Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Center for National Independence in Politics

  • Philipsburg, MT
  • www.votesmart.org

Mission Statement

Project Vote Smart is dedicated to providing accurate, abundant, and
relevant information on candidates, incumbents, and issues free of
charge, while also upholding the highest standards of accuracy,
balance, and integrity of any information gathered or shared. The
organization will maintain a strict non-partisanship in both our data
and programs by: (1.) Only accepting funding only from private
citizens and foundations without corporate ties. (2.) Maintaining a
review and approval process established and conducted by our Founding
Board, which must remain balanced across the political spectrum. (3.)
Relying on the commitment of volunteers, interns, and staff members
willing to accept minimal compensation as the primary source of labor.

Main Programs

  1. Research
  2. Information Delivery (Outreach)
Service Areas

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National

nationally

ruling year

1988

Principal Officer since 1988

Self-reported

Mr. Richard Kimball

Co Principal Officer

Self-reported

Walker McKusick

Keywords

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Government Accountability, Information, Voter Education, Government Oversight And Reform, Research, Data, Voter Engagement, Political, Civics Education, Civics, Library or resource center, Transparency, Civic engagement, Voting Democracy & Civic Engagement, Politics, Voting, Network of Nonprofits

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Also Known As

Project Vote Smart

EIN

85-0364261

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Voter Education/Registration (R40)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Research

Project Vote Smart devotes considerable effort to researching information about all candidates for Presidential, Congressional, Gubernatorial and State Legislative office and elected officials. This includes voting records, biographical and contact information, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements and campaign finances. One of many ways this is done is through a political courage test which asks candidates which issues they will support and oppose. Voters thus have access to unbiased information on candidates as well as those serving in elected positions. Much of this research is done by volunteers and project interns who spend 10 weeks at the project.

Category

Social Science Research

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$747,086.00

Program 2

Information Delivery (Outreach)

Once information is thoroughly researched and substantiated, Project Vote Smart takes it directly into communities. This is done through: 1. A strong website where a comprehensive database on officials can be easily accessed. 2. Partnerships with libraries to disseminate information. 3 A voter's research hotline which can be called to access information. 4. Publications are available include a "Voters Self Defense Manual". 5. Significant resources made available to political journalists to help in fact checking and background for stories. This includes "The Reporters Source Book" which provides a concise overview of major national issues as well as a contact directory for hundreds of sources.

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$340,132.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

nationally

Funding Needs

-  General Support: Funds will be used by students and volunteers for our most pressing needs at our three facilities. - Technology & Equipment: Maintaining our computers, software, phone, and Internet service is crucial to our success. Your donation enables us to collect, organize, and provide facts to millions of citizens frustrated by misinformation. - VoteEasy: Funds are used to create and maintain graphic and data programs to transform millions of facts from Vote Smart’s candidate data into interactive information visualizations that instantly inform users.- Scholarship Fund: Donations provide our student interns and volunteers with free room and board while they donate 2-10 weeks of their time and expertise at our Great Divide Research Center.- Publications: Contributions allow us to provide our informative newsletters and reports, including the 100 page Voter’s Self-Defense Manual free through libraries, schools, and over our Hotline.

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CENTER FOR NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE IN POLITICS
Fiscal year: Apr 01-Mar 31

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Center for National Independence in Politics

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Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Kimball

Co Principal Officer

Walker McKusick

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We are the source you can trust:  1. The Project refuses financial assistance from special interest groups, lobbyists, corporations, and the government.  2. No one can join the Project's board without a political opposite. Our Board includes leaders as diverse as former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford.  3. The Project is a collaboration between our staff, interns, volunteers, and over 200 political scientists, journalists and leaders from across the political spectrum."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Jessica Arrigoni

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