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Money in Politics – Business, PACS, Super PACS, Non-Profits

  • Open Secrets: Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy.
  • FEC: The Federal Election Commission is the independent regulatory agency charged with enforcing federal campaign finance law. It shows how candidates and committees raise and spend money in federal elections. This financial data helps voters make informed decisions. It also offers legal resources.
  • Edgar – SEC.gov: All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. 
  • Open Corporate: Huge open database of corporations displaying the company info, when and where it was registered, as well as its branches.
  • Public Accountability: Research power and corruption at the highest levels of business and government, follows the money, connects the dots, and supports challenges to corporate power.
  • LittleSis: LittleSis is a free database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government.
  • Influence Watch: Information on over 7,000 public policy influencers on demand.
  • ProPublica: Use this database to view summaries of 3 million tax returns from tax-exempt organizations and see financial details such as their executive compensation and revenue and expenses. You can browse IRS data released since 2013 and access over 9.6 million tax filing documents going back as far as 2001.
  • Offshore Leaks Database: Find out who’s behind more than 785,000 offshore companies, foundations and trusts from the Panama Papers, the Offshore Leaks, the Bahamas Leaks and the Paradise Papers investigations.
  • GuideStar: Non-profit reports and forms 990 for donors, grantmakers, fundraisers, etc.
  • Registry of Charitable Trusts: verify whether a charitable organization or fundraiser has complied with the Attorney General’s registration and reporting requirements. You may also review and download records and public filings that a charitable organization or fundraiser has submitted to the Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts. This includes copies of annual registration renewal forms (Form RRF-1), IRS Forms 990, raffle reports and fundraising reports that are in the Registry’s database. 
  • Charities Bureau Registry Search: Search charities and organizations registered with the Office of the Attorney General.
  • Charity Watch: CharityWatch exposes nonprofit abuses and advocates for your interests as a donor. Detailed ratings and analytics for over 600 charities.
  • Charity Navigator:  Charity Navigator has become the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. It’s rating system examines two broad areas of a charity’s performance; their Financial Health and their Accountability & Transparency.
  • GiveWell: nonprofit dedicated to finding evaluators aimed to determine how much good a given program accomplishes (in terms of lives saved, lives improved, etc.) per dollar spent.
  • Impact Matters: Guide donors to high-impact nonprofits by producing ratings of cost-effectiveness at scale.
  • BBB Wise Giving Alliance: Look for charity reports at a national level. A-Z full list, and other guidance and tips.

Court Records

  • PACER: Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator.
  • Open Public Records: Search a variety of public records, such as criminal records, court records, census information, statistical data on real estate, etc.
  • Court Services Online – British Columbia: users can search and view court record information and documents.
  • Odyssey Portal – Washington Courts Online Case Search: Odyssey Portal is a web based application used to view Odyssey court records and documents

Scientific and Medical Research

  • The National Science Digital Library – NSDL is the Nation’s online library for education and research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics.
  • NTIS: The largest central resource for government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information.
  • Science.gov – Science.gov searches over 42 databases and over 2000 selected websites from 14 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results.
  • International Medical Devices Database: Explore more than 120,000 Recalls, Safety Alerts and Field Safety Notices of medical devices and their connections with their manufacturers.
  • VAERS: Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is a national early warning system to detect possible safety problems in U.S.-licensed vaccines
  • MedWatch: Obtain safety information and report adverse events for drugs, biologics (except vaccines), medical devices, and dietary supplements.
  • Vaccines Licensed for Use in the United States: Complete List of Vaccines Licensed for Immunization and Distribution in the United States.
  • Defense Health Agency Immunization Healthcare Branch (DHA-IHB): The official Website for information about military vaccines.
  • National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP): You can make FOIA requests to various centers about vaccines, diseases and other medicines. ..
  • Institute of Vaccine Safety: Provides an independent assessment of vaccines and vaccine safety to help guide decision makers and educate physicians, the public and the media about key issues surrounding the safety of vaccines. 
  • Violation Tracker: Tracks Big Pharma Violations, fines, brand manufacturers, specific products, etc.
  • Centers for Disease Control And Prevention: CDC works  to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S
  • ClinicalTrial: Explore 330,998 research studies in all 50 states and in 209 countries. ClinicalTrials.gov is a resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • The Climate Files: Climate files is an archival database of news, information and documents. The information compiled is based on more more than 20 years of research and data collection.

