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Project Vote Smart (PVS) is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States. It covers candidates and elected officials in five basic areas: background information, issue positions (via the National Political Awareness Test), voting records, campaign finances, and interest group ratings. This information is distributed via their web site, a toll-free phone number, and print publications. Most notably The Reporter's Source Book and The Voter's Self Defense Manual, both of which are available for free by mail from PVS and in many U.S. libraries during election years. The National Political Awareness Test is an American initiative intended to make U.S. politics more transparent. ... A toll-free telephone number (or Freephone number in the UK) is a special telephone number, in which the calling party is not charged for the call by the telephone operator. ... Julio Pérez Ferrero Library - Cúcuta, Colombia A modern-style library in Chambéry A library is a collection of information resources and services, organized for use, and maintained by a public body, institution, or private individual. ...


PVS also provides records of public statements, contact information for state and local election offices, polling place and absentee ballot information, ballot measure descriptions for each state (where applicable), links to federal and state government agencies, and links to political parties and issue organizations.


The President of PVS, Richard Kimball, ran in Arizona in 1986 as the Democratic candidate to fill the US Senate seat previously held by Barry Goldwater, losing to Republican John McCain. 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... The United States Senate is the upper house of the U.S. Congress, smaller than the United States House of Representatives. ... Barry Morris Goldwater (January 1, 1909 – May 29, 1998[1]) was a five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953–1965, 1969–87) and the Republican Partys nominee for President in the 1964 election. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. ... John Sidney McCain III (born August 29, 1936) is an American Republican politician, currently the senior U.S. Senator from Arizona. ...


In 1992, 40 national leaders, including Goldwater, Kimball, and McCain, as well as former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter, founded PVS. In keeping with its nonpartisan mission, PVS does not accept financial contributions from lobbyists, governmental organizations, corporations, labor unions or other special interests. It is financed completely by donations of its more than 45,000 members and by grants from philanthropic foundations, including the Carnegie, Ford, Knight and Revson Foundations. Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. ... This article is becoming very long. ...


In 1999, Project Vote Smart established its headquarters and research center at the Great Divide Ranch, in the Rocky Mountains, near Philipsburg, Montana. The Great Divide Ranch is a 150 acre expanse at 6000' elevation and surrounded by mountains. The ranch provides beautiful views of the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. The ranch was established by taking advantage of the Homestead Act. Confectionary Company, see Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. ... The Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness is located in the U.S. state of Montana. ... The Homestead Act was a United States Federal law that gave freehold title to 160 acres (about 65 hectares) of undeveloped land in the American West. ...


The Ranch boasts an up-close, spectacular view of the Continental Divide, heavily populated with moose, elk, and other wildlife. The mountains, lakes, rivers and trees provide opportunities for hiking, skiing, world-class trout fishing and other outdoor adventures by simply stepping out the door. A continental divide is a line of elevated terrain which forms a border between two watersheds such that water falling on one side of the line eventually travels to one ocean or body of water, and water on the other side travels to another, generally on the opposite side of...


Project Vote Smart is kept alive by its members, who contribute financially as well as by donating their time by being member interns for a two week stay at the ranch. National Interns are typically college students from across America, but some may hail from abroad. National interns must live on the ranch and work 40 hours a week for 10 weeks, but schedules are flexible. The bottom line is that National interns must contribute 400 hours of work over the summer.


PVS accepts on average 40 students each summer as interns. Summer internships are fairly competitive, but spring and fall internships are less competitive. National interns are awarded the Barry Goldwater scholarship, which pays for the room and board of each intern for the ten weeks they are at the ranch. Barry Morris Goldwater (January 1, 1909 – May 29, 1998[1]) was a five-term United States Senator from Arizona (1953–1965, 1969–87) and the Republican Partys nominee for President in the 1964 election. ...


External links

  • Project Vote Smart web site

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