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Forbes
Dec 11, 2018 08:30 AM

Forbes: Making A Fortune: 19 Million Public Employees Across America Cost Taxpayers Nearly $1 Trillion

For the first time in history, 19 million public employee salaries at every level of government across America have been mapped and posted online.
 
Forbes
Dec 07, 2018 08:30 AM

Forbes: Mayor Rahm Emanuel Showers City Employees With $481 Million in Overtime, Extra Pay, Cash Benefits

Newly captured data posted by our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com shows 14,820 city workers earned at least $100,000 last year. Over $481 million in supplementary pay (mostly overtime) boosted these incomes – nearly 3,000 city employees pocketed at least $40,000 each.
 
Dec 06, 2018 05:00 PM

CBS Chicago: Some Chicago Firefighters Doubling Their Salaries Through Overtime

CHICAGO (CBS) — Deputy Chief Jeffrey Horan is currently the highest earner of Chicago Fire Department overtime and supplementary pay in the city, making more than $87,000 in overtime from January to June. That’s on top of his $156,000 salary.
 
Nov 27, 2018 08:01 AM

Chicago Tribune, Shnay: Park Forest School Official Pay Draws Questions

In 1930, the first full year of the Great Depression, baseball great Babe Ruth wanted $80,000 to play for the New York Yankees. That’s equal to slightly more than $1.46 million today. Sports writers were aghast and told Ruth that it was more money than beleaguered President Herbert Hoover was being paid.​
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Nov 26, 2018 09:11 AM

The Wall Street Journal: How to Make a Fortune in Public Education

America’s pending pension disasters.
 
Nov 26, 2018 08:00 AM

Real Clear Politics: The Perfidy of Illinois' Public Payrolls

Recently, Fox affiliate Channel 32 and Open the Books detailed the exorbitant pay package for part-time interim school Superintendent Joyce Carmine. She retired in 2017 making $398,000 annually, the highest-paid superintendent in Illinois, in a community where the median household income is $44,000.
 
Nov 20, 2018 06:01 PM

ABC Atlanta: Pianos, Snowboards, Wine; Federal Spending Jumps as Agencies 'Use it or Lose it'

WASHINGTON - At the end of every fiscal year, a spending spree of billions of federal tax dollars occurs in a matter of days. But not all of that money goes to essential items. We found examples of federal purchases for wine, snowboards, pianos, guitars and fancy gym equipment.
 
Nov 20, 2018 09:01 AM

COX Media Group Washington News Bureau: Pianos, Snowboards, Wine; Federal Spending Jumps as Agencies 'Use It Or Lose It'

WASHINGTON — At the end of every fiscal year, a spending spree of billions of federal tax dollars occurs in a matter of days. But not all of that money goes to essential items. We found examples of federal purchases for wine, snowboards, pianos, guitars and fancy gym equipment.
 
Nov 19, 2018 09:01 PM

Fox 32 Chicago: Investigation Finds Interim Superintendent Packing Supersized Salary

A joint investigation between FOX 32 and Open The Books uncovered another Illinois superintendent who is raking in a supersized salary.
 
Nov 15, 2018 03:01 PM

Chicago Tribune: What should be the J.B. Pritzker arts agenda? Before we think about the arts, think about people, and truck stops

What should be the arts policy of the new administration headed by the incoming Democratic governor of the State of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker?
 
Nov 07, 2018 10:01 AM

Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Open Records Bill Would Require Agencies to Respond in Set Time

CHEYENNE – Wyoming has a reputation for its lack of government transparency.
 
Forbes
Oct 31, 2018 05:30 PM

Forbes: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Reaped $2.6M in Campaign Cash from 557 State Vendors Who Pocketed $4.4B

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has quietly solicited millions of dollars in campaign donations from state vendors, key people, employees, or their affiliated corporate political action committees.
 
Shield
Oct 31, 2018 12:01 PM

OpenTheBooks – Congressional Transparency Scorecard

OpenTheBooks.com | American Transparency
 
Oct 31, 2018 05:30 AM

Las Vegas Review-Journal Editorial: Donald Trump Should Get Serious About Attacking Profligate Federal Spending

President Donald Trump last year announced a “war on waste” in the federal government. But unlike most of the president’s pronouncements, this one didn’t receive much attention. Mr. Trump would be wise to re-emphasize his commitment to the cause and make his war on irresponsible spending a top priority.​
 
Forbes
Oct 26, 2018 05:30 AM

Forbes: Illinois $100,000 Club: 94,000 Six-Figure Public Employees and Retirees Cost Taxpayers $12B

Let us introduce you to the Illinois $100,000 Club that cost taxpayers $12 billion. It's comprised of 93,798 public employees and retirees who earned a new “minimum wage” of $100,000 or more.
 
