Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"OpenSecrets.org is the nation's premier independent website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives. The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) launched the website following the 1996 elections. Before that time, CRP, founded in 1983 by U.S. Senators Frank Church (D-Idaho) and Hugh Scott (R-Pa.), published its work tracking money in politics and its effect on elections and public policy in extensive reports and books."
"About The Site," www.opensecrets.org (accessed Oct. 9, 2008)
"Celebrating our 25th anniversary in 2008, the Center for Responsive Politics is the nation's premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, the organization aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more responsive government. In short, CRP's mission is to:
Inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives
Empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information
Advocate for a transparent and responsive government
We pursue our mission largely through our award-winning website, OpenSecrets.org, which is the most comprehensive resource for campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere. And for other organizations and news media, CRP's exclusive data powers their online features tracking money in politics—counting cash to make change."