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Old 03-01-2004, 01:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
This sounds awfully unbiased to me...

"Project Vote Smart's policies, procedures and structure are designed to guarantee absolute impartiality and standards of excellence in fulfillment of its mission. Key characteristics in maintaining this integrity include:

Nonpartisan-- PVS was inaugurated in 1992 by national leaders as diverse as former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, former U.S. Senators Barry Goldwater and George McGovern, and former U.S. Representatives Newt Gingrich and Geraldine Ferraro. All Founding Board members must join with an ideological opposite to provide balance and ensure strict impartiality in PVS programs and materials.

Non-profit-- As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, PVS is funded exclusively through private donations by over 45,000 members, and grants from private philanthropic foundations, including the Carnegie, Ford, Pew and Revson Foundations and others. All member contributions are tax-deductible.

Independent-- To guarantee its integrity and accountability as a nonpartisan and wholly objective service to the American people, PVS does not accept financial contributions from lobbyists, governmental organizations, corporations, businesses or special interests.

Objective-- Every candidate - Democrat, Republican, third party or independent is treated with equal deference, and only relevant and unbiased facts are presented. PVS does not lobby for, support or oppose any candidate, position or issue. All PVS staff and interns are required to sign a pledge affirming their commitment to absolute impartiality.

Reputable-- Over 5,000 public libraries and over 250 national and local news organizations, including CNN, C-SPAN, Cox News, Fox, Knight-Ridder, MTV, National Journal, NBC, Newsweek, PBS, MSNBC and Washington Week in Review, sponsor PVS. Find out what they're saying about us.

Mission-oriented-- PVS is structured similarly to the Peace Corps and operated by interns, member volunteers and a modest number of staff at our Great Divide Ranch in Montana. Staff members commit to work through the next general election, accepting only minimal salaries.

Thorough-- PVS works with a bipartisan cross-section of political scientists from around the country to provide maximum objectivity and depth to PVS programs and services. These consultants give PVS researchers input on the construction of the National Political Awareness Test (NPAT), assistance with selection of Congressional key votes and review of issue briefs."
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