Government Statistics

  • US Sentencing Commission “Quick Facts”: The U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, was created by Congress in 1984 to reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in sentencing.
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics: To collect, analyze, publish, and disseminate information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
  • Bureau of Prisons Resources: find information about inmate statistics, facilities, Victims/Witnesses, Employees, Health Management, Former Inmates, Federal Execution, etc.
  • U.S. Census Bureau: The Census Bureau’s mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.
  • Federal Procurement Data System: The Federal Procurement Report data can be used for geographical analysis, market analysis, and analysis of the impact of the congressional and presidential initiatives in socio – economic areas such as small business. The data is also a reliable basis for measuring and assessing the impact of Federal acquisition policy and management improvement.
  • USA Spending: USA Spending tracks federal spending to ensure taxpayers can see how their money is being used in communities across America.
  • IndexMundi – Global Statistics: IndexMundi contains detailed country statistics, charts, and maps compiled from multiple sources. You can explore and analyze thousands of indicators organized by region, country, topic, industry sector, and type.
  • CDC- Disease Statistics: Data that tracks several health issues and diseases. It offers a variety of tools to track data.

Other Government Records

  • Contacting Congress: A handy little website that sorts out all 535 Members of Congress contact records. Search by House or Congress, Zip Code or State.
  • Voter Records: Free political research tool to study more than 65 million voter records.
  • Ballotpedia: Ballotpedia connects people with politics by changing the way they access the information they need to be informed about federal, state, and local politics. Neutral, accurate, and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics.
  • U.S. Department of Treasury:  OFAC publishes a list of individuals and companies owned or controlled by, or acting for or on behalf of, targeted countries. It also lists individuals, groups, and entities, such as terrorists and narcotics traffickers designated under programs that are not country-specific. 
  • Oversight: All Federal Inspector General reports in one place.
  • Department of Justice: publications, reports, case highlights, legal briefs, judicial orders, missing persons, Locate inmate or sex offenders, etc.
  • Open States: Track bills, review upcoming legislation, and see how your local representatives are voting in your state.
  • GovTrack: Is an independent website tracking the status of legislation in the United States Congress and helping you participate in your national legislature.

Archives

  • FBI Vault Records: FOIA Library containing thousands of documents from Fusion GPS, to Jeffrey Epstein to Nikola Tesla.
  • CIA’s Reading Room: Central Intelligence Agency’s Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room.
  • CIA’s World Factbook: The World Factbook provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. The Reference tab includes: a variety of world, regional, country, ocean, and time zone maps; Flags of the World; and a Country Comparison function that ranks the country information and data in more than 75 Factbook fields.
  • National Archives: Research history, veteran’s service records, previous presidents and presidential materials, etc.
  • Homeland Security Archives: Find ind DHS Forms, DHS Employee Resources, DHS Open Data, Check Immigration Case Status or Get a Green Card, Check the National Terrorism Advisory System, Apply for a U.S. Passport, Check Wait Times, Cross U.S. Borders, etc.
  • HSDL: Homeland Security Digital Library is a collection of documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
  • National Security Archives: the National Security Archive is an investigative journalism center, open government advocate, international affairs research institute, and is the largest repository of declassified U.S. documents outside the federal government
  • ACLU – The NSA Documents: ACLU provides invaluable work with law and policy makers to protect the civil rights of citizens. NSA has gone far beyond its counterterrorism and foreign intelligence mandate, implementing a massive system to conduct bulk surveillance of millions of innocent Americans.

Other Sites of Interests

  • American Bar Association: Pro-bono legal aid and advice, and many other resources.
  • Trump’s Priorities: A handy little app that tracks the President’s priorities based on his tweeting habits.
  • Trump Twitter Archives: It searches all of Trump’s tweet in real life, and other 50 High Profile accounts including Hillary Clinton and General Flynn. Easy-to-download records

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