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Campaigns can be devastated by opponents pretending to be volunteers and donors. These ten free background research services help reveal the truth.

It's advisable to first test the accuracy of a service first by querying it about a person you know. Make sure to conduct your research in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) guidelines.

DemLabs does not endorse any of the ten services below. You should also conduct your own independent research.

Background information


This people search engine finds the person behind the email address, social username or phone number. It connects publicly available online and offline information from millions of sources to report a person's personal, professional, demographic and contact information.
Project Veritas Exposed
"The goal of this site is to serve as a research resource for individual and organizational targets of Project Veritas, lawyers representing the victims, and the media". This website is a project of The Undercurrent which is produced by Lauren Windsor and sponsored by American Family Voices.

Fast People Search
Offers a reverse name, address in order to find the owner of a phone number, their age, location and other details. It includes landline, cell phone, business and residential phone numbers.

Allows you to search for people with either a name, name and address or a phone number. It provides their age range, wealth score, propensity to donate and estimated net worth.

Retrieves online news, photos and videos about a person. It let's you match their photo  with whom they claim to be and also review the nature of their online video posts.

Online identities

Checks a username against 160 social networks to see which sites they are active on and what they are posting. (This service can also be used to check if someone is impersonating you on a social network site with a username resembling yours).


Open Corporates
Provides details on the company that an individual either works for or did so in the past.

Market Visual
Visual network of a persons academic and work related connections.

Voting & donation records

Voter registration records
Reports public voter registration records including party and language preference for states and counties which provide such information.

Reports on the donations made by an individual to a candidate using publicly available records from the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Political Money Line
Reports donations made by an individual by election cycle. ("The Federal Election Commission records all receipts from individuals who contribute over $200").

Do your background research on that eager volunteer and that mysterious donor. It's always better to be safe, than sorry. Let us know of other helpful resources and we'll be glad to publicize them. Thanks.

Co-Founder, DemLabs
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