Sources for Research Project

Websites with the most info:


  • Find your person/group’s own website (remember, though, this will try and paint them in the best light possible

  • Ballotpedia.com – bios, votes, issues, funding **HAS ALMOST EVERYTHING

  • Votesmart.org – bio, votes, positions, ratings, funding

Current news about this person

  • News websites (Tip: use a search feature on the website to find articles specifically about your person/group)

    • www.nytimes.com

    • www.washingtonpost.com

    • www.washingtontimes.com

    • www.wallstreetjournal.com

    • www.csmonitor.com

    • www.cnn.com

    • www.msnbc.com

    • www.foxnews.com

Funding

  • To know who has given money to this candidate, or what candidate this group has given money to, go to www.opensecrets.org

Votes

  • Ballotpedia.com, votesmart.org

  • To find how this person has voted on certain bills that have come through Congress, or to find bills they personally sponsored, go to www.house.gov or www.senate.gov, depending on where they served.

  • www.cspan.org will have a wide variety of info and video on these people and groups

Ratings

  • votesmart.org

  • www.acuratings.org rates every person from Congress on how “conservative” they are… they chose 25 controversial bills and measured whether the candidate voted with what a “conservative” person would have done, then calculated what % conservative this person is.  You can also use this site to see how someone voted on the most controversial bills, since those are the ones ACU chose.

  • www.adaction.org does the same thing, but from a “liberal,” or “progressive” viewpoint.  In other words, a candidate who gets a 100 from ACU should get close to a 0 from ADA, and a candidate who gets a 100 from ADA should get close to a 0 from ACU.

  • www.votesmart.org has lots of information on current candidates with very little bias or spin.  Look specifically for the Issue Positions (i.e. Political Courage Test) for your person, and the Interest Group Ratings to really see what they have done in office.