16-year-old designs program to show where politicians get their funding
WASHINGTON – Many Americans feel politicians in Washington aren’t representing them or their interests.
A new program claims it can help regular Americans see where each politician’s interests really lie.
The Greenhouse browser extension allows users to see exactly how much money politicians receive and which industries or groups fund those donations.
Once the extension is downloaded, users can hover over a politician’s name and see exactly how much funding they receive.
The designer of the program, Nicholas Rubin, said he wanted to increase transparency around the amount and source of funding of elected officials.
“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 further and further away from our Founders’ vision,” the website states.
Rubin was only 16-years-old when he designed the program.
While he is not even old enough to vote, says he wanted to do his part to fix the political system.
The program has already been downloaded thousands of times.
At one point, the website was receiving so much traction that it couldn’t keep up with demand.