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. Jay

    Try again, Sarah...

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

    "Google for Palin's Federal Knowledge" comes up empty.....no hits.

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

    Does McCain-Palin have any ideas of their own?

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Juan from L.A

    hahahaha...I wish the Obama campaign or his folks would look at the Political Ticker once in a while and used there stuff....

    I'm so serious. Obama and his team are too overconfident on this thing. So negligent.

    If it was Hillary or McCain in the reverse role ohhh God like 3 ads would had come out already. Never mention the big inexpericed pathological liar of Ms. Waldo up there.

    September 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. GET REAL.

    oops.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. Todd in SC

    LOL now this is funny. I still can't believe that ANYONE thinks this woman is qualified to be VP. Thank you Senator Obama by the way for the openness of the federal budget.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. McCain wants women to Vote Vagina!

    I can't... stop... LAUGHING! I'll probably post again later... Palin is the Democrat's gift that keeps on giving!

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. McCain Invented the BlackBerry, Palin Invented the Manure Spreader

    She's just keeps on shoveling it, doesn't she?

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Another Republican for Obama (this year)

    As if we needed any more proof that she is an idiot.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Heather Quick

    She really has no idea what she is doing... does she.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Lie-a-day Failin' Palin & Inane McCain Ain't Ready for Primetime

    Well, surprise, surprise! McCain and Palin seem to be doing a lot of "copying" these days from Obama's message and policies. Looks like Ms. Sarah learned a thing or two about plagiarism from Botox Barbie McCain! Recipes anyone?

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Rita

    Call a spade a spade. Gotta love those protesters...way to go gals!

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. KEITH/NV

    STOP LIYING THROUGH YOUR TEETHS MCCAIN/PALIN/LIE

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. diane08

    LMAO!!!! Good Job, Sarah. As always: A day late and a dollar short!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  15. John, FL

    Republican playbook: When down in the polls, copy your opponent's ideas.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Ex-Bush (McCain) Supporter

    Yet again............Another "Mis-spoken" word by Gigget. I am fed up the this duo. Enough of this. I pledge my support for Obama-Biden.
    John McCain/Sarah Palin are turning this presidential race into a complete joke. I am appuled and ashamed to be a lifelong Republician.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Betsy

    Palin and McCain love to steal other people's ideas, especially Obama's.
    I wonder if Palin is going to try and steal Condi Rice's speech on Russia today and try to use it in the debates with Senator Biden.

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  18. soccer moms for obama

    palin your 15 mins of fame is up.
    just go build your bridge to nowhere.

    you are totally stupid and dispicable.

    leave the leadership to the smart one.

    you and mcbush need to check into the nuthouse.

    obama 08

    September 18, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  19. rjp

    She's a pro.

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  20. Jeffrey

    I love her comments. Not only has her opposition done this, but he reached across party lines to do it.

    Way to go Sarah Palin. Just who is she running with.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Elliott Miles

    They dont have an ideas of their own so what??? what else is new. They should stick to making fun of community organizers and Obama's movie star friends......

    Fish/Lipstick 08'

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Copy cats

    Seems like they just keep stealing Obama's ideas, and they call themselves mavericks?????!!!!! Yeah, right!

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  23. ines

    Palin, what do you actually bring to the ticket?

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Fort Collins,Colorado

    Yea...that is funny!!!!! Obama is always a step ahead. He will make a great President!

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  25. Dave

    How about we start with the proper use of mail. why do we use personal email accounts to do government business? Mrs Palin should explain to us this first before trying to lecture us.

    September 18, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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