Project Vote Smart - The Voter's Self-Defense System
Every candidate and elected official from President to local government can be accessed through Vote Smart:
Source: University of Louisville Library, Citizen Literacy LibGuide
The Center for Responsive Politics analyzes information from the Federal Election Commission's offerings on campaign finance. It also has become a clearinghouse for data and analysis on multiple aspects of money in politics - including the independent interest groups, such as super PACs and political nonprofits, flooding politics with outside spending, federal lobbying, Washington's "revolving door" and the personal finances of members of Congress, the president and other officials.
Federal Election Commission. The FEC has jurisdiction over the financing of campaigns for the U.S. House, Senate, Presidency and the Vice Presidency.
FactCheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
The heart of PolitiFact is fact-checking journalism. Their core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason they publish is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.
"The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy."
Each election the League of Women Voters of California carefully studies the ballot measures at stake for the current election. Voter recommendations are made. These recommendations are formed from grassroots member study and consensus.
These recommendations are available in several forms. The Easy Voter Guide is designed for the busy voter.