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http://www.votesmart.org What do you find here? Just about any information you might want on a local or national politician including voting records, background, and political speeches. Here is how they describe themselves:
“Picture this: thousands of citizens (conservative and liberal alike) working together, spending endless hours researching the backgrounds and records of thousands of political candidates and elected officials to discover their voting records, campaign contributions, public statements, biographical data (including their work history) and evaluations of them generated by over 100 competing special interest groups. Every election these volunteers test each candidate's willingness to provide citizens with their positions on the issues they will most likely face if elected through the Political Courage Test.”
http://www.opencrs.com Open CRS Network provides centralized access to many of the reports commissioned by Congresspeople on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.
www.cdt.org The Center for Democracy and Technology works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. With expertise in law, technology, and policy, CDT seeks practical solutions to enhance free expression and privacy in global communications technologies. CDT is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media.
www.smallplanet.org Frances Moore Lappe’s site where their mission is seeking to identify the root causes – economic, political, and psychological – taking our planet in a disastrous direction that, individually, none of us would choose. We then search for exemplary entry points that are interrupting and reversing negative patterns and generate new, more life-serving spiral of hope in action.