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Resources outside of News in FiVe, including news sources and services provided by the government.

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Political Research
An encyclopedia of politics and elections.

You can find up-to-date information about all levels of federal and state government, including election results and key public policy updates and court cases.
Center for Public Integrity
A nonprofit investigative news organization focusing on corruption and conflicts of interest.
Congressional Biographies
Biographies of every member of Congress
CRS: Congressional Research Service
The Congressional Research Service researches and reports on issues to Congress. You'll fnd many of their reports here.
CRS: EveryCrsReport
Another source of CRS reports
Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers are a series of essays written (anonymously) by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay.

They were written to explain the thinking behind aspects of the Constitution, and to encourage its enactment. They were published in New York newspapers in 1787 and 1788.

They are relevant today because they provide insight into the intentions of the authors of the Constitution.
Our intent at Lobby99 is to give you the "big picture" of what's going on. If you're interested in digging deeper into anything related to Congress, visit GovTrack, where you can find details on anything from bills to representatives to voting districts. They'll even send you updates if you want.
Discussions of legal issues affecting government
Open Secrets
Follow the money. Who is donating to whose campaigns? Search by industry, etc.
Project Vote Smart
Lobby99 gives you clear, relevant information on how your representatives acted regarding issues we advocate on.

If you want more details about any senator or representative, this is the place to do it. The Project Vote Smart web site will not only tell you how they voted on each bill, it also will tell you how they rate with major interest groups from Planned Parenthood to the National Rifle Association.
Public Laws
For the wonks... a list of federal laws enacted since 1973.