IF WE KNOW WHO FUNDS OUR RACECAR DRIVERS
WHY NOT POLITICIANS TOO?
By Marty Carlson
Politicians receive money from a variety, and often surprising sources. lobbyists, big corporations and more dictate the issues politicians focus on in which stance they end up taking.
Wouldn’t it be nice to know who is the driving financial source behind politicians’ decisions? Like race car drivers maybe they should wear patches on their clothes to show where their money comes from.
Well now there is a way that maybe that can be done.
17-year-old Nick Rubin created a browser plug-in to help people to find out who’s funding our politicians. It will tell you how much they made and how much money influences the elections and other details, according to Ruben.
The plug-in called greenhouse will work with Safari, Firefox or Chrome and it can be downloaded at allaregreen.us.
Here is how it works:
Once installed, when a politician’s name comes up in an article text, the application will breakdown the top 10 monetary influences. The plug-in is free and simple to use.
According to Ruben “Greenhouse allows people to see the money story behind the news story”. In the name “Greenhouse” was created by combining three ideas: the color of money, the two houses of Congress, in the transparency of a greenhouse.
And interviews Ruben is said he wanted to put data at people’s fingertips, and for people to be able to make informed decisions regarding politics.
Originally it was used for the 2012 election and was later updated with the most current information, was one of the many sources of data is OPENSECRESTS.ORG . Which is the official website for the center of responsive politics, a nonpartisan nonprofit research group in Washington DC who tracks where money is used in politics and where it comes from. I bet the politicians love this one!
My personal opinion is that knowledge is power and to be able to make informed decisions in these situations will give us the voters an edge.