Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Political Climate, Part II

Here are some more interesting sites to explore around election time! They offer great ways to learn more about the candidates, as well as ways to get more involved in the political process.

Election Assistance Commissioner

This site gives information about becoming a poll worker. You can gather information on the requirements by state. It’s a great way to become active in the political process without having to choose a particular candidate to support. This site also provides information about registering to vote.

Contact Your Elected Officials

This is a section of the U.S. Government’s official web portal—the area where you can find out how to contact various elected officials. It includes information on a federal level (President, U.S. Senators, and U.S. Representatives) and the state level (Governors and State Legislators). It’s a great resource if you want to have your voice heard by our officials!

Lobbying Disclosure

for the U.S. House of Representatives

for the U.S. Senate

These sites offers information about lobbyists—who contributes to whom, basically. It’s a great resource if you are interested in/concerned about who gets money from whom.

Federal Election Commission

This site offers campaign data, such as campaign finance reports. It’s a fun way to see how much money each candidate has received from individuals and from committees. You can also see how much money each candidate has distributed or refunded to individuals and committees. It is also a great resource of information about different committees to elect certain candidates.

This site also offers information on the laws and regulations, including information on Federal Campaign Finance Laws.

Bunny Burnstein
URLs at a glance. (2008, October). The internet connection, 14(9), 14.

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