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. This is funny

    This has become funny now.
    Bush follows Obama's lead.
    McCain follows Obama's lead.
    Now Palin follows Obama's lead.
    Do you know what this is called?
    Follow the leader... Obama is the leader. Do as he says...........

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

    lol...McCain/Palin ticket is officially the clueless ever in American Presidential history.

    One thinks Spain is in Latin America run by a dictator....

    The other's reform plan include implementing work already accomplished by the rival candidate.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    It would be funny if the polls isnt still close. How thick headed do you have to be b4 u see the light?

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Former Hillary supporter for Obama

    doh...
    Just cause I see Taco Bell from my work window doesn't mean I have foreign policy experience.

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

    Sarah just blumbles along...looking pathetic.

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. NY2Germany

    Finally you guys get aroud to calling her out on this. She's only said it about 20 times already. But aye, better late than never!!

    Now make it the headline of all your newscasts. You would if it was Barack or Biden.

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

    GOP supporters...look at real transparency and not just talk about it. Look at bi-partisanship and not just the ghost of what it used to be.

    Also look at the Obama-Luger bill as another example of Obama reaching across the aisle to get the job done.

    Your candidate with busy riding Bush's coattails.

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Chris - WI

    Caribou Cheney is becoming quite a blessing for Obama. Way to bring attention to how Obama has no record of working across the aisle.

    In the same week that McSame claims "the fundamentals of the economy are strong."

    McInsane and Sarah Pain Gaffes = PRICELESS

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Rob in Sacramento

    more proof that palin is a 'transparent' fraud. ill be glad after the humiliating loss in November sends her back to the tundra.
    whats the difference between dan qualye & sarah palin?
    lipstick!

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

    This is just too funny. She is an idiot!

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. jm for sc

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

    What more do people need to know in order to see that Palin is just reading the contents of scripts written by others without checking to see if thery are valid. Prior to accepting the VP offer, I don't think Palin even watch the news. Otherwise, she would know how the media works and would not have accepted it as she knew her past would come home to roost.

    Obama/Biden 08

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

    Wow

    I hope she feels stupid

    I didnt know he actually did that, but then again, im not the Governor nor am I running for VP

    She should have known that, with her "experience" and all

    I hope someone calls her out, like TODAY

    I hope she keeps on talking, because she is sounding silly

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

    Once again, she has no clue. Gov. Palin could end up winning this election - for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. no trickle down...

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.... ah.

    It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
    There is so much at stake in this election.
    Yet another case of McCain/Palin lies and deception, taking credit for ideas and accomplishments they have no right to!

    They disgust me!

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

    WAY TO GO CNN!!! Journalism is back!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  15. Mary Steins

    Yes, this is one of those pieces of legislation that not one Republican or News Anchor could recall when all the lies were being thrown around my McSame and Failin. Obama had never authored any significant legislation.

    Check out Obama's Record! There is a lot of substance there actually.

    Republicans can only lie, cheat and steal this election. They have no morals to win on anymore.

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

    How does she keep being allowed to say bs on the trail and stump?? Daily proof that she knows little about anything beyond Alaska...

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

    Duh!!

    Obama/Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Yasriel

    The Headline should be changed to recognize the fact she wants to take credit for Obama's ideas.
    How about: "Palin advocates Obama's solution"

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. RR in AZ

    Burn!! And people actually think this person is ready to be Vice President! With a Journalism Degree, she should know to check her resources before speaking.........CNN Please post, Thanks!

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

    What an idiot!

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

    HAHAHAHAHAHA breathe HAHAHAHAHAHAHA this just keeps getting better and better.

    ./grabs his popcorn and waits for the debates.....

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. Kent, Illinois

    That seems to be the narrative of the GOP candidates this year. They have seen how Obama's policies have sparked interest from the public and so they try to pretend they have come up with some of them themselves. CHANGE for example. REFORM for another. Both have nothing to do with the GOP. The words do not exist for Republicans. If they say them the base knows it is a lie and they let it slide. Say anything to fool non-Republicans to vote for the GOP. I'm not buying it...............

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. RYAN kr Jr

    Obama the good choice. McCain/Palin the copycat...

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Jerad H.

    It's funny to see you media types go out of your way to discredit everything that comes out of the McCain campaign. If only you guys would be so thorough with Obama. I guess it's too much to ask that you treat the candidates equally. Let me ask you Mr. Hamby, are you a paid employee of the Obama campaign, or do you just volunteer?

    September 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Kim E.

    HAHAHAHA!!!! Remember, he's "inexperienced", an "empty suit". If so, then why do they keep stealing his ideas and policies and claiming them for their own??

    Barack the Vote!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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