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The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) is a nonpartisan research group based in Washington, D.C.marker, that tracks money in politics, and the effect of money and lobbying activity on elections and public policy, and makes a database of resulting information freely available over the interet.

The freely available OpenSecrets.org databases allow web users to track federal campaign contributions and lobbying in a variety of ways, such as by industry and interest group. Other popular resources include the personal financial disclosures of every member of Congress, the president and top members of the administration. Users can also search their own ZIP codes to learn how their neighbors are allocating their political contributions. New users should note that the search features require that cookies be enabled.

This site is the online incarnation of a project the Center launched on paper in the 1980s. Founded in 1983, the nonprofit Center aims to create a more educated voter, an involved citizenry and a more responsive government. CRP’s website OpenSecrets.org has won four Webby Awards (2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) for being the best politics site online.

Support for CRP comes from a combination of foundation grants and individual contributions. Major donors to CRP include the Sunlight Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Joyce Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. CRP accepts no contributions from businesses, trade associations, or labor unions. According to the organization's 990 form, in 2007, it had just over $1 million in revenue and net assets of $1.6 million.

Sheila Krumholz has been the Center's executive director since December 2006, having served for eight years as CRP’s Research Director. She first joined the CRP staff in 1989 and was assistant editor of the very first edition of the printed volume of Open Secrets.

Information Technology Director Susi Alger and current Research Director Jihan Andoni have both worked for the Center since 1999. Communications Director Dave Levinthal, who serves as the Center's spokesman and edits the Capital Eye Blog, joined in 2009 after working for seven years as a political reporter at The Dallas Morning News.

Krumholz and Levinthal regularly appear as commentators and analysts on national news networks and programs, including CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio and the British Broadcasting Company. Hundreds of newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today, have also cited CRP data and quoted its directors. On October 30, 2007, the Center's former communications director, Massie Ritsch, was featured on the Colbert Report.

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