> By Matthew A. DeBellis
> January 15, 2000
> The Internet is probably the only place where the AFL-CIO, Christian
> Coalition of America, and the Sierra Club would consider mingling.
> The groups swallowed hard and became cofounding sponsors of Voter.com, a
> for-profit Web site that wants to give voters greater access to local,
> state, and federal politicians. This week, Voter.com added venture
> capital firms to its ranks of supporters. Sigma Partners and Charles
> River Ventures contributed $5 million each, Bessemer Venture Partners
> weighed in with $4 million, and previous investor Skywood Ventures and
> individual investors contributed $1 million.
> The company plans to hire a 50-person editorial staff to write original
> news stories and aggregate news content from sources ranging from
> national newspapers to small local dailies. The staffers will strive to
> report objectively on local, state, and national political news, Mr.
> Dangel says. (The company's workforce is sliced evenly three ways --
> Democratic, Independent, and Republican.)