Good Jobs First

This is part ten in a series of posts that will explore some of the leading organizations from around the country that are engaged in unearthing and combating the influence of money in the political process.

Role in the Landscape

Good Jobs First focuses on corporate subsidies and works to promote corporate and government accountability around subsidies, economic development, and smart growth. They work with organizations by providing research, training, communications and consulting assistance.

Contact Information
1616 P Street NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036
http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/
(202) 232-1616

Research Director and the Director of the Corporate Research Project
Phil Mattera
pmattera@goodjobsfirst.org

Resources they Provide

Accountable USA: overviews of key subsidy programs in each state with cost figures and recipient information; http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/accountable-usa.

Subsidy tracker: A search engine that allows the user to search whether a company receives subsidies with details made available; http://subsidytracker.org/.

Corporate subsidy watch: provides case studies on subsidies for companies and industries; http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/corporate-subsidy-watch.

Wal-Mart subsidy watch: Subsidy tracking specific to Wal-Mart; http://www.walmartsubsidywatch.org/.

Corporate research project: contains reports about corporate responsibility issues for public distribution and a guide for doing corporate research online; http://www.corp-research.org/.

Dirt diggers digest: a blog centered on corporate misbehavior and how to research it; http://dirtdiggersdigest.org/.

GJF Resources In Action

Good Jobs First has worked with a range of organizations, including:

  • Tax and budget groups who are concerned about the impact of subsidies and money not being available for social services,
  • Unions who have wanted to research union-busting companies to see if they are receiving subsidies, and
  • Equity groups concerned with low-income areas not having their fair share of good-paying jobs.

Money in Politics series

  1. Money in Politics (introduction)
  2. Looking Beyond Campaign Contributions
  3. National Institute On Money In State Politics
  4. Center For Responsive Politics
  5. MOOSE: Monied Out-of-State Executives (case study)
  6. Public Campaign
  7. Common Cause
  8. MapLight.org
  9. Sunlight Foundation
  10. Good Jobs First
  11. Disinfecting Banker’s Day on the Hill (case study)
  12. Project Vote Smart
  13. Hitting the Jackpot (case study)
  14. Democracy North Carolina (case study)
  15. Connecticut Citizen Action Group (case study)

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