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. Latina for Obama (nj)


    YES WE CAN!!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Amazed

    I agree an earlier post, they are playing follow the leader!!

    September 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. JJ

    LOL! Oooopppsss!!!!

    This is priceless! 🙂

    September 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Stupid is as stupid does!

    Stupid, Stupid, Stupid

    September 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. JB

    Go back to Alaska! She has NO business running our great and diverse nation!

    September 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Wow

    Man this woman is really a joke. It won't be long before all the repugs will begin to jump ship on M/P. All this woman have to do is open her mouth and Obama will gain thousands of votes or folks will just stay home. Hannidy and Rush littlbaugh wiill continue to make fools of themselves as long as the continue to propogandize the air waves with supporting this women. There credibility will diminish as long as this woman continues to open her mouth. No wonder they do not want her to take questions form the media.

    September 18, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  7. Mike

    umm Bible Barbie. Are the time zone differences to Alaska in hours or years? Can't wait til your fifteen minutes are up.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Aygola

    Hold on one sec...
    Obama actually sponsored a major bill in the house and in a bi-partisan way?
    So he did accomplish something afterall.
    Not long ago it was all over the news after Sarah's acceptance speech. You would think she'll remember. This keeps on getting better and better.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Kaye- Jacksonville FL

    Oh – doesn't this just get better and better?? I mean REALLY....she's become my daily dose of hilarity...and while those right-wing nuts may argue she's simply outstanding, way too many moderate and Independent voters are going to see right through her about Transparency!!

    god bless you Sarah'll hand this election to us on a silver platter....


    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Jennifer W (Burlington, Iowa

    It truly amazes me how she constantly tries to take credit for things that she is not even doing. She said she cancelled the Bridge to Nowhere telling congress thanks, but no thanks. She supported it, then congress said thanks, but no thanks to Alaska, then Palin said it after it was already killed. Then, she KEPT THE MONEY!!!! She kept the money!!! She says that she gave the surplus she created in the Alaska budget back to the people. Could the money from the surplus have come from the money from the bridge to nowhere? HMMMMM. I really think that Biden needs to just call her and out and out LIAR at the debates if she sprouts this nonsense. Pathetic. I'm all for a woman in office, but not THIS unqualified woman.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. ESH

    Will, do you even know what co-sponsoring is? It is basically "seconding" the bill. It's just jumping on the bandwagon– a bill could end up with like 100 co-sponsors if it's insanely popular and a no-brainer. Obama and Lugar actually WROTE that bill, which means that they did all of the hard work.

    So yeah, if you want to give McCain credit for being co-sponsor– you're giving him credit for being a follower, not a leader.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. skeptik

    Another way to look at it.... just another thing that Palin and Obama have in common. quit griping about this woman. They both share the same basic values.... "make yourself usefull to the common man", they both are Christian (he, Obama, has actually been very astute and specific about what he believes about... oh no... here comes that name... JESUS), and they both have compasion for those around them. What it is that ticks people off about Palin is just over my head I suppose. All this griping about her getting a scum bucket cop off the streets.... shut the heck up. Obama is a good man. Palin is a good woman, both are good citizens of this country, so focus on what policies they are touting, not all this bs about stuff that comes out with all presidients. Have we all forgotten "I did not have relations with THAT woman".... oh ya, let's trust the democrat. Jimmy Carter was and is a great man, he was the only President that I actuall think lives what he preaches, and yet, what a disaster he left on the economy. Good grief people, lighten up. Just go out and vote, and trust in the system we have.... checks and balances.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. TexicoFrom Mexico

    OMG!!! THIS WOMAN HAS GOT TO GO!!!! She is not even a politican, she has no leadership qualities! Obama went right into the firing squad on O' Riley's show! Now have Palin go on the View!!!! iF SHE HAS GOT THE GUTS AND CAN STAND UP FOR WHAT SHE BELIEVES LET HER FACE THE VIEW

    Veterans for Obama

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Dal CA

    Palin in PLAIN has not done her homework.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. Phil, Ashburn, VA

    Moose girl is not that bright. Forgive her and then take her back to Alaska.

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Jerry Ohio

    Palin is awful I dont trust her she lied about the bridge to nowhere the same ole lying politician.....We do not need Palin in the white house

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Matt

    Voters: So what would ya say, ya do here??

    Palin: I already told you, I deal with the public so McCain doesn’t have to, I have people skills, I am good at dealing with people, can’t you understand that, WHAT THE HECK IS THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE?!

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Speakinmymind

    I read this comment on another blog and it applies perfectly to this situation:

    "To those who view Sarah Palin as a breath of fresh air: That breeze you feel is the handbasket accelerating."
    -Greg L., Austin

    September 18, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Rob Howell

    She is the most popular town idiot

    September 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Michael

    Another example of how McCain makes poor leadership choices. Good man, but proving he's not right to lead.

    The additional irony: Palin's "private" e-mail has just been hacked, exposing how non-transparent her administration really is.

    Timing is an interesting thing, and the GOP ticket is 0-for-2 on that so far this week..

    September 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. lil

    mccain/palin not only lie but they steal to.

    September 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. KC

    I knew it was just a matter of time, that is why Obama has not had to say a whole lot about Palin, she will destory herself and bring McCain down with her or him or whatever.

    September 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  23. Irony

    Next Mcain Palin Ad

    We will do whatever Obama would have done if he were to be elected President, Only we will Lie alot more and make big Oil richer!

    September 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  24. adam

    lololololololololololol this is the gift that keeps on giving. thanks ms palin your utter ignorance is a blessing for the democratic party base, and like minded independents. thanks you.

    oh and by the way ms. rothschild, and mr. trump thank you, that elitist air you bring gives us more money in fundraising. thank you for endorsing john mcfish.

    September 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Woman for Obama

    She should just continue doing that standup comedy act that she did at the RNC. She was selected to give snappy insults and be the face of a new McCain and she should stick to it. It seems like everytime she tries to state a fact its either kinda not true, really not true, or just wrong!

    September 18, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
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