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Pre-Election Fact Checking
Unless you've been living under a rock the last several months, you know that this coming Tuesday is Election Day. If you're still unsure whether or not that statement from one of the presidential candidates is true or not, let us help - it's not too late to get the facts! The following is a list of the most reputable, non-partisan fact-checking organizations working overtime to keep the public informed this election cycle.
- Politifact - This Pulitzer Prize-winning site features the Truth-O-Meter™, which reports on the candidates' veracity on a scale between Pants on Fire and True. Follow them on Twitter here.
- Factcheck.org - This organization is a nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.
- Washington Post's Fact Checker - This site ranks statements on a "Pinocchio" scale. Journalist Glenn Kessler, who runs this blog, not only verifies politicians but also political advocacy groups.
- Open Secrets - This site follows the money. It allows you to easily track campaign spending and contributions and also tracks the money that the private sector, industry groups, unions, and other lobbyists spend to attempt to influence Congress.
- Snopes.com - Probably the most well-known of all the debunking sites, Snopes isn't only for researching strange rumors. You can use the site to check political statements, too.
Happy (Informed) Voting!