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Oct 25, 2018 08:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Supporting the War on Federal Waste

"Eliminating waste takes an extraordinary force of will. Targeting agencies demonstrates the president's willingness to lead by example."
 
TheHill
Oct 24, 2018 05:30 PM

The Hill: President Trump's War on Federal Waste

Recently, President Donald Trump declared war on federal waste. The president pledged to cut spending and asked his agency heads to cut five percent of their budgets. It’s a great first step and an achievable goal.
 
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Oct 18, 2018 08:00 AM

Subscriber Special: President Trump's War on Waste

"We're going to cut spending, absolutely. It's not as tough as you think, there's a lot of fat in there." - President Donald Trump (10-17-2018)
 
Forbes
Oct 17, 2018 05:30 PM

Forbes: 30,000 Six-Figure Illinois Educators Cost Taxpayers $3.7 Billion

We mapped the exclusive club of 30,000 Illinois educators with either salaries or pension payouts greater than $100,000 costing taxpayers $3.7 billion annually.
 
Oct 17, 2018 05:01 PM

Fox 32 Chicago: Controversy Surrounds Pay of Ford Heights School Superintendent

We have a new special report in our investigation of the super-sized salaries of school administrators.​
 
Oct 16, 2018 05:01 PM

Fox 32 Chicago: Superintendent for tiny Illinois school district receives nearly $206k per year

A tiny suburban school has about 100 students, but the superintendent is pulling in a salary of more than $200,000.
 
Oct 15, 2018 09:01 PM

Chicago Tribune: Slowick - A South Suburban Superintendent is Set to Retire at Age 56 with a $762K Payout. Angry? Get Informed and Vote.

A Chicago TV news crew dropped by a Calumet City School District 155 board meeting last week for a story about retiring Superintendent Troy Paraday’s compensation.
 
Oct 15, 2018 08:01 PM

Fox 32 Chicago: Illinois taxpayers shelling out big money for prison barbers

Taxpayers in Illinois are used to getting shaved. But you probably didn't realize you're paying top dollar for someone else's haircut as well.
 
Oct 10, 2018 05:01 AM

Fox 32 Chicago: Suburban School Superintendent put on Leave Following Fox 32 Investigation

In a story we brought you first in a FOX 32 special report, the superintendent of Calumet City schools is making more than $400k a year.
 
Oct 09, 2018 10:01 AM

The Michael Medved Show: The President Can Act Immediately to Launch a "War on Waste"

In the last weeks before November’s crucial election, President Trump should make bold moves to address a looming crisis that most politicians prefer to ignore: soaring budget deficits and a crushing national debt.
 
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Oct 04, 2018 01:00 PM

Subscriber Special: Golden Handshake to IL Public School Superintendent

"Dollars must start following the child, not the bureaucracy."
 
Oct 04, 2018 10:01 AM

Fox 32 Chicago: Controversy Surrounds Highest Paid Illinois School Superintendent

He's already the highest paid school superintendent in the state of Illinois. But you won't believe the check Superintendent Troy Paraday will be getting when he retires next month from the Calumet City School District.
 
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Oct 01, 2018 11:00 AM

Subscriber Special: USA Today, Our Letter to President Donald Trump

"As commander in chief, President Donald Trump can lead the ‘War on Waste.' We are asking the president to defend the American taxpayer and cut the egregious waste, fraud, and taxpayer abuse."
 
Shield
Sep 29, 2018 12:01 AM

OpenTheBooks – Harvesting U.S. Farm Subsidies

OpenTheBooks.com | American Transparency
 

The Wall Street Journal & USA Today: 100 Examples of Federal Taxpayer Abuse

America needs a War on Waste. As seen in the Wall Street Journal, we've outlined 100 examples of federal taxpayer abuse. Learn more about each example of government waste.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Sep 27, 2018 09:00 AM

Washington Free Beacon: Fed Spending Spree Included Millions on Cars, Scooters, Fidget Spinners

Federal agencies spent millions on cars, scooters, fidget spinners, and shuffleboards in an attempt to exhaust their budgets before they run out at the end of the fiscal year.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Sep 27, 2018 09:00 AM

Newsweek: Pentagon Rushes to Spend Billions Before End of Month

The Pentagon is expected to spend more than $111 billion in three months as it rushes to use the remainder of its $700-billion budget before the end of the 2018 fiscal year on September 30, Defense One reported.
 
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Sep 26, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Stop Washington's Spending Frenzy

"If the swamp seems to be draining slowly, that’s because Congress hasn’t removed the plug. Changing the use-it-or-lose-it culture in Washington would go a long way."
 
Sep 25, 2018 08:00 AM

Real Clear Politics: Let's End Washington's Use-It-Or-Lose-It Spending Culture

In a few weeks, members of Congress will face voters who ought to be in a better mood. The economy is growing twice as fast as it did under the previous administration. Tax and regulatory reform are bringing capital back into the economy. Still, taxpayers feel uncertain and nervous.
 

