campaign contributions, congressional bills, legislators, lobbying, and bulk data sets +APIS.

Voters Edge
Provides in-depth information about what’s on your ballot.

Open Secrets
Source of information on money and politics.

Dark Money Watch
Uncovers who is behind efforts to pay for ads and influence elections through groups that are not required to disclose their donors.

Sunlight Foundation
Uses civic technologies, open data, policy analysis, and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent.

Political TV Ad Archive
Tracks airings across key primary states, the collection includes ads that may air elsewhere or exclusively on social media.

The Center for Public Integrity  (Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize)
One of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations; their mission is to serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption, and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.

PolitiFact  (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
A fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics.

Fact Check
“Consumer Advocate” for voters to reduce deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Fact Checker: Washington Post
The purpose of Fact Checker is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local.

Duke Reporters’ Lab: Sanford School of Public Policy
Explores new forms of journalism, including fact-checking to empower democracies and hold governments accountable, and structured journalism, which creates new forms of storytelling and beat reporting.

Democracy Fund
Invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

American Press Institute
Insights, tools and research to advance journalism.


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