Politicians For Sale? There's An App For That

Tyler Durden's picture

We have not been shy about exposing the dark shadowy under-belly of lobbyists funding politicians (as most recently noted with Cantor's catastrophe) but now, as Engadget reports, finding out which representatives are in the pocket without a lot of tedious research just got a lot easier. A 16-year-old programmer has developed a browser plugin - Greenhouse - that, when you mouse-over the name of a US lawmaker, will serve up a list of which parties have donated to their campaign funds, and the quantities. Better than flappy-birds?



Read more from Engadget here

Visit The Greenhouse app page here

And here is the 16-year-old programmer's credo:

It is my hope that providing increased transparency around the amount and source of funding of our elected representatives may play a small role in educating citizens and promoting change. If you use the extension when reading about a Congressional vote on energy policy, for example, maybe you’ll discover that a sponsor of a bill has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry. Or maybe you'll learn that the top donors to a member of Congress who opposes tort reform are lawyers and law firms. I use data from the last full election cycle (generally 2011-12 for Representatives and 2007-12 for Senators) and plan to update it as more relevant data becomes available. Special thanks to OpenSecrets.org for providing access to that data.


The motto of Greenhouse is: “Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.” What it signifies is that the influence of money on our government isn’t a partisan issue. Whether Democrat or Republican, we should all want a political system that is independent of the influence of big money and not dependent on endless cycles of fundraising from special interests. The United States of America was founded to serve individuals, not big interests or big industries. Yet every year we seem to move farther and farther away from our Founders' vision.

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Theta_Burn's picture

Well done young man..

Funny how the pelosi ends up on front page....

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Bribery is an act of giving money or gift giving that alters the behavior of the recipient. Bribery constitutes a crime and is defined by Black's Law Dictionary as the offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of any item of value to influence the actions of an official or other person in charge of a public or legal duty.

For example...

...three-point example of Microsoft legislating profits that is so simple
to understand even most Americans should be able to get it.



CH1's picture

Of course political donations are bribery. It is self-delusion to think otherwise.

But, then again, self-delusion lies at the core of statism.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Healthcare "reform"?

Obamacare...of, by, and for the health insurance companies;
guaranteeing profits and eliminating the competition...just like the
Federal Reserve Act did for big banks 100 years ago.

Remember kids, bribery is against the law.








And don't forget that the NYPD are FOR SALE, too...



JP Morgan Chase Donates $4.6 Million To NYPD On Eve Of Protests

Top Gear's picture

Seems there is a market for everything! Problem?

zaphod42's picture

For those who wonder whether Obama is a socialist, remember that the Nazi party in Germany was the National Socialist Party.  He's just another damned Fascist!


Oh regional Indian's picture

Born to tech and in-formed. Young people like this will make the "machine" work for the greater good.

Millions like him, it could be revolutionary.

Get him a kickstarter page someone.


Da Yooper's picture


You do realize young people like him


VOTED for the HNIC

exi1ed0ne's picture

I thought Diebold did most of the voting nowadays

Pool Shark's picture



Make politicians wear the insignias of their sponsors:


"The Chair now recognizes the senator from Goldman Sachs..."


boattrash's picture

Make them walk naked from the waist down, through the French Quarter, with a "For Rent" sign hanging above their ass to raise funds. Doubt Pelosi would be at the top of the list anymore.

Freddie's picture

Actor Gary Oldman (libertarian) calling Pelosi a f**king cunt and he hates political correctness.


The guy has balls.  Americans are cowards.

therover's picture

Gary Oldman...one of my favorite actors of all time.

Cathartes Aura's picture

if you haven't seen this, do yourself a favour. . .

early Oldman, pre-Hollywood.

WillyGroper's picture

OK, you just made my day. 

Only watched the first 4 min. 

Got a really good guffaw!

Cathartes Aura's picture

heh, you'll be grinding yer teeth before it's over. . .

queue this one up next: 


Mike Leigh "director", a truly gifted auteur

Oldman's character isn't a main role, but very memorable - plus it sets up his ongoing friendship with Tim Roth (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead)

it's one of my all-time faves. . . ahh, the memories.

DaveyJones's picture

is there an app which shows us which "terrorist" groups have received our money or training?

You could make a killing on that

Da Yooper's picture

I think it would be a whole lot easier to develop an app to tell us


WHO isn't on the take


As far as I am concerned they are all on the take UNTIL they prove otherwise

doctor10's picture

Well done!!  "Public Service" is intended to be just that. Not a career. As part of that service any Federal, state or local official , during tenure of office, should be prepared to have their daily meeting schedules and financial records on their website. If nothing else, living a life so public and so open would ensure a temprary tenure for most offices.

