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. Not sleeping at the switch

    Another try to steal others works, Ideas, and Slogans.

    The GOP Way..Take what works for them then claim it as our own.

    ANYTHING in the desperate try to remain in power.

    Think of this for ONE second.

    They LOSE and they become ONE OF US. Who would hire them at a SALARY? Who will they Matter too?

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Chris

    Well, i guess her Bush prep team will pull the leash in on her...LOL
    Baby girl stick to the script!! LOL

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. Grampa Simpson


    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. Terry

    McCain is qualified and so is Obama. Palin is neither highly educated or experienced. There is no way we as Americans can entrust her with the gigantic and complex U.S. economy.

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    Drop in Oil =37%
    drop in gas=7%
    Congress is the only group that can change that and the dems lead congress. What do you think of your party now. They are using your hard urned to put their party in office.

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. CNN loves McCain

    THANK YOU CNN for posting the truth.


    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. FLewis

    Palin, pls. go back to Alaska. Ooops....forgot.....they don't like you either.

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Rob

    this would all be funny if it wasn't so disturbing. Has McCain and his people just lost it? They've definitely lost direction and don't make much sense lately. One day to another -one hour to another they contradict themselves. Come up with inane ideas and plans... Just today McCain said he'd fire the SEC president – he can't it's not within the Presidents power to do so. He's lost his grip... perhaps some of the rumors about his health are true?

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. White and Black support for Obama

    Palin welcome to accountabilities and transpiracy in Washington put in place by Obama.

    The old man has been in washington for 26 years and can't account for anything he has done that benefit Americans.

    Obama come to washington 3 years and has already shown he can work for Americans.
    Greate job Obama....yes he has done it and he will do it again.

    September 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  10. Joseph, Los Angeles

    CNN; Why so much coverage of Palin? You barely give Joe Biden any coverage. I'm tired of seeing her read-read-read... Nothing ever comes from the heart or straight from her head. She and McCain have no intention of doing what they say. I don't belive this ticket, it's a farce.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Debby

    Ugh I think she was mainly referring to earmarks and unessasery spending CNN.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. WhiteWomenforObama'08


    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Brian

    Oh my God... THAT. IS. HILARIOUS.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Darrell

    Of course she didn't know about this. No one from McCain's campaign acknowledges any of Obama's accomplishments. Too little, too late.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Wendy Canada

    Transparency, now that's a new concept for Palin! Too funny, obviously she has no clue about what is actually going on in the U.S or the rest of the world either. Interesting info. on Anderson Cooper last nite? Her claim to be such a "fiscal hawk" left her Alaskin town in deep debt when she was Mayor. More proof that she "abuses" power, she started a project there even knowing they didn't own the property! Scary.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Jews for obama------

    Whew!! Enough is enough!

    Their policies are george bush's,

    Their Ads are karl rove's

    Their message is Obama's

    They stole his "change" message

    Now they want to copy his "transparency" ideas

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. Cincinnati girl

    I wish Obama would get hardcore and run an ad with all the Republican "ideas" that are actually copycats of his accomplishments. Take it off the table for the opponents. Let them find their own darn ideas!!

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. OMG!

    HaHa...trying to take credit for what Obama and team members already done...gagg....yet you say He's never lifting a finger to do anything. Palin you are a joke, a trick, an illusion and soon a reality that you are a fake.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Maya

    hmm, good idea. thanks for thinking of it, BARACK. oh, and what's more, it seems to have been a BIPARTISAN effort. golly gee, thanks for calling our attention to this, Ms. Palin. everytime you open your mouth you just highlight what an excellent candidate your opponent is.

    three cheers for future President Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    She made a transparent proposal.

    She claims to have reduced earmarks as governor. But, she accepted the dollars for the BTN anway. If you add those dollars on top of the "reduced" earmarks dollars, what do you get? An effective increase.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. S. Boatman

    Once Again Mccain And Palin Follow Obamas Lead! They Keep Taking About How Obama Has Done Nothing Them They Take Something He Has Already Accomplished And Try To Turn It Into One Of Their Original Ideas! If You Fact Check Everything Mccain And Palin Say You Will Find It All To Be Misleading Or An Outright Lie!

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Cynthia

    Tell Governor Palin the only transparency we need from her and the people in Alaska is to accept those subpoenas and testify.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. Consuela, Canada

    hummm.... funny I don't see any comments from the Republicans!

    How can you justify voting for someone who CLEARLY has no clue as to what she's doing and saying??

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

    Macain and Sara want to be like Obama. They want to use Obama's ideas and his vission and take them for thier own. Problem is, the American people are vigilant and wise and they know fluff and fluke when they see two of them as in macain/palin.

    Obama brought change into campaign '08 and if Mcain try to fool the American people by talking change now, problem is, it is still Obama/Biden with the VISSION AND NEW IDEAS FOR CHANGE FOR OUR GOVERNMENT TO WORK FOR ALL THE PEOPLE. ONE AMERICA, VISSION FOR CHANGE. OBAMA AND BIDEN, PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 2009-2016.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Pam

    Caribou Barbie strikes again! A little research would be helpful, Sarah.

    September 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
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