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"Vote Smart (VoteSmart.org),
the leading non-partisan national research organization focused on
politicians and elections, announced a series of massive additions to
its factual database on over 150,000 current and former elected
officials and candidates. Through Vote Smart’s Great Divide Research
records of 25,000 current politicians have been refreshed with their
most up-to-date biographical information (professional experience,
educational background, organization memberships, family information),
contact information (websites, emails, mailing addresses, phone numbers,
LinkedIn accounts, Facebook pages, and Twitter accounts).
speeches and public comments have been added to the 900,000 public
statements already in Vote Smart’s key word-searchable databases. They
are from the president, cabinet, governors, and all members of the US
House and US Senate, as well as candidates seeking federal office in
new ratings by special interest groups and over 1000 new endorsements
of state and federal candidates have been added to the existing data
from the 1,500 special interest groups Vote Smart tracks.
1,325 Key Votes have been added, cast by legislators in all fifty state legislatures and Congress.
Political contributions to 15,000 politicians have been updated.
13,000 candidates are currently being interviewed on their issue positions. The results will be made public in October.
founded as Project Vote Smart by national leaders such as former
Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, today Vote Smart is the premier
non-partisan nonprofit providing free interactive web-based tools to
help citizens instantaneously learn about the voting records,
backgrounds, issue positions, campaign contributions, interest group
ratings, and public statements of incumbents and candidates for local,
state and national office. Vote Smart’s comprehensive research data is
used by major media and search platforms including Bing, USA Today and
National Journal, as well as hundreds of universities throughout the
Smart is funded entirely by foundation grants and individual
contributions. No funding is accepted from special interests,
corporations or the government, and 75% of the research is undertaken by
a diverse pool of unpaid volunteers and interns of all ages and walks
of life. "