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. DMS FOR OBAMA

    OK, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T HAVE THE GUTS TO SAY IT, HERE IT GO'S.......... SARAH PALIN HAS NO EXPERIENCE TO BE THIS COUNTRY'S VICE PRESIDENT NOR 1 HEARTBEAT AWAY FROM BEING OUR PRESIDENT AND MORE IMPORTANTLY ********SHE'S A LIAR*******SHE HAS TOLD AND GOTTEN CAUGHT TELLING MORE LIES SINCE BEING NAMED MCSAMES RUNNING MATE AND I CAN NOT BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE TAKEN BY HER BS. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE OLD MAN JUST PICKED HER TO BOOST HIS LOOSING CAMPAIGN.

    PEOPLE, PLEASE GET A CLUE............................

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. M

    That's because the Republicans want someone who doesn't know hardly anything about US (or Foreign) policy of any kind to be VP. The Republicans also want someone who doesn't even know how to use a computer to be President....this is frightening on several levels. Needless to say... OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. prairieguy

    You're just a little late Palin...maybe you better ask your handlers things before you go shooting off your mouth on things you know nothing about...but then you probably would never be able to talk!!

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. ATLian

    Wait. I thought Obama NEVER reached across the isle. LOL!!

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. greedyboy

    Another reason to vote for Obama. Palin/McCain are at least, conservatively speaking, one step behind Obama at every turn. She is a joke.

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Cathy

    Palin needs to just stop.....

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  7. Z4Obama

    Palin is an idiot and she shows it more and more each day. Rove is right, the excitement over Palin will die down because Americans are not dumb and they'll realize soon enough that Mccain/Palin are impostors and liars.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Obama-Junkie, IL

    Hopefully, the mainstream news media picks up on this instead of letting this idiocy from Palin go unchecked and unchallenged!

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Missy

    Uh... well what do you expect from someone who claims to have dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween? (I've seen Tina Fey. She's not Dracula for God's sake). I wonder how often Palin had to explain, as she trick-or-treated, who she was 'supposed to be.'

    Wow! What a knucklehead.

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    OMG...trying to write a serious, well thought out response but I am too busy laughing at the inept McCain-Palin ticket to do that right now!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Ryan

    She really is an original maverick! What a joke!

    September 18, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. MW / Calif.

    That's hilarious. Thanks for the good laugh Prom Queen!

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Not sleeping at the switch

    QUICK!!!! Someone tell her that the Personal Computer has ALSO been Invented already before she takes credit for that too!

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. John

    What's available now is no where near what she's talking about to acheive full accountability...it's only a beginning. But let us not confuse what she's proposing, with the limited amount of information available today.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Parrot Talk

    I call her Palin the Parrot because she repeats the same things over and over and over and over and when she tries to think of something new to say she does not answer the question. "What specific foreign experience do you have" Prock – I am confident in my confidence – Prock! I love it!

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. NoMcSame

    LOL Ha ha ha ha aaaha. OoooooWe. As they say "a day late and a dollar short". She is a Few cards short of a full deck. We can win just by letting her talk. Come on McSame put her out there we can use the laughs. This made my day and I can't wait to hear what you have in store for me tomorrow. You better take her back and reshuffle the deck or give her back that tired speech that she loves to give.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. DB

    She certainly provides a plethora of comedy material! this will go well with "thanks but no thanks!" and "she never requested earmarks as Governor of Alaska!" or "I can see Russia from my house."

    You couldn't make this stuff up. Priceless.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  18. Mark

    The veneer is coming off, and people are rightfully infuriated with this liar.

    Obama '08, Obama '08

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. barbara

    Keep talking Governor!! Oops, that might be hard to do with your foot in your mouth.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. vw

    CNN, you can even say OB has ever been a "governor" somewhere other than a community organizer. You can also say it is indeed "Americans" need OB to be the president of USA other than "the European countries".

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Sue

    Boy isn't she inovative. She is so informed on the issues. What a complete moron.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  22. Republicans Hate America

    Now she is saying Palin – McCain ticket. He better watch out looks like the inbreed husband of hers will push McBush down the stairs.

    Fish/Lipstick 08 the campaign to nowhere!

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  23. Will

    She did not propose to put the Federal checkbook online. Read what she actually said: She just promised to bring that kind of transparency to all of Washington D.C. She used it as an example of the transparency she will bring throughout all of Washington. You are all so ill-informed

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Crispus

    This is for all the people that try to say Obama has not done anything substantive in government. Most of the people get on internet and claim Obama has no experience never look at the facts about his voting record. Palin is just a political lightweight and misinformed on the issues.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. luvamerica

    This is soooo sad. Now do her supporters realize that she can not run this country. It will get worse. Go Obama, the job is already a don deal and she did not know it.

    September 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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