This guide acts as a quick reference to Federal, State, and City resources. It also includes information on non-partisan political organizations. To begin research on matters related to government operations, statistics, and policies, consult the extensive list of links maintained by the Serial and Government Publications Division of the Library of Congress at http://loc.gov/rr/news/extgovd.html.
https://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs IRS Tax Forms
http://publications.usa.gov/USAPubs.php Government Publications
http://fedstats.sites.usa.gov/ Federal Statistics
http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp Congressional Directory
http://www.census.gov/ Census Information
https://www.medicare.gov/ Medicare Benefits
https://www.socialsecurity.gov/ Social Security Information
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html Passport Services
http://www.ca.gov/ State Government
http://registertovote.ca.gov/ Voter Registration
http://dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/dmv/dmvhomes Department of Motor Vehicles
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/ Legislative Information
http://senate.ca.gov/ State Senate
http://assembly.ca.gov/ State Assembly
http://www.courts.ca.gov/ State Judicial Branch
https://www.ftb.ca.gov/ California State Tax Services
San Francisco Government
http://sfgov.org/ City Government
http://sf311.org/ City Services Contact Info
http://www.sfbike.org/ San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
http://sanfranciscobayferry.com/ Ferry Service
http://www.abag.ca.gov/ Association of Bay Area Governments
Non-Partisan Sources of Political Information
Congress.org is not affiliated with the U.S. Congress; it is a website dedicated to political advocacy and activism. The site includes a blog with state-by-state updates, advocacy guides, and contact information for elected officials.
This site reports on campaign finance, lobbying, and ethics in government. You will find detailed financial profiles of Presidential, House, and Senate candidates as well as exhaustive listings of contributions made by PACs, lobbyists, and individuals.
Opensecrets.org is maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics. The organization’s stated aims are to “inform citizens about how money in politics affects their lives, empower voters and activists by providing unbiased information, and advocate for a transparent and responsive government.” This website is a resource for information about federal campaign contributions, lobbying data, and analysis.
For each candidate, this site allows the user to access candidates' biographical information as well as voting records, position statements, speeches, funding, and endorsements by PACs and lobbies. Vote Smart refuses financial assistance from all organizations and special interest groups who lobby, support, or oppose any candidate or issue.