Press Release: Open Letter To President Donald Trump

Former U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and Founder of OpenTheBooks.com, ask the commander in chief to wage a “War on Waste.”
 
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Sep 24, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Wall Street Journal, Our Letter to President Donald Trump

"As commander in chief, President Donald Trump can lead the ‘War on Waste.' We are asking the president to defend the American taxpayer and cut the egregious waste, fraud, and taxpayer abuse."
 

Marketplace: It's Use-It-Or-Lose-It Season in Washington

Congress is making some progress on spending bills for fiscal year 2019, which starts October first. But, while lawmakers fight over next year's budget, federal agencies are still struggling to spend all the money they got this year, because what they don't use by the end of the month, Congress takes back. So cue the September spending spree, which has become so routine, many agencies plan for it. Up to a point, anyway.
 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Tests The Limits of Policy and Politics

Is it legal in Oregon to use public funds for a political purpose? Not according to the governor’s own ethics policy. According to the governor’s own internal “political activities” policy, “employees are expressly prohibited from using any work time or any state resources to conduct political activities.”​
 
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Sep 14, 2018 08:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Is OR Gov. Kate Brown Forcing Taxpayers to Fund Her Campaign?

"By campaigning under the guise of 'official' business, Governor Kate Brown is keeping Oregon’s “new day” permanently beyond the horizon."
 
Forbes
Sep 14, 2018 05:30 AM

Forbes: Is Oregon Governor Kate Brown Asking Taxpayers to Fund Her Re-Election Campaign?

According to Oregon law, public funds cannot be used for a political purpose. Yet, data we’ve compiled at OpenTheBooks.com shows a troubling pattern of Governor Kate Brown mixing taxpayer-funded travel with campaign fundraising events.
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Sep 03, 2018 08:11 AM

The Washington Times: Wealthy Urbanites from Hollywood to Manhattan Cash In on Farm Bill

A movie star is more likely than a cowboy to stroll down Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Drive, but that doesn’t mean there are no farmers in Tinseltown.
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Sep 02, 2018 08:11 AM

The Washington Times: Regaining Trust on Money Issues

Republicans need to regain the offensive on the fiscal issues. The GOP has somehow allowed big spending Democrats to get to the right of them on the issue of financial responsibility and balanced budgets.​
 
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Aug 31, 2018 08:25 AM

The Daily Signal: 4 Points to Consider About Trump's Federal Pay Decision

President Donald Trump announced he’s not granting the usual 2.1 percent pay hike for federal employees, prompting staunch opposition from many Democratic lawmakers.
 

U.S. Senate Press Release: Senators Seek Answers from High-Spending Federal Agencies on ‘Use It or Lose It’ Spending

Senators Seek Answers from High-Spending Federal Agencies on ‘Use It or Lose It’ Spending
 
Then_News_Gazette
Aug 29, 2018 06:30 AM

The News Gazette, Jim Dey: Spending Watchdog Finds Fertile Ground Out West

Adam Andrzejewski (pronounced Angie-eff-ski) just can't resist playing the role of skunk at the government bureaucrats' garden party.
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Aug 28, 2018 08:11 AM

The Washington Times, Ed Feulner: A New Farm Bill Crops Up

You’d think putting together a new farm bill would be fairly easy. After all, Congress does this very often. But it almost always turns into a tug of war.
 
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Aug 21, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Wyoming School District Spent $10M On Credit Cards

"We appreciate the scrutiny the [Forbes] article brought to us and caused us to look in the mirror." – Natrona County School District Superintendent Steve Hopkins
 
Forbes
Aug 17, 2018 01:15 PM

Forbes: Wyoming School District Spent $10M On Credit Card Purchases Last Year

During calendar year 2017, the second largest school district in Wyoming, the Natrona County School District in Casper, racked up $9.6 million in credit card expenditures. School officials charged off nearly 28,000 individual transactions, averaging 76 charges per day for $27,400.
 

BREAKING: Wyoming School District Spends $10 Million on Credit Card Purchases

Wyoming School District, Natrona County SD in Casper, Spends $10 Million on Credit Card Expenditures​
 
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Aug 14, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: The U.S. Farm Subsidy $1 Million Club

Who received $1 million+ in federal farm subsidies in your ZIP code?
 

Forbes: Mapping the U.S. Farm Subsidy $1M Club

During the Great Depression, farm subsidies were created to keep the family farm afloat and ensure a stable national food supply. Today, these subsidies have grown so lucrative that wealthy investors, large corporations, and farm-estate heirs use taxpayer money to maximize their personal return on investment.​
 
Aug 13, 2018 05:00 PM

CBS Chicago: Hundreds of Chicagoans Cash In On Federal Farm Subsidy Programs

CHICAGO (CBS) — Hundreds of Chicagoans are cashing in on federal farm subsidy programs originