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This Kid Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians

This Kid Made an App That Exposes Sellout Politicians
The Greenhouse app highlighting how much money each industry gave Republican Congressman Mike Simpson before the last election With US politics swimming in so much corporate money that it's pretty much an oligarchy, it can be hard to keep track of which particular set of lobbyists is trying to milk more cash out of health care, fossil fuels, and other very important issues from one week to the next. But thanks to 16-year-old Nick Rubin, keeping track of just how much politicians have sold out has become a lot easier. He created Greenhouse, a new browser plug-in that operates under the motto "Some are red. Some are blue. All are green." I spoke to Nick Rubin about the plugin, politics, and what he calls the "money stories" behind what you read in the news. VICE: Hi, Nick. Why the name? Where did you get the information on the politician’s donations? Nick Rubin What are your political views, and how are they relevant to the tool? How does Greenhouse work? What do you hope from Greenhouse?

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