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Here are some great tools built and managed by the Sunlight Foundation that you may find interesting.

Capitol Words explores the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search the data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician.

Influence Explorer connects the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level allowing you to track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.

Open States allows anyone to discover more about lawmaking in their state. With Open States, you can track state bills, get campaign and contact information for legislators and follow all the action across 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Party Time documents the political fundraising circuit. From the early morning hours until late at night, there are opportunities for members of Congress, presidential and congressional candidates to meet with supporters behind closed doors, press them for money and party. Breakfasts, luncheons, barbecues, golfing outings, receptions, concerts, basketball, baseball, football—the social whirl is endless.

Political Ad Sleuth is an opportunity for local volunteers to help us make a national, online database of TV stations’ public ad files. This paperwork, which every broadcaster keeps but doesn’t post online, contains important information about who is buying airtime for political ads.

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NASE Supports Small Business Legislation Introduced By Sen. Merkley

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

For Immediate Release: Contact:    Kristin Oberlander
(202) 466-2100
koberlander@NASEadmin.org
Twitter: koberlander

 

NASE Supports Small Business Legislation Introduced By Sen. Merkley

Bill Would Assist Small Businesses With Start-Up Expenses

Washington, D.C., July 8, 2009 -- Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has introduced legislation, endorsed by the NASE, to encourage job creation and support small business owners by cutting taxes for the start-up costs of small businesses.

The Small Business Jump Start Act of 2009 (S. 1402) is cosponsored by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and is also endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

“In this difficult economic time it is imperative that we help our nation’s newest entrepreneurs start their business off right,” said Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the NASE’s Legislative Office. “The Small Business Jump Start Act of 2009 will greatly assist start-up ventures at the most critical time – their first year of business – and give them the financial boost they need to succeed.”

The legislation will increase the small business start-up expenses deduction from $5,000 to $10,000 and increase the threshold for the deduction phase-out from $50,000 to $60,000.

“As our economy begins to recover, small businesses will lead the way,” Sen. Merkley commented. “One of the best ways we can encourage job growth is to help small businesses through their first year. For the majority of small business owners, the first year is the toughest. New entrepreneurs must hire employees, attract clients, start up administrative systems, and find a suitable facility. By doubling the deduction for start-up costs, this new legislation will encourage the job growth that will get our economy moving again.”

The legislation would increase the number of businesses who can claim the entire $10,000 deduction in the first year. If a new small business has over $60,000 in expenses, the first-year deduction is phased out on a dollar for dollar basis. For example, if a start-up company has $61,000 in expenses, they can take a $9,000 deduction in their first year with the remaining $1,000 spread out over the next 15 years, just as in current law. 
 



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