- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A political nonprofit group dedicated to providing voters with unbiased facts about candidates is moving to Iowa.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/2hiMc3W ) Vote Smart plans to trade its ranch in Montana for offices at Drake University.

The group’s national director Walter McKusick says Vote Smart has an annual budget of nearly $1 million. Its workers build a database of information on candidates and issues nationwide.

Vote Smart hopes that moving to Iowa will help make it more prominent.

The group is expected to bring 23 jobs and up to 70 part-time college internships to Des Moines.

The nonprofit, which used to known as Project Vote Smart, was founded in 1992 by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford and a bipartisan group of politicians.


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