Teenager builds browser plug-in that allows you to see the politicians’ funders
Website of plugin: http://www.allaregreen.us
Written by: Anonymous Singer
Here we go again, with another new useful tool to keep tabs on politicians. It is a
browser plug-in named “Greenhouse” and it lets users easily access information on
where our public servants get their campaign donations from.
Greenhouse gives a list of the top 10 industries from which a politician receives money.
Besides that, it also highlights what percentage of a politician’s funds come from presumably
grassroots supporters, those who make donations of 200 dollars or less.
The software launched in early June and it can already be
used for browsers Safari, Google Chrome and Firefox.
The creator of Greenhouse is a 16-year-old self-taught
programmer named Nicholas Rubin. He explains on his
website that “even though I am only 16 years old, not quite
old enough to vote, I am old enough to know that our
political system desperately needs fixing. I hope that this
tool is one step in that direction.”
Rubin says he got the name of his plug-in from a desire for
transparency, like the glass walls of a greenhouse. The 16-
year-old boy gives some insight into his own political
philosophy and mission:
“It is my hope that providing increased transparency around the amount and source of funding of our elected representatives may play a small role in educating citizensand promoting change. If you use the extension when reading about a Congressional vote on energy policy, for example, maybe you’ll discover that a sponsor of a bill has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry. Or maybe you’ll learn that the top donors to a member of Congress who opposes tort reform are lawyers and law firms. I use data from the last full election cycle (2012) and plan to update it as more relevant data becomes available. Special thanks to OpenSecrets.org for providing access to that data.
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