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Our Intentions are Clear

2015 December 09 - Melisa Oberti

     In your daily interactions, how much time do you spending thinking about the intentions of those around you? Before you agree to accept a loan from a bank, or decide how to respond to your boss’s email, do you consider the integrity of the person you’re working with?


     How about when you’re watching the news? Or reading articles? How often do you consider the intention of your information outlets?


     With Vote Smart, our intentions are clear. We are here to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans. That is our only intent. For that reason, we hold an ironclad policy regarding what kind of support we can accept, as it is one of the key ways we protect our information systems from any perception of bias or hidden agenda.


     We are funded entirely by individual contributions and by foundation grants. The vast majority of our support comes from mostly small donations (averaging $35) from our members—about 25,000 of them. The rest comes from philanthropic foundations that do not have corporate ties, and are prohibited from lobbying.


     As a small non-profit with an ambition to serve all Americans, you can imagine that our expenses are high but our funds are low. It costs $3,000 a day to keep Vote Smart up and running, to provide citizens with access to the facts. While we pride ourselves on our integrity, we also have experienced the downside of keeping this high standard ...

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An Honest Cat

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We have a cat here at the Great Divide Ranch, an orange tabby by the name of Franklin. He's mostly an outdoor cat, but, sometimes, when the weather is especially bleak we take pity and let him into the office.  



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