This is a great browser plugin to use while checking out political sites, no matter which side you are on.
I heard about this plugin some time ago while watching a tech and political show on YouTube, but I forgot to share it here on my blog. What is it? Let me take a direct quote from the official site: “[this extension] exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation.” So basically, this plugin underlines names on pages and allows you to view the amount of money that person receives (and from whom) just by hovering over their name! You can also click the box that pops up to see more information from http://opensecrets.org/
Why should you care about this sort of stuff? Well, if you’re reading political articles already, it’s best to know how much a politician may be influenced by a certain group. It’s an easy way to keep track of their “owners,” and you can see what kind of bull shit they’ll be spewing.
Where can you download this plugin? Simply go to http://allaregreen.us and click one of the download buttons. It works on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. If you know other people that enjoy politics or read a lot about politics online, tell them about this plugin and spread the love.
One of the things I found amazing is how this extension was created by a 16 year old. The kid’s name is Nicholas Rubin, and he’s a self-taught coder. Maybe in the future this kid could add all relevant politicians to the extension. Or maybe we can get that amendment passed to stop all this money in politics!