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Want to Expose Financials of Corrupt Politicians? Use the Greenhouse Browser Plug-in

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posted on Feb, 18 2015 @ 04:18 AM
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A seventeen-year-old from Seattle was sick of how our political financing works and wanted to overcome the complicated systems that are involved in the financing of these businesses, so he decided to create ‘Greenhouse’. It is a browser extension that has changed the way people who are interested in finding the political campaign finance data of a politician accomplish their task; under the motto which reads, “Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.”

This free plug-in is currently available on Google Chrome, Safari and Firefox, and here is how it works: Once you have downloaded the plug-in from allaregreen.us... all you need to do is hover the mouse over the name of the Congress member on a webpage and Greenhouse will come up with all the online financing data available, displayed in a scorecard-like fashion as a pop-up.

“Back in [the] 7th grade I gave a presentation on corporate person hood and ever since then I have been really interested in that issue,” Nick said in an online interview. “I think the one problem is that the sources of income for members of congress haven’t been simple and easily accessible when people have needed it. More recently, I’ve been teaching myself how to code, and I thought that something like Greenhouse that puts the data at people’s fingertips would be a perfect solution. It really is the intersection of these two passions of mine—coding and politics. I made it after school and on weekends on my computer.”

Did we mention he is self taught in computer coding and spent ten months building Greenhouse? Greenhouse uses data from the previous full election cycle from 2012. The reason being is simple – that is the most recent and complete set of data available to him. But the plug-in does provide access to recent 2014 information by simply clicking on the name of the politician, this data is made available via www.opensecrets.org... For instance, four point eight percent of Representative Nancy Pelosi’s (from the district of California) contributions are from small donors. The same goes for outgoing Representative, Eric Cantor.

“Even kids at my age are able to see the data and recognize its problems, we’ll be growing up in this political system. As I went through the process and entered the information, what stood out to me is the scale of issue. I am intending to update the data as a whole later in the election cycle as the information available from 2014 are more complete. These are updates I am currently working on; as well as thinking of other ways I can expand the tool,” says Nick.

With United States politics swimming in a lot of corporate money, so much so that it pretty much is a form of a power structure in which power effectively rests with a small number of people, sometimes it can be hard to keep track of them. But Nick hopes that when a new bill comes up in the news, like a new drug, environmental or health care policy, people will use Greenhouse to gain more insight into and explain why a politician might be stressing the ‘new policy’.

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allaregreen.us...

www.engadget.com...

www.ora.tv...–real-life-vigilante-nick-rubin




posted on Feb, 18 2015 @ 05:48 AM
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Misspent Youth?

Not this guy!

Fantastic use of his talents as he could have easily went for an app that made him millions so that he might be on the list someday as well.


Peace



posted on Feb, 18 2015 @ 06:25 AM
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originally posted by: jude11
Misspent Youth?

Not this guy!

Fantastic use of his talents as he could have easily went for an app that made him millions so that he might be on the list someday as well.


Peace


This is a much better way of youth portrayal as opposed to the media's usual stance of youth betrayal.



posted on Feb, 18 2015 @ 08:29 AM
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a reply to: lucifuge

You may want to check your link - i"m getting an Error 404 message with the first link in your thread.

Very cool application this young bright student made - inspiring even for us older folks.

Once you have the add-on for Firefox/Safari or Chrome you can go to this website to analyze where various legislators are getting their funding from: www.opensecrets.org...

I thought I hated all add-ons until now haha



posted on Feb, 18 2015 @ 11:33 AM
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originally posted by: FamCore
a reply to: lucifuge

You may want to check your link - i"m getting an Error 404 message with the first link in your thread.

Very cool application this young bright student made - inspiring even for us older folks.

Once you have the add-on for Firefox/Safari or Chrome you can go to this website to analyze where various legislators are getting their funding from: www.opensecrets.org...

I thought I hated all add-ons until now haha


This is the link in full - Ora



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