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Wednesday, February 12, 2003

New NGO links include Global Exchange, The RICS Foundation + OpenSecrets.Org (thanks to Kevin at Reach M).

Global Exchange is a very practical NGO from the US which campaigns for fair trade, greater democracy in international decision making + improved understanding within and between rich and poor countries.

The RICS Foundation conducts research into land, property, construction + development and applies it's knowledge in ways that help to encourage more sustainable development by acting as a "catalyst between the private, academic and government sectors".

Finally, OpenSecrets.Org provides a fascinating breakdown of how the US Republican + Democratic parties are funded. This site offers details on how much money each candidate has received in hard + soft funds from different business sectors, individual donors and by geographical area.

I was amazed to see that the Democratic Party raised $466,095,255 + the Republican Party raised $652,098,012 during the 2001-2002 Election Cycle! By comparison the total for political funding in the UK is tiny (less than $30,000,00 per annum) and provided to a considerable extent by the state - as you can see at the CleanPolitix website.