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Wake-up Call to Washington -- Get your money's worth as a taxpayer! Who owns this government anyway?... follow the money trail in politics, Citizen resources, Senate and Congressional directories and hotlines, contact politicians, track their voting, hold special interests accountable, citizen advocates, even "write your own bill":

Do you believe that our leaders should be chosen in the voting booth, and not by the influence of special interest money?  Find out how money in politics hurts you and what you can do about it at Public Campaign. Learn how a new kind of politics called Clean Money, Clean Elections (CMCE) campaign finance reform is taking root in America.

Take Action Now!  The U.S. Public Interest Research Group speaks for the public interest against the special interests, on issues in the news and below the surface. When consumers are victims of private greed, U.S. PIRG is there; when average citizens suffer from the absence of government attention or an excess of government bureaucracy, U.S. PIRG is there; when our natural environment is threatened, U.S. PIRG is there!

Widely acclaimed Project Vote Smart offers direct links to elected officials, tracks their voting, who gives them money, has a voter hotline, info on bills, legislation and issues, an online national research library of 40,000 candidates and elected officials and helps make you an informed citizen and taxpayer.  Highly recommended.

What's the fastest way to get your Congressman's ear?  Go to "Quick Bitch"!  Hats off to this site for lots of insider stuff, cool info in plain language, access to citizen advocates, tips on visiting D.C., a Congressional directory, and you can even "Write Your Own Bill!"

The Public Citizen site is definitely on your side with latest news on consumers getting drilled at the gas pump, unsafe tires not recalled, corporate wrongdoing, Congress Watch, the real medical malpractice problem, and all matters that concern consumers/citizens!

Get all the facts about employment discrimination from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Here’s a Do-It-Yourself Congressional Investigation Kit from so you can find out who’s taking money and who’s giving money – who’s on the receiving end of the gravy train and how it affects your pocketbook.  Issues include  special interests, PACs, lobbying, and a whole lot more that affects all  Americans.

The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights is a non-profit education and advocacy organization that helps you protect your interests and holds politicians and special interests accountable when they endanger the public; covers hot issues like HMO abuse, insurance news, junk fax ads and more. 

Infact is a national grassroots corporate watchdog organization that challenges and exposes corporate abuse and they help expose and challenge the dangers of corporate influence over public policy.  Learn about the multiple personalities of corporations that fund front groups and lobbyists to influence policymaking and check their Hall of Shame. 

Political Money Line features new PACs, new lobbying registrations, and the PAC money leaders.  Search their databases using many criteria: candidates; political donors by zip code, name, occupation, employer; PACs; illegal corporate donations; foreign agents and more! 

The CFIC, Campaign Finance Information Center, follows the money trail.  Calculating influence: how it all adds up.  They track cash flow across the nation, cover campaign finance stories and federal contracts awarded, and track contributions linked to politician reaction and inaction.

The Federal Election Commission features campaign finance reports and data including PAC activity.

It’s your government!  And here's where you can access over half a million U.S. government documents, databases, plus Federal agencies, services and programs -- you name it. 

Another outstanding one-stop shopping point for Federal government information on the web is Federal Web Locator offering "Federal government information at your fingertips" -- the IRS, FBI, Office of National AIDS Policy, US Copyright Office, etc.

Holy tax dollars!  Your Uncle Sam has created a very site, and as a taxpayer, it belongs to you!  FirstGov is packed with valuable information for all of us -- including an A - Z index of U.S. government departments and agencies, how to contact your government, a reference center, and more.

Access a vast archive about U.S. presidents which includes everything from salaries and tax returns, to trivia and last words.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent nonprofit alliance of 60,000 concerned citizens and scientists across the country.  Sound science guides their efforts to secure changes in government policy, corporate practices and consumer choices that will protect and improve the health of our environment globally, in the U.S., and in communities like yours.

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