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  • Capitol Words — Explore the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search Congressional Record data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician.
  • Dodd-Frank Meeting Logs — See which lobbyists and executives from Wall Street firms, big banks, insurance companies and others are meeting with financial regulators about implementation of the financial reform law.
  • Follow the Unlimited Money — Check out our searchable database which follows super PACs and other outside groups that are paying for ads and other forms of political communication, in real time.
  • House Expenditures Database — Review the data on how the U.S House of Representatives spend taxpayer money on staff, office supplies, travel and other expenses. Data is current since July 1, 2009.
  • Influence Explorer — Connect the dots of political contributions, lobbying, grants and contracts on the federal and state level by tracking influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual on this flagship site.
  • Lobbying Tracker — Follow Washington influence and keep up with K Street, including new lobbyist registrations, revolving door deadlines and a foreign lobbying database.
  • Party Time — Know when and where congressional and presidential candidates are raising money; from the early hours of the morning until late in the evening, politicians are partying.
  • Political Ad Sleuth — Help us unlock political ad files at TV stations across the U.S. and post the information online.
  • Politwoops — Monitor the only comprehensive collection of deleted tweets for members of Congress and presidential candidates. From quick typos to major gaffes, read what they hoped you didn't see.
  • Scout — Create customized email or text alerts on actions Congress takes on an issue or a specific bill, as well as search federal regulations and track bills in all 50 states.

Read more about these tools and other Sunlight Foundation projects.