Frequently used Sites
Committee information: Click on these links for Committee history, membership, rules, etc.
Current Events news reporting:
Look for articles on your committee at this site:
Voting records Do you want to know how your Senator or Representative voted on a bill?
Enter your zip code in the upper right box and search (you will need your 9 digit zip code; use this site to look it up http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/ ). Find "Congressional" and click on it to open . You will find Illinois U. S. Senators and U. S. House Representative. Click on their name to open it, find the two drop down boxes labeled "Issue Category" and "Data Type". The "Issue Category" should be "All Categories" and the "Data Type" should be "Key Votes".
Using the same site, go to the top and find the "Summary" by the Senator's or Representative's picture. Then click on "See Full Biographical and Contact Information". And look for the Committees that the congressman is on.
In the search box, type in your Senator’s or Representative’s name. You may want to change the "Sort by" box to "Date (New to Old)".
Lobbyist / Interest Groups / Executive Agencies / Money:
U. S. Senate Lobbyist database. This will allow you to search for an INDIVIDUAL (or organization, or other criteria). However, you will have to be VERY specific in your request for information. (This is an excellent example of providing information, but making it difficult to obtain.)
Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. Revised December 23, 2009
"To provide for the disclosure of lobbying activities to influence the Federal Government, and for other purposes." Link to actual bill: http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/110-81.pdf
Revisions to the law as of June 18, 2013: http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/amended_lda_guide.html
Lobbyist Search by lobbyist, by industry, by issue or by registration. http://www.lobbyists.info/
OpenSecrets.org. Lobbyists Database
Companies, labor unions, and other organizations spent $1.45 billion on lobbying Washington in 1999. We've got the lobbying totals for the last three years for everyone from AAI Corp to Zurich Financial. You can use the search engine below to look for a company, lobbying firm or individual lobbyist or you can search for the total spending by a particular industry.http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/top.php?indexType=l
You can use the options on the right to search through our database in several ways: search by name for a company, lobbying firm or individual lobbyist; search for the total spending by a particular industry; view the interests that lobbied a particular government agency; or search for lobbying on a general issue or specific piece of legislation.
In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. The duties of the FEC, which is an independent regulatory agency, are to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
The Capitol Eye. Capital Eye is a money-in-politics newsletter published by the Center for Responsive Politics. It now links to OpenSecrets.org
Duke University list of NGOs Research Guide
NGO Watch. List by category, alpha, geographical, etc. http://www.ngowatch.org/ngos.php