Links/Resources

Resources on the National Level

Public Policy Links

 

Project Vote Smart is an online voter research guide. Critical information, such as voting records, public statements and issue positions, can be found on almost any state or federally elected official.

The Library of Congress’ THOMAS website provides information about specific bills both currently before either House of Congress and in previous sessions. This information can be found by searching for key words or a specific bill number.

Open Secrets is a project of the Center for Responsive Politics. The website compiles information on campaign and political contributions to federally elected officials based on information taken from the Federal Election Commission.

Women’s Policy Inc. advises the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues to help make informed decisions on policies that affect women. They also advise federal regulators, academics, women’s groups, the business community, and the media.

Congressional Quarterly is a news-based website that provides an insider’s look into Washington D.C. politics and policy.

 

Many states provide resources to citizens for understanding their state government and politics.

Click HERE to find your State Legislature

Here is an example of Massachusetts Legislative Resources

To track a bill’s legislative history or view its text, click the link below and enter bill number:

https://malegislature.gov/Bills/Search

For more in-depth information about how a bill becomes a law, click the link below:

https://malegislature.gov/Engage/HowIdeaBecomesLaw

The State House News Service features gavel-to-gavel summaries of all sessions and audio of formal sessions on their web page:

http://www.statehousenews.com

The Legislature offers a handy glossary of parliamentary terms:

https://malegislature.gov/Site/Glossary

Demographics that impact politics in Massachusetts

“Where the votes are in Boston” – Commonwealth Magazine

Overview of Boston’s Population

Massachusetts’ Largest Cities – City Data

Massachusetts Quick Facts from the US Census Bureau

Massachusetts Campaign & Finance Resources

Massachusetts Campaign Finance Guide – Candidates for Municipal Office

The Massachusetts Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF)

OCPF – Forms & Publications

Massachusetts Elections and Voting Information

http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.aspx

Additional Resources

“The evolution of Political Fundraising Online” – Retargeter

Political Campaign Software by Nation Builder

CompleteCampaigns.com – Political Fundraising, Accounting, Communications, Volunteer Management Software