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. John, Brooklyn, New York

    It astonishes me just how poorly vetted and even more poorly handled poor Governor Palen is been. She is clearly way above her pay grade and reminds me of Ross Perot's running mate when he said "Who am I and what am I doing here?"

    I'm not a fan of hers but, I have to say, I've gone from fearing her stardom...to recognizing a formidable opponent who has flaws...to pity...in just two short weeks!

    September 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Chris, former Republican

    A little advice for the beauty queen. When you dig yourself into a hole the first rule is to stop digging. I think Joe Biden was wrong. The third sequel to Dumb and dumber is better.

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

    Just for clarification, John McCain was also a sponsor of that bill along with Obama. Funny how they don't point that out until the last line of the article, and all of you liberals conveniently give credit to Obama and not McCain for it.

    September 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  4. Jennifer, Chicago Illinois

    I'm laughing so hard right now, I'm actually crying! Sarah "Caribou Barbie" Palin is just too much for me to handle. Send her back to her pink mansion in Alaska.

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

    What is so wrong with what she said. She is simply endorsing Obama. You go girl.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Huh?

    Nothing is happening for the pair. I am almost sad for them.. They might as well take the Obama website and change the Name to Mcsame.

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

    ha ha hah ah aha haa ha aha ha ha ah aha ha ha ha a
    oh stop it hurt
    hah ah aha ha hah ah aha ha ah ah aa

    no seriously stp it
    oh ha ahah aha ha ah ah aha ha ha a ha ha

    what a joke

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

    woooooooooooooooow..........way to go gal

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

    So much for the Repub claim that Obama doesn't work across party lines. His record has not been touted as much as it should have been. He is responsible for much legislation that has not even been discussed, leaving the McCain team to say he has done nothing. Here is one example of many.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. Hillary 2012

    Obama said he will run the decent campaign but he didn’t

    Mc Cain said he will run the decent campaign but he didn’t

    MSNBC supporting Obama

    Fox supporting Mc Cain

    CNN said CNN will be independent that also didn’t happen

    ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! ? !

    We are not stupid

    Hillary we are really miss you

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

    Oh, Snap!

    That hurts. It sounds like a great idea, because it is, and Obama already did it – in a bi-partisan effort.

    Ouch!

    Good for us, bad for the liars.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. ujw, ny

    Ouch, and Obama reached across the aisle to do it! Since Palin is given her talking points, didn't anybody think to research this a bit?

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. Dan , TX

    Thanks Sarah, good to know you understand that Obama is years ahead of you in getting things actually done.

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

    Not only was it already done, but it was done by OBAMA!!!

    Sarah Palin, please sit down. On a plane. Back to Alaska.

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

    Doesn't Sarah realize that her claims and comments can be easily verified?....and have. What a fool she is and what a mess the Republican ticket has become.

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

    On SNAP! How funny! Maybe she can suggest some more ideas – such as inventing the blackberry.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. Bullwinkle says no to Palin

    OMG! This is tooo insane! It just keeps getting worse.

    OMG!The World is trembling as we may end up with Gidget in the Playboy mansion...I mean White House!

    John McCantRememberMyName is losing Spain as an Ally.Way to go John! Lets fight a World War III -This time it be USA vs the World!

    OMG! Stop these clowns pleas. What little respectability we have left internationally is dwindling by the day.
    God help us all!
    Obama-Biden 08

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

    ILook Palin who has the upper hand Obama Obama Obama. Two steps ahead.

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

    Amazing. Absolutely Amazing that this woman continues to try and get away with blatant lies and false truths. Meanwhile the national press are letting her get away with it. Nice interview with Sean Hannity last night Sarah. Real tough questions there huh. That guy couldn't have tossed more softballs to you if he was in a bar league tournament.

    That said I really have faith in Americans. They're not stupid. They won't fall for this "oh we're not really Republicans like the ones that have ruined this country" crap that McCain and Palin are trying to sell. It's amazing, if there wasn't an elephant on their ticket they'd have you believe they were running as independents and that they didn't campaign for the clown thats in office now the past 8 years.

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

    Hahahaah ... funny funny "McSame" and "NoWhere Bridge Sarah"
    Try to get some innovative ideas.... as U r Maverics.. remember??? hahahah

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

    LOL, LOL! Barack Obama's ideas again STOLEN. Why didn't her advisors do their homework? ZZZZZ

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

    SARAH.....SARAH....SARAH....

    DON'T YOU DARE start talking about "transparency proposal" when YOU WON'T EVEN COOPERATE IN YOUR OWN INITIATED TROOPERGATE INVESTIGATION!!

    NOW YOU ARE CRYING THAT THE PANEL YOU, YOURSELF APPOINTED, IS NOW "TAINTED OR BIAS", WHEN 3 OUT OF THE 5 PANEL MEMBERS ARE REPUBLICANS!!!

    CAN WE ALL SAY: LIAR, LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!!

    YOU ARE TRYING TO HIDE BEHIND THESE DELAYS AND DERAILING TACTICS!!!

    DO WE LOOK STUPID TO YOU BABY GIRL? I mean, YOU HAVE PROVEN YOURSELF TO THE VOTERS IN THIS COUNTRY AS SOMEONE WHO IS.,..

    1. A LIAR
    2. A BULLY
    3. MANIPULATIVE
    4. SELF-CENTERED
    5. DIVISIVE
    6. DISHONEST
    7. COMBATIVE

    Let us here IN WASHINGTON tell you where you can TAKE your "transparency proposal" .... I think if you bend over we can just stick it where it BELONGS!!!.

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. mc indy

    as an independent leaning towards Obama / Biden – everyone on this list should continue your commentary targeted towards people like me,,,talk those voters that have not yet made up their mind...and let them see the light!

    September 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Will, NJ

    Chalk that up with the Bush Doctrine and the other issues she is oblivious to.

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

    She is so stupid!!! I can't get over just how stupid she is. Really.

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