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Causes: Citizen Participation, Public Finance, Taxation & Monetary Policy

Mission: CRP aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more transparent and responsive government. Campaign contributions and lobbying influence nearly every policy decision that affects Americans--from their health care options to student loans and the cost of gas. CRP is the only non-partisan, independent, free source of information about how money influences federal elections and policy.

Results: As political spending skyrockets with each election cycle, the need for vigilance and reliable data about the role of money in politics is stronger than ever. Against this backdrop, CRP serves as “the gold standard" for research and analysis on money’s disproportionate influence on campaigns, politics and policy. The Center has created the largest database of its kind with millions of value-added records and billions of dollars, covering every congressional and presidential race back to 1989. Our accurate, up-to-the minute data and analysis provide Americans with the tools and knowledge they need to be empowered and demand greater accountability and transparency from our government.

Target demographics: American voters, activists, journalists, students and academics all rely on CRP's work. International organizations look to OpenSecrets.org as a model to help them create transparency and accountability in their own countries.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Every year, thousands of journalists rely on CRP's data to cover the money fueling American elections and shaping policy in Washington. Millions of Americans go directly to our groundbreaking website, OpenSecrets.org, to get informed about the candidates seeking their votes.

Programs: A four-time Webby winner for being the bestpolitics resource online, the Center's website, OpenSecrets.org, allows users toexplore the connections between money and politics. Freely available,easy-to-use databases track federal campaign contributions and lobbying in avariety of illuminating ways, such as by industry and interest group.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Few organizations are able to provide such an unbiased approach to advocating for a more transparent government. CRP has been working for over 30 years to give the public a clear perspective on campaign finance. They bring a unique and invaluable perspective to the world of campaign finance reform, acting as both a service and a resource for citizens, activists and anyone looking to take informed action on this topic.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Center for Responsive Politics is unmatched in its ability to shine a light on the sheer breadth and power of money in the American political process. No other organization has more comprehensive data and analysis on campaign contributions, Washington's 'revolving door,' and the ever-growing presence of SuperPACs. CRP provides an essential service to the public.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Who’s paying for this election? That’s the question CRP started asking nearly 30 years ago and they’re still working to find the answers and present them to the public in a clear and straightforward way. No other organization does what CRP does: tracking the source and interest group categories of all campaign contributions to candidates for Congress and the presidency, tracking lobbying efforts aimed at the federal government, tracking the personal finances of every member of Congress and top government officials - and doing it all with no political slant, other than believing this information is something every citizen should have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a reporting intern at CRP during summer 2011. As an intern, I was writing and reporting daily (sometimes multiple times a day.) In three short months I gained a basic understanding of campaign finance laws, lobbying, political action committees and much more. I also learned how to write about these complex topics in clear ways that the public could understand. CRP serves an important public resource in that it allows voters to see for themselves how money is spent and where it comes from. At CRP I learned that money touches almost everything in Washington, and I had an amazing time learning it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a communications intern for the Center for Responsive Politics from January to May of 2011. I can say hands-down it was the most enjoyable and educational internship of the four total internships I've had.

The staff is helpful, knowledgeable and dedicated to the admirable work of transparency in government and in federal elections. I have never worked with such an outstanding team of researchers who were always extremely quick and accommodating, particularly for a student whose knowledge of money in politics was originally pretty rudimentary.

I was attracted to CRP's mission when searching for an internship. I believe very few people would argue against transparency in the world of money in politics and CRP is at the front of that vital movement, made all the more important because of recent legal decisions and increasingly expensive political campaigns.

As an intern, I was very much a member of the CRP team -- something internships in so many other organizations lack. I researched, wrote and most importantly learned about contemporary issues of money in politics along with the rest of the staff. I never felt like an inferior in the organization and always felt welcome.

I know firsthand that many of my professors at my university use CRP data in class and in academic articles. I frequently see their name in various media outlets and always get excited, pointing to my friends "I worked there!" They might be tired of hearing it, but I don't anticipate being tired of saying it.

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