The focus of the social component of my white paper is how individual voters and active citizens are affected, and in turn, raise public opinions of influential corporate and political executives. I plan to focus my efforts on a few informative, data-based research sources that include OpenSecrets.org, the Sunlight Foundation and academic research papers [refer to below sources].
In particular, OpenSecrets.org is a component of the Center for Responsive Politics, a tracker of money among political groups, and key individuals. The database serves to educate citizens on the general flows of campaign finance and recurring trends, anomalies and other distinctive characteristics. I believe that its tools including sections on Industry Impact [ie. tracking the top industries that contribute the most lobbying funds, like Real Estate and Securities and Investment] and Revolving Door [including the “Featured Revolver,” one who has passed repeatedly from Congress to private industry and back]. OpenSecrets also provides links to a few differenct academic research papers from university professors and economists on the issue, and possible resolutions.
I referenced the Sunlight Foundation in my last post, which bears similarities with OpenSecrets. The two will provide ample resources for the social dimension of my white paper.
http://www.opensecrets.org/resources/learn/academic.php?type=rd – this provides a wealth of academic research papers, one or two of which I will read and actively utilize for key issues and solutions