September 18th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin's transparency proposal already exists in D.C.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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 – - 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. Baze

    This is getting really pathetic. Anyone still on board for this woman is just plain ignorant. This ticket is constantly flip flopping back to Obama's policies and plans. If you vote McCain/Palin, you are basically saying that you're a irreconcilable fascist that puts yourself ahead of country.


    September 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. D-MI

    Oh, that's new: McCain / Palin criticize Obama's "lack of experience and leadership..." and then promptly follow in his footsteps...

    Actually, I wanted to comment on a previous entry which CNN has closed comments for: Palin being heckled in Cedar Rapids. It's not being reported anywhere, but Palin actually CANCELLED a rally in Seattle WA. No reason was given by the campaign. But I can tell you why:

    The woman would have been tarred & feathered and run out of the state. Seriously. 4 protestors? She would have had 1000 if she would have come to Seattle. Obama is fighting for every vote in every state (well... maybe not Alaska...). The GOP seems to be writing off states left and right.

    September 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  3. Ernest in MD

    Please do your homework before you talk....

    September 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. Latina for Obama (nj)

    She is clueless!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. NJhere

    I don't know why the media is not doing a big story on how the McCain team is doing everything the obama team does after the obama team does it. First the message of changes, now the transparency proposal. OOoh ya, thanks for the blackberry, what a genius of a team McCain has!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  6. Marie

    That is too funny. Seems like the McCain/Palin camp cannot come up with any ideas on their own, and have to take them all from the Obama play book. I see a pattern here. LOL, that one thing she proposes has already been done.... by her opponent! Next thing we know she will be accusing him of stealing the idea from her! She appears clueless, about everything...including what a VP does!! You really gotta laugh at this one....

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Becky

    I'm starting to wonder if McCain/Palin are PURPOSELY trying to copy anything that Obama does, in an effort to make (ignorant) Americans think that McCain/Palin are a lot like Obama "so why not vote for McCain/Palin?". If that's the case, McCain/Palin are FOLLOWERS, not leaders like Obama/Biden.

    I'm seeing a trend and it's PATHETIC.

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Cincy voter

    Wow. Looks like someone needs to program the Barbie-bot so that she can get her information straight. McLame, this is your VP choice? Really? Are Americans being punk'd or something?

    No way, no how–no McBush/Failin!

    08AMA/Biden 🙂

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. BKMC

    McCain and Pali have stolen CHANGE for BO/JB08 and Obama has to be careful if not Palin will still his name. What a couple of desparados McPlain.

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. wycliffe, NJ



    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. Never let them see you sweat....

    Oops... I guess her homework is incomplete. I blame McCain for this (getting someone with limited knowledge).
    I have a feeling this will not be her last oops moment!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Noah

    Sarah Palin does not know much about the Government so I don't expert her to know something like this. Anyone who believes that seeing an Island that belongs to Russia makes them a foreign policy expert is delusional at best.In the interest of civility, I'll reserve further comments..

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  13. jean from orlando

    this woman has no sense of political history – first she said no other VP has ever met a foreign leader prior to being voted in office (LIE) now this whole check book issue. Had she taken the time to research like most voters do – she would stop putting her moose where the sun don't shine

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Happy in Arizona

    Here we go again. Sarah does her research and then says she will do so. When will people wake up, that she has no credibility. She and McCain are clueless on everything. As for McCain, ask what he has done for Arizona.......................N O T H I N G.

    September 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  15. Go Obama

    You mean Obama saw this way, way before this hockey mom had a clue this should be done in Washington??

    I think she is just is of touch - too bad McClueless should have told her..he is more out of touch!

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

    It is absolutely frightening that this woman is so close to being our President.

    TOO RISKY!!!!

    Vote for the voice of hope, change, inclusion, growth and strength:
    Obama '08

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

    stop stealing our ideas and research bills before you open your mouth ya dtiz

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Chris, Denver CO

    If you believe McCain and Palin are reformers, I've got a bridge to sell you in Alaska...har har...

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

    I delighted to see that CNN actually referenced to where OBAMA did reach across the aisle and get something accomplished. Often, CNN reports on McCain surrogates claiming that OBAMA did nothing in the way of bi-partisan efforts. They usually never correct the surrogate or add fact-check type references of thier own. This is good reporting that needs to be done on both sides.

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. BJ Dale

    Every day that goes by and she has the opportunity to talk it really makes you realize how out of touch she is along with her running mate. I hope that this little tid bit gets discussed on CNN and other media outlets so the rest of the world can see how ill informed she really is.

    September 18, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. USAF Staff Sergeant


    PRICELESS! She keeps making it worse and worse for herself.

    I said no thanks to a bridge project that was already shut down. What's the Bush Doctrine? I have an idea that Obama already came up with!

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

    Good to see Palin is doing her homework before opening her mouth. Then they'll go around continuing to say that Obama has done nothing.

    Another thing which has nothing to do with this article.. but does anyone else think it's funny that McCain is more protective of ANWR than Palin? Really... it's her back yard but McCain is more concerned about preserving it than she is. I hate to do it.. it pains me.. but ok, for this.. I applaud McCain.

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

    McCain is in trouble – maybe not from Obama but from Palin.

    Her saying the 'Palin/McCain administration' in Cesar Rapids, IA today was not a Freudian slip. It is what she plans on it being.

    The thing is, it may have already started – where she is controlling the campaign more then he is.

    If elected, we will find out some day that since McCain subcumbed to his age, disease, whatever early in the administration, it had been Palin who was in charge.

    She is in the process of taking over the campaign and, if elected, the administration. This should scare everyone – including John McCain.

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

    CNN moderators you disgust me. You are more than happy to post all of these liberals' disgustingly ill-informed comments and you have not once posted any of my well thought out posts. I am disgusted with you and plan to email your headquarters and whatever else I have to do to be heard. You are intentionally trying to push this election in Obama's direction. There are 10 liberal posts on here for every 1 conservative post and that is shameful

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

    The McCain/Palin ticket has copied Obama so many times that they should just go ahead and endorse him.

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