Tools For Citizens – Be A Watchdog or Just Smarter

Posted on September 19, 2009. Filed under: General Info, Watchdog Tools | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 
 
  
HELP STAMP OUT GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION:
 
It is your duty as a citizen to protect the constitution. Here are some tools that will help you research things that sound “fishy” to you. Please do not rely on the media to do this for you. It is clear they will not. This by no means is a complete list. There are many more web sites that will enable you to discover the truth. Please become a citizen watchdog. We need help rooting out corruption in our government. If you find somthing you wish to pass on, please alert me, via my Twitter account http://twitter.com/DesireePaquette, my blog http://soldierforliberty.wordpress.com/ , or contact The appropriate agency from the list posted here:
http://wp.me/pxG9Z-7f
  
Lists of websites that will help you in your fight against corruption. Please let me know if you are aware of anyothers and they will be added to the list.
  
Fedstats.gov 
http://www.fedstats.gov/
Celebrating over 10 years of making statistics from more than 100 agencies available to citizens everywhere
 
Earmark Watch
http://earmarkwatch.org/register/
Bringing Citizen Oversight to Congressional Spending
 
OMB Watch
http://www.ombwatch.org/
Promoting open government, accountability and citizen participation
 
Fedspending.org
http://www.fedspending.org/
Contract and Grant Database
 
Follow the Money.org
http://www.followthemoney.org/
The Nation’s Most Complete Resource for Information on Money in State Politics
 
PatriotPost.US  Linkbank
http://64.203.107.114/linkbank/linksgovernment.asp
A plethera of Government Links and check out their collection of historic US documents as well
 
Metavid
http://metavid.org/wiki/
The Open Video Archive of the US Congress
 
Congressional Research Reports
http://opencrs.com/
American taxpayers spend over $100 million a year to fund the Congressional Research Service, a “think tank” that provides reports to members of Congress on a variety of topics relevant to current political events.
 
VoteSmart.org
http://www.votesmart.org/ 
Bring the Truth to Light: Get the facts on those who control your future including Bios, voting records, positions on issues, interest group ratings, public statements, campaign finances.
  
State and Local Government Issues
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/stategov/stategov.html
Library of Congress site for local issues and links
 
Sunlight Foundation
http://www.sunlightfoundation.com/
Committed to helping citizens, bloggers and journalists be their own best watchdogs, by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information, and by creating new tools and Web sites to enable all of us to collaborate in fostering greater transparency.
 
Propublica
http://www.propublica.org/
Journalism in the public interest.
 
Taxpayers for Common Sense
www.taxpayer.net
An independent and non-partisan voice for taxpayers working to increase transparency and expose and eliminate wasteful and corrupt subsidies, earmarks, and corporate welfare.
 
Complete List
http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm
The complete list of email addresses and fax numbers for all congress members, senators, committees in Washington DC
 
This Nation
http://www.thisnation.com/index.html
Dedicated to providing factual, unbiased information about government and politics in the United States of America. Includes library of historic documents and other educational materials about how our government works.
 
TRAC
http://www.trac.syr.edu/
Comprehensive reseource for DEA, DHS, ICE, IRS, ATF, FBI data. How it spends, where it spends, who benefits, how it enforces what laws, etc. Very complete.
 
Washington Watch
http://www.washingtonwatch.com 
Washingtonwatch.com tracks the bills in Congress, along with estimates about their costs or savings, when available.
 
Open Congress.org
http://www.opencongress.org/
Everyone can be an insider. Track bills, votes, issues, money trails.
 
Muckety.com
http://www.muckety.com/
Exploring the paths of power and influence
 
Votesmart.org
http://www.votesmart.org/
The Voter’s self defense system
 
Uncle Sam
http://www.lib.memphis.edu/resource/unclesam/whos.html
Who’s Who in the Federal Government
 
Lobbying Disclosures
http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/
Government site with actual lobbyist disclosures
 
Senate Lobbyist Database
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/LDA_reports.htm
Senate Query Search Board
http://soprweb.senate.gov/index.cfm?event=selectfields
Who’s lobbying your Senators?
 
House Lobbyist Database
http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/
Who’s lobbying your representatives?
 
Legistorm.com
http://www.legistorm.com/
LegiStorm helps bring transparency to the U.S. Congress by disseminating public docu- ments and non-partisan infor- mation over the web.
 
American Voice
http://www.americanvoice.com/
Fax your reps for free over the internet.
 
Investigating Obama
http://investigatingobama.blogspot.com/ 
 Investigating many aspects of this administration
 
Open Secrets.org
 http://www.opensecrets.org/index.php
Nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use our free site to shine light on your government. Count cash and make change.
 
NNDB Mapper: Tracking the Entire World
http://mapper.nndb.com/
The NNDB Mapper allows you to explore NNDB visually by graphing the connections between people. Over 34,000 individuals are listed in our network
 
Discover the Networks.org
http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/funderprofile.asp?fndid=5341&category=79
The Guide to the Political Left
 
Maplight.org
http://maplight.org/map/us
Money and Politics: Illuminating the Connection
 
USA Spending.org
http://www.usaspending.gov/
A journey toward greater transparency and accountability
 
Federal Audit Clearinghouse
http://harvester.census.gov/fac/dissem/disclaim.html
GOVERNMENTWIDE AUDIT DATABASE
 
Guidestar.org
http://www2.guidestar.org/
Analyze Nonprofit Data
 
You Tube
http://www.youtube.com/
Invaluable for catching people in lies
  
ACORN CRACKED
http://acorncracked.com/
Revealing the nuts and worms of ACORN
 
Federal Register
http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/advanced.html
What’s going on in DC? Find out here. Regulatory Documents, Sunshine Act Meetings, Presidential Documents
  
  
ACTIVIST CASH
http://www.activistcash.com/index.cfm
This site is AWESOME! Tons and tons of info on Groups, Foundations, Celebreties and Key Players. You just have to check this  out.
 
UNDUE INFLUENCE
http://www.undueinfluence.com/
The GREEN Tracking Library- Green Groups, Foundations, Bureaucrats, Labor Unions, Media and Players
 
VRRESEARCH
http://www.vrresearch.com/blog/
Forum on working with public records, analyzing the data. This may help you decifer what you find.
 
USA.GOV
http://www.usa.gov
http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml
http://www.usa.gov/Business/Business_Data.shtml
Directory of Federal, State, Local, Tribal Governments – WOW you could easily go on info overload here. Cool site.
 
IRS CHARITIES SEARCH
http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=96136,00.html
Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code
 
STATELINE
http://www.stateline.org/live/
Researching data on a particular state regarding spending, pending and passed legislation, Governor speeches, news, etc.. Fairly complete.
 
GRANTS
http://grants.library.wisc.edu/index.html
A ton of information on who is eligble, what is available through private and public sources.
 
GRANTS.GOV
http://www.grants.gov/
Federal grant information
 
PI BUZZ
http://pibuzz.com/government-pay/
Government Pay Database, Union boss pay database, and all kinds of interesting figures.
 
CENSUS.GOV
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/DatasetMainPageServlet?_program=ACS&_submenuId=&_lang=en&_ts=
A ton of public information collected by your friend, the Government
 
HOMELAND SECURITY
http://www.dhs.gov/files/statistics/data/dsnat.shtm
Statistical Database
 
GOVERNING SOURCEBOOK
http://sourcebook.governing.com/
State and local sourcebook for all kinds of government data
 
GLIN.Gov
http://www.glin.gov/search.action
A public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations.
 
MASS OPEN BOOKS
http://www.massopenbooks.org/
Your money, your government. An online tool to find out how Massachusetts State government is spending your tax dollars!
 
DOCUTICKER
http://www.docuticker.com/
A daily update of new reports from government agencies, ngo’s, think tanks, and other groups.
 
CAMPAIGN MONEY
http://www.campaignmoney.com/
A unique website that lets you see for yourself the hidden world of American political campaigns.
 
PROGRESSIVE PUNCH
How left leaning are your politicians? Check their records.
 

GovTrack

Keep tabs on the U.S. Congress. This is the independent, nonpartisan website that started the “civic hacking” movement in the United States.
 
Citizens Against Government Waste
America’s #1 Taxpayer Watchdog – Pork Hunters Extraordinaire
 
Source Watch
your guide to the names behind the news
 
 
KNOW YOUR NET WORTH
And everybody elses, too (public figures net worth statements, etc)
 
Purple People Beaters
Exposing SEIU Corruption
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5 Responses to “Tools For Citizens – Be A Watchdog or Just Smarter”

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Hi Soldier For Liberty

Hoping we can work together; you have a great collection of sources. Let’s start a dialogue

Buzz

I am hoping to link to all others fighting for our liberties and our Constitution. All others with website or group interested in banning together, please leave a comment. Thank you.

I’m now following you on Twitter

we are both, for the most part, performing similar tasks, and if we can work together, there is great potential to accomplish many times more that either of us can do alone.

I’ll stay in close touch and keep you abreast of any new developments; if everything falls into place, as I am optimistic it will, we’ll make a measureable difference in this war against corruption in government

Yee-haw! Helping NY state patriots get up-to-speed on the who, what, when and how much of government and you’ve done most of the work for me. Thank you, from the bottom of my overworked, overwhelmed, determined little heart for gathering all these research sites. We in Western NY will put them to good use.

(Please don’t blame us for Schumer, Slaughter, Hinchey, Rangle… heck, we haven’t been voting for them!)

make sure you visit http://www.watchdogcentral.org too … there are plenty more there… I started that site after the outpouring of info requests coming in… GOOD LUCK!


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