The Wizard's picture


What is ingenious about this one is kids have been dumb down by a socialist educational system and many are now figuring out how they are being manipulated and controlled because of the transparency created by the internet. Any wonder why the scumbags want control of the internet. Good work son, develop an app for the original 13th amendment.


exi1ed0ne's picture

There are a lot of the younger generation that know what is going on, but you only ever see the shithead good-for-nothings in official media.  Propaganda that divides is good propaganda.

pods's picture

People don't give a shit who owns their politician, only how much graft they get at the trough.

It isn't like this informtaion isn't out there already.


Theta_Burn's picture

They may not give a shit because theres no app for it. but now thanks to this kid millions more ppl could potentially "enter into the light"

CH1's picture

The more organized crime is exposed, the better.

WillyGroper's picture

wake me up when he gets to the corporations are people pac money.

DC chamber of commerce...

pods's picture

If people cannot get a clue with all the information out there now, everywhere, they don't want a clue.

It is as CD opines all the time. We are our own enemy.  This app is cute and kudos for the kid to actually make it, but if they don't know it is because they don't want to know.


Grande Tetons's picture

Maybe we could brand a Zerohedge Jr. to start the little ones on the path to being smart assed enlightened beings. 

Grande Tetons Jr. or Little Tetons, if you will, could post Fuck the Fed for the first time. Then, recesss bitchez! 

bugs_'s picture

be the first kid suspended from school for wearing zerohedge gear

WillyGroper's picture

"they don't want a clue"

I'm gonna disagree on that one for a simple reason. Not everyone plays chess. They cannot anticipate the implications beyond the immediate. e.g.

Two educated folks, one Dr. the other nurse. Nurse uses farcebook. When told of the latest farcebook revelation, eavesdroping, replied "I don't care".  Both of them willingly submitted their DNA to 23M for genealogy purposes knowing full well how the insurance industry works. Hells bells, the Dr. (surgeon) was called to testify repeatedly as an expert witness on workmans comp fraud. Neither has a clue about how this can not only affect them, but how they've just unwittingly exposed every relative they have. 

People can be incredibly intelligent yet incapable of pouring piss out of a boot with a hole in the toe & directions on the heel. 

A hearty bravo to any 16 yr old that can identify the root of the problem or even cares. I know at 16 yrs of age I wasn't plugged in. 

Cathartes Aura's picture


People can be incredibly intelligent yet incapable of pouring piss out of a boot with a hole in the toe & directions on the heel.

thanks for the visual, could use a laugh today. . .

there's a difference between ingesting whole what you are "taught" - which is really just a lot of memorisation of stuff that gets you a place in the System,

and learning to Think for yourSelf, which may not get you money & power, but has more worth as you navigate reality.

drones.  they fly, and they crawl over the ground, filling up all the space(s).

DaveyJones's picture

you sound angry

is it the subject?

pods's picture

To be honest, idk Davey.  I am half snarky, have asshole today I guess.  

Political things tend to bring out the half asshole must be?


Grande Tetons's picture

I like this kid. Maybe, there is hope after all. 

FuzzyDunlop21's picture

The only hope I have is that he doesnt get a nailgun for his 17th birthday

NotApplicable's picture

The kid himself is addicted to hope.

He's in for a big disappointment someday.

NoDebt's picture

Not too shabby, son.  A lot more descriptive than just putting an (R) or (D) after their name.

therover's picture

Right. It shows that (R) and (D) don't mean SHIT and are exactly the same scum in the pond.

Ban KKiller's picture

Giving pond scum a bad name. A vital habitat!

Osmium's picture

Educating citizens.  LOL, Well, he's still young so you can understand his confusion.

aardwolf's picture

Just installed!!! Great idea! I thought of something like this a while ago, but I'm glad some tech savy youngster has actually got off his ass and made it a reality :) Unlike keyboard warriors like myself. Well done lad!!! The people are grateful.

pathetic looser's picture

what if a group of likeminded regular citizens invested their money into lobbying for their inerests? lets say 10mil people 100$ each , and do it online . caould that be effective?

CH1's picture

Let it go. These people aim to rule you. Period. There is no hope of convincing them to be nicer next time.

SWCroaker's picture

I refuse to cave in to having to "buy" my government.  Cut their power by 95%, restrict them to what is in the constitution, and there is NO NEED for ANYONE to "buy" them, becuase they are suddenly not worth the money.   It would be like paying off your postman...

pathetic looser's picture

i agree it just seems we dont have any other way to influence at all

NotApplicable's picture

No matter what, you will NEVER have any influence. Organized crime is organized the way it is for a reason.

No amount of facade polishing will ever change that.

the not so mighty maximiza's picture

i like it , watch out for nail guns kid