Congressional Member’s Report Card

Congressional Member’s Report Card

1. PERSPECTIVE – Historical Context

Political Report Cards Perspective Evidence & Facts HISTORICAL CONTEXT The United States is a representative democracy. Citizens elect representatives to national, state, and local government; those representatives create the laws that govern U.S. society. Although individual citizens are the only ones who can cast votes, special interest groups and lobbyists influence elections and law-making with… Continue reading 1. PERSPECTIVE – Historical Context

Benchmarking & Best Practices

Political Report Cards Perspective Evidence & Facts BENCHMARKING & BEST PRACTICES As contrasted with the 35 Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) highly developed, democratic countries where the responsibility to register citizens falls on the elected governments. Registration to vote in U.S. is decentralized and an individual responsibility. Registered voters represent a much smaller… Continue reading Benchmarking & Best Practices

Registered Voters & Voting Age

Political Report Cards Perspective Evidence & Facts REGISTERED VOTERS & VOTING AGE  Registered voters represent a much smaller share of potential voters in the U.S. than just about any other OECD country.Census Bureau report shows only about 64% of the U.S. voting-age population were registered in 2016, compared with Slovakia ( 99%), Sweden ( 94%),… Continue reading Registered Voters & Voting Age

Engage To Change ” Our Status Quo”

Political Report Cards Perspective Evidence & Facts ENGAGE TO CHANGE “OUR STATUS QUO” 1. Citizens United v. FEC – is a landmark 2010 Supreme Court case that changed the face of campaign Finance and money in politics in the United States. Most notably, Citizens United granted corporations, non profits, and unions unlimited political spending power that undermines… Continue reading Engage To Change ” Our Status Quo”

Voting Age Population Percentage

Political Report Cards Perspective Evidence & Facts VOTING AGE POPULATION PERCENTAGE Despite the big bump in turnout in 2020 Election , the U.S. still lags behind most of its developed-nation peers when it comes to electoral participation. Out of 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development for which estimates of voting-age population… Continue reading Voting Age Population Percentage

2. FUNDING SOURCES – Political Campaigns Donations $$ & Donors

Political Report Cards Funding Sources Evidence & Facts POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS DONATIONS $$ & DONORS A joint analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics and Sunlight Foundation of elite donors in America unveiled the following facts. Donors: 1% of 1% Only a tiny fraction of Americans actually give campaign contributions to political candidates, parties or PACs. The ones who… Continue reading 2. FUNDING SOURCES – Political Campaigns Donations $$ & Donors

The Funding Behind Campaign Spending

Political Report Cards Funding Sources Evidence & Facts THE FUNDING BEHIND CAMPAIGN SPENDING Who gets the money? from 1% of the 1% of the population are Large Individual (41.5%), Small Individual ( 22.4%), Other (14.9%), Self-Funding (13.0%), Pacs (5.0%) and Organizations (3.1%) respectively. FUNDING BEHIND RECORD-BREAKING SPEND OUTSIDE SPENDING BY GROUP

Small & Large Campaign Contributions

Political Report Cards Funding Sources Evidence & Facts SMALL & LARGE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS In the 2020 elections only 1.44% of the United States population contributed more than two hundred dollars to federal candidates, Pacs, parties and outside groups- Just 4,537,054 donors gave a hefty 75.73% of all contributions. CONTRIBUTION BY % OF POPULATION NON-PARTY OUTSIDE SPENDING

Gender Split By Number Of Donors

Political Report Cards Funding Sources Evidence & Facts GENDER SPLIT BY NUMBER OF DONORS They’re mostly male, tend to be city-dwellers and often work in finance. Compared to the population at large, men are heavily overrepresented among top political donors who accounted for 65 percent of the total contributions. GENDER SPLIT BY DONORS LIBERAL V. CONSERVATIVE

Top Industry Donors To Campaigns

Political Report Cards Funding Sources Evidence & Facts TOP INDUSTRY DONORS TO CAMPAIGNS In the 2020 election the same pattern continues with a whopping Total Spend of $14 billion with Securities/Investments spending  ($257 million). Followed by Lawyers/Law Firms ( $250 million); Education ($236 million); Real Estate ($235 million) and Health Professionals ($144 million) respectively. TOP SPENDING SUPER PACS TOP INDUSTRY… Continue reading Top Industry Donors To Campaigns