See Who Bought Your Politicians!


From Anonymous:

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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.

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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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