If you are among the growing number of Americans that think the amount of money in politics is getting out of hand, it looks like there’s finally an app for you. Greenhouse hopes to give some transparency to a system that desperately needs some sunlight.
Created by 16 year-old Nick Rubin, the Greenhouse app allows you to mouse over the name of any congressmen appearing in your browser and see the top 10 contributors to their campaign, along with a few other tidbits as well as links to further information. Understanding a particular politician’s motives becomes a bit easier when you see who’s been lining their pockets.
Greenhouse’s motto is “Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.” Regardless of party affiliations, Rubin insists that all politicians should strive to reduce the influence of money in politics and insure the people still have a say.
“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.”
Believing that the first step toward solving the problem is education, Rubin created the app to be simple and accessible to anyone. It uses data from the last completed election cycle (currently 2012) but more recent information is available through links within the popups. Armed with this information, voters will be able to make better informed decisions and “reject elected officials who are motivated by money instead of principles.”
As for the name, it’s actually pretty clever:
“Well, green is the color of money in the US, and house refers to the two houses of Congress. The name also implies transparency; greenhouses are see through and they are built to help things thrive.”
The free app is currently available for Safari, Chrome, and Firefox and is a handy tool for any political surfer.
h/t and photo: Vice,