Remember that time I said you should contact your representative, and handed you an easy method of getting their phone number? Of course you do, because you clicked that link and said “Oh yes, that was the post with some fool dressed up as a hot dog.”
I’ve come across a site which I hope will help nudge you into taking 43 seconds of your time to call your representatives when issues come up.
Congress raises money from contributors who support and oppose the laws they make. Sopatrack analyzes these contributions to see how often congress votes with the money.
The congressional average for voting with the money is 73%.
Why is this important? This means, that the fine folks who are “serving you” as an elected official, vote directly in line with the wishes of their financial backers 73% of the time.
Take a minute to look the site over, and find your reps. There’s a handy button in the upper right to find them for you. Realize that your rep votes in line with who gives them money because that’s the only opinion whispering in their ear. They’re not hearing from you, they don’t know you care.
Let them know.
(Because data is interesting, I did notice an odd “correlation” you could say, that 9 out of the top 10 highest percentage “votes with the money” were of the same political party. 10 of 10 of the lowest “votes with the money” were of the other party. Take that as you wish.)
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