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Center for Responsive Politics: Open Secrets
The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group that specializes in campaign finance. Find information about campaigns, specific politicians, corporations and the political action committees (PAC's) that support them.
http://www.opensecrets.org/

CRS Annotated Constitution
An online, searchable version of the US Constitution available from the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University. This version of the Constitution links to Supreme Court opinions, the United States Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations; it provides enhanced navigation of the text through linked footnotes and tables of contents. 
http://www.law.cornell.edu/anncon/

FactCheck.org
This site allows students to verify the accuracy of political ads, speeches and press releases. It also covers current issues like Supreme Court nominations, the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina. While no source is completely free from errors, this site offers students another perspective to evaluate political issues.
http://www.factcheck.org/

Government Performance Project
The Government Performance Project (GPP) is the nation’s only source for comprehensive and independent information about state management performance. Includes a “Grading the States” feature that evaluates state performances based on four categories – money, people, infrastructure, and information. The GPP is sponsored by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/archived-projects/government-performance-project

GPO Access
A valuable resource for anyone wanting access to easily searchable text of the Constitution. 
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/GPO-CONAN-2013/content-detail.html

IGC (Institute for Global Communications)
This megasite is targeted to the social activist . Links to PeaceNet, EcoNet, LaborNet, ConflictNet, and WomensNet can be found here as sites for about 400 members such as Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
http://www.igc.org/igc/

MAPlight.org
The site provides users with the capability to mine three sets of data: bill texts and legislative voting records, supporting/opposing interests for each bill, and campaign contribution data (which comes from the Center for Responsive Politics and the National Institute on Money in State Politics). One may search for interest groups by category or key name, legislators by clicking on a map or searching by name and bills by subject or keyword/bill number.
http://maplight.org/

Real Clear Politics
Real Clear Politics is a nonpartisan collector of political content gathered from hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and select blogs across the country and around the world. It is updated throughout the day, seven days a week, and is a useful tool not only for political junkies, but for anyone seeking a variety of political perspectives on current news issues all in one place. Access is free, and no registration is required.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Votesmart
Information on policy issues, elected officials, voting districts, voting records and state election results.
http://votesmart.org/

Who are My Legislators? Wisconsin
An interactive map that will help you locate your legislators.
http://maps.legis.wisconsin.gov/