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2014 Voter Self-Defense Manual Release

2014 September 30

The Voter’s Self-Defense Manual— Just the Facts in Your Hands

Sept. 29-- Vote Smart announced today that the 2014 Voter’s Self-Defense Manual is available free to all voters by simply calling 888-VoteSmart or emailing

The manual gives an accurate review of each Congressional member’s recent job performance: votes on major legislation, their contributors, and the ratings they have received from conservative-to-liberal special interests.

“This is the 13th edition,” said Margaux Meyer, editor of the Manual. “Vote Smart has provided this publication free of charge to millions of citizens each election year since 1990. The manual remains a key source of factual data on members of congress for thousands of citizens who prefer to get their facts in hard copy rather than from a computer screen,” Meyer said.

The Manual represents a tiny sampling of the data compiled at, which includes far more extensive research: each politician’s background, issue positions, public statements in issue-searchable databases, voting records, special interest ratings and campaign finances.

The print edition of the Manual is being replaced by the far more popular interactive tools now available at These powerful, easy-to-use new tools provide instant access to a vastly richer database of facts on all politicians. They include:

I SPY: which allows a user to select any politician and then review their entire factual record in six categories: biography, key votes (in simple, easy-to-understand terms), issue positions, public statements (in issue-specific categories), ratings by every special interest in the nation, and campaign ...

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