Fact-Checking

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Combating Misinformation
Often disinformation aims to disguise itself as a certain demographic. We are more likely to believe someone who aligns with us politically/ideologically/socially/etc. which is why foreign disinformation campaigns disguise themselves as patriotic Americans. They create profiles that appear real by posting things unrelated to the disinformation campaign they are running. See The War on Pineapple: Understanding Foreign Interference in 5 Steps created by the Department of Homeland Security for an example of how information operatives work.

Vote Smart
Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

League of Women Voters
Launched by the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF) in October of 2006, VOTE411.org is a "one-stop-shop" for election related information. It provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information.

Ballotpedia
Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality in our content.

FactCheck.ORG
We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

PolitiFact
Fact-checking journalism is the heart of PolitiFact. Our core principles are independence, transparency, fairness, thorough reporting and clear writing. The reason we publish is to give citizens the information they need to govern themselves in a democracy.

Illinois Sunshine
Illinois Sunshine is a tool for browsing political contributions in the state of Illinois. The data comes from the Illinois State Board of Elections, which has been collecting this data electronically since 1994. We built Illinois Sunshine to give journalists, activists and citizens better access to this data.