Mountain Area Information Network

Citizen Action

A core goal of MAIN’s mission statement is supporting participatory democracy. To that end, we offer these links to help citizens engage their government at the local, state and national levels. If you know of helpful links that should be added to this list, please email

North Carolina Resources

News, Issues, and Action

  • C-SPAN Congressional Chronicle - an index to the C-SPAN video recordings of the House and Senate floor proceedings.
  • The Center for Public Integrity - nonprofit organization dedicated to producing investigative journalism on issues of public concern.
  • - Issues and Action section presents alerts on a range of current issues across the political spectrum.
  • CorpWatch - investigates and exposes corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption.
  • Essential Information - non-profit organization founded by Ralph Nader, involved in encouraging citizens to become active and engaged in their communities.
  • - nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.
  • Media Access Project - non-profit interest telecommunications law firm.
  • Moving Ideas - network of over 250 non-profit organizations at the forefront of progressive policy and advocacy work (like
  • Net Action - comprehensive guide to Internet outreach and advocacy. The site offers a self-guided Virtual Activist Training Course.
  • One World - global information network developed to support communication media.
  • Political Resources - provides tools for candidate, issue and corporate campaigns.
  • Public.Resource.Org - Making Government Information More Accessible
  • Real Clear Politics - culls and publishes commentary, news, polling data, and links from all points of the political compass.

Political Analysis

Party Websites