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. endthenightmare..

    I am a Canadian (born and raised in Africa) who married an American, Seriously if the prospect McCain/Pailin gives an African born like me goosebumpscare (trust me I have seen a lot!), this is a true nightmare. The recent WALL street events tragic as they were... they may have helped to show who' s actually making sense. Some people just need to be gagged right now!!

    America you dont need this - wake up from your slumber and FAST! Vote for Obama and restore sanity to your country.

    September 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Indiana Dem

    McBush and Saracuda don't have a clue!

    September 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. ES NYC

    You guys have no clue what you are talking about, she's a hockey mom and a reformer, a pit bull with lipstick and she knows energy because without Alaska we would still use candles for light and she's very very strong and maverick also, and she has executive experience, she knows what it means to fire somebody, so please stop all your sexist attacks...

    Just kidding 😉

    September 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Baby Boomer

    Now you know why she is not allowed to speak without being coached first.

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. Seriously

    Googled again.... still no hits....

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Tony From Philly

    The old senile Senator from Arizona and the Hockey Mom are already bringing Washington to their knees! See it's working! They've got them shaking in their boots with all this reform talk!

    Like the rest of us.... shaking with laughter!

    Thank's for the reform Barack.... 2 years ago! With the help of a Republican, so much for not crossing the aisle!

    GOOOOOO Bama '08!

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. Graaf - Barbados

    OUT OF TOUCH!!! Let us shake up Washington and re-invent the wheel.

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Dakota

    100+ comments on this article, and not a single one shows support for the McCain/Palin ticket. go dems!

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  9. Christopher, Louisville, KY

    This is without a doubt the most hilarious story I have read all day, or at least it would be if there wasn't a serious chance this nitwit could end up president.

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Texun

    For every Democrat who will support McCain, there are four Republicans who will either vote for Obama or stay home, among my friends. Palin pushed a couple more out of the Republican column. John McCain is no Rhodes Scholar, but Palin makes him look smart. Perhaps that was on his mind when he selected her.

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  11. Sandy

    It is a same for Democrats like Marilyn who can't get over race to decide the future. What is worse is you would rather over look the facts and still find the energy to vote for the same suffering that Bush has inflicted that today makes the USA one of the poorest countries

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. charles

    were are the trolls.... ??????

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  13. USMC Mike

    LOL

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    This is the next Ad Obama airs against McLame ...

    Too funny, too funny indeed !!!

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  14. Steve

    We really do deserve better than this...

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  15. cathy

    No wonder they were keeping her away from the national media.

    September 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. John in Ohio

    Seemed somebody listened to all the idiots who say Obama hasn't done anything in the Senate. He's done a lot, and the Coburn-Obama act was just one part of the legislation he's worked on. Turn off Limbaugh and go to Google.

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. Slash

    Politics hasn't made me laugh this hard since...well, since the Republican Convention. Thank you, Governor Palin, for doing far more to elect Barack Obama than most of his most active campaign people.

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Joe

    I still like her for reasons I really can't explain.

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Carol

    Palin says she would reach across the isle and work with people who don't agree with her, but look at what happens to people who don't agree with her. ehem...troopergate.

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. JD

    Funny stuff, from the republicans!

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  21. ines

    Palin – Just what DO you bring to the ticket?

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  22. Tom

    Very funny. Somebody take them out of their misery. The Spain thing and this thing in one day!!!!!!!????

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. VCC

    Marilyn if you have truly been a democrat all your life and will now vote for the opposition, your only reason would be because Obama is black.

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Greg Rodgers

    Please say thanks, but no thanks to that joke from nowhere Alaska...

    Please tell McCain that we already had one....his Little Brother Bush!!

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  25. MarioB. from Berlin FOR OBAMA

    lol jesus how great is THIS??? hahahaha well Palin, little too late, hockey mom 😀
    I just can't stop laughing. Biden/Obama please jump on that train and tell that story to millions of people and viewers. This is fantastic, haha.

    Obama/Biden by landslide

    September 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
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