Sarah Palin’s “Transparency” Proposal Is Actually Obama’s Idea and Already Exists in D.C.
Posted September 18th, 2008 by palinspin
In an effort to portray herself as a reform candidate, Sarah Palin has come out in favor of open government.
At a recent campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Palin made the following proposal.
Palin: “We’re going to do a few new things also. For instance, as Alaska’s governor, I put the government’s checkbook online so that people can see where their money’s going. We’ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. We’re going to bring that back to D.C.”
Only problem with her proposal is that it already exists in Washington and Barack Obama helped pass it. Obama was one of the co-sponsors of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2007. The act created a free, searchable web site (USASpending.gov) that discloses which entities or organizations receive federal funds as well as how much they receive.
Palin’s show of ignorance reinforces widespread concerns about her qualifications and continues to undermine her candidacy.
By the way, another co-sponsor of the law was John McCain.