September 18th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
9 years ago

Palin's transparency proposal already exists in D.C.

Sarah Palin says she will bring the same kind of transparency she brought to Alaska to Washington, D.C..

Sarah Palin says she will bring the same kind of transparency she brought to Alaska to Washington, D.C..

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) - Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she “put the government checkbook online” in Alaska. On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.

“We’re going to do a few new things also,” she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. “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.”

There’s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online – somebody’s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.

Watch: Palin says 'Obama hasn't lifted a finger'

In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, also known as “Google for Government.” The act created a free, searchable web site – USASpending.gov - that discloses to the public all federal grants, contracts, loans and insurance payments.

In June of this year, Obama and Coburn introduced new Senate legislation to expand the information available online to include details on earmarks, competitive bidding, criminal activities, audit disputes and other government information.

Palin might also have noted that her running mate, John McCain, was an original co-sponsor of the 2006 transparency bill that became law.

UPDATE: A campaign spokesperson insisted that Palin was referring not to that specific proposal, but rather to "that kind of transparency in general."


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soundoff (413 Responses)
  1. sophia nyc

    Biden is going to chew her up and spit her out in the debates.

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. TC

    THIS WOMAN BECOMES MORE OF A JOKE EVERYDAY!

    WHAT A PATHETIC PHONY!

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. What?????

    I love it

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. DEMOCRAT I N H I DING

    T H A T" S--–S O M E T H I N G---–A L L---O F---U S---

    S H O U L D--–B E--–I N ---F A V O R--O F---–

    R E G A R D L E S S---O F--P A R T Y-----L I K E NE S S

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. ClintonDem4Cynthia08

    The only thing left to be decided in this election is which lie about "change", which brand of poison to pour down the throats of the American populace. Vote GREEN.

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  6. cara

    Once again, Moose girl strikes with her dumb insanity.

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Liviu

    The pain from Spain rains mainly on McCain!

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. tara

    This woman needs to shut up and go back to hunting moose!

    Obama/Biden '08/'12

    September 18, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Republican for Obama

    Been there, done that! Yes we can!

    September 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. RYAN

    OBAMA has already done that! Does Sarah have one original idea in her head...apparently NOT!

    VOTE OBAMA, the SANE choice!

    September 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Mike

    It is limited...

    September 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. Matt M.

    D'oh! Somebody needs to train her better.

    September 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. Karen

    It shows again how uninformed she is. Her candidacy is a joke.

    September 18, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  14. John in Ohio

    Could the Republicans please stop stealing Obama's ideas?

    Thanks.

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. mk

    Ouch....

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. Debra

    McPalin = CopyCats

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  17. Joyce, nj

    LOL! Lots of catching up to do Sarah. That's a big ooops moment.

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. Rob

    can someone show this woman the door. she put her town in 20 milion debt and can't even come up with an original thought.it must be the moose meat

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. Independent for O'Bama

    Whoops! Aww heck, what's another lie?

    Also, I thought O'Bama had absolutely nothing accomplished in the way of Bi-partisanship while in Congress?

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. rice, bryan

    did she mention where the money went on the bridge to nowhere went? i bet you anything she didn't. transperancy my eye, liars!!

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  21. Ex-mod-GOP for Obama

    Oh, that's rich.

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Lila

    LMAO

    Obama should use this in an ad.

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. WI Cheesehead

    Alaskan Moose in the headlights

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Don

    *****And we want her for VP?????? This would be a free trip to Disneyland and her and Goofy would work fine together.

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Wade

    Have you noticed that John McCain looks more and more confused?

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
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