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. frank the tank

    Did I actually read some of you say Obama was the sane choice? I went to the website created by Obama. Couldn't find anything about his spending of governemnet funds. Do you think Palin was saying she would open up the ENTIRE government's spending?? All of the above posts show people will believe whatever they read and do no research on thier own. Maybe Graham was right about a majority (of democrats) Americans being stupid.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Lisa from VA

    Will...if you are right and McCain is responsible for that act as well....then that just makes Palin look worse. She doesn't even know what McCain has accomplished. Don't surprise me one bit.

    I'm with the lady who says we need to put Sarah on e-bay. Don't think she'd sell though..probably couldn't give that gal away.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Bob Lee

    Sarah Palin's interview with Sean "Fingers" Hannity made me thing that she was deaf, dumb and blind and he was a seeing eye dog!

    And every time she said, "reform, abuse, maverick", Sean would bark.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Matt

    Somebody needs to make a superhero cartoon out of these two...something like "Senior Moment and his sidekick The Incredible Babbling Woman"....and their superpowers can include fabricating overwhelming nonsense sufficient to confuse millions of people at once. They fly around in her Jet of Seclusion in search of rational people to zap with their hypocrisy ray, which sucks out all hope for the future and replaces it with fear and a subconscious country music soundtrack that forces the victim to complacently agree with everything they say without questioning.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  5. Texas Dem

    Now that's a Brittney Spears moment if I have ever seen one.

    Opps, I did it again!!

    Obama 08&12

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  6. TC




    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Jan, Knoxville, TN

    This woman just says anything that pops into her head. She doesn't know much about the U.S. Government. She is much too dangerous to be our VP.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Michael

    The only thing I regret about this coming out is that it wasn't left for her to trumpet during the VP debate... just in time for Biden to say "actually Governor, we did that already... it's called the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. Perhaps you've heard of it?" The stunned look on her face would've been priceless.

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. FLORIDA 911

    That is why the Republicans have been keeping her from speaking out in public!!! She needs to stay in Alaska and "moose" out!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. The Voice

    This is Bush in a woman's costume. I swear!!

    I am proposing to invent the wheel, but it has already been invented?? This woman makes no sense!!

    September 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. Annie Canada

    Hey Palin, maybe you could start transparency by providing transparency in your own state first. Don't just talk.

    September 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. The War Dept.

    And I can see Russia from my house, that is about the only thing that she knows about foreign policies,

    01/20/2009 Happy days are here again.....

    September 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. Paul

    Harriet Miers McPalin made an ooopsie. Arm-piece VP with her finger on the button is the GOP dream, and my nightmare.

    September 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Amy, NYC

    CNN that's what I'm talking about! this is the CNN I like to see! You've got to keep bringing us the truth, that's the only way you can help us in these elections! Now Wolf Blitzer needs to bring this up on the situation room at 6pm!

    September 18, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Nick - Arlington, VA

    hahahaha....o my god....make the insanity end.

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. Mister Potato

    Them thar "mavericks" been rustlin' more ideas.

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  17. Kristina, Seattle

    Could that woman be any more of a useless TOOL??

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  18. Judy from NC

    This would be funny it the stakes in this election weren't so high.

    Wake up America!

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  19. Sarah Palin and African Americans in Alaska

    I know everyone wants Obama to FIGHT, but he is a uniter not a fighter. Give them enough rope and they will hange themselves.

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. sandy

    Way to go, Sarah- open mouth, stick foot in- Palin!

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Melinda Charlotte, NC

    I am voting for McCain/Palin, and I have been a life long Democrat. I vote for character. McCain has it. Obama does not.

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Independent supporting Obama

    Difference between a Pitbull and Sarah Palin: Pitbull can be trained.

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. REG in AZ

    It would be humorous if it wasn't so repetitive and blatant besides just totally dishonest. With a smile she continually does this stuff: lies, misrepresentations, exaggerations and just plain old BS. We have already had eight years with that kind of representation in the White House and we sure don't need more of it!

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Cam

    Anyone who says they have been a democrat all their lives but will not vote for Obama is either a racist, a woman-only voter, or both. His policies are the same as Hillary's and almost every other democrat.

    Regarding McCain, he says he will only meet with leaders who share America's ideals, that he would fire the SEC chairman today (jumping the gun just a bit), and that the economy is sound. His sidekick avoids investigations and says she will bring transparency to Washington THAT IS ALREADY THERE.

    Man, don't Americans want a leader who is willing to work with other countries instead of punishing them for not standing beside an illegal war? If you think electing McCain and Palin will improve your standing in the world or keep you safe, I think you will be in for a shock. Threatening wars and poking other countries in the eye is not what a President should do......

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  25. Irony

    What's next? Should we do away with the King and elect a president?

    Oops we already did that too...

    Hey, I can see Russia from my house! Isn't that neato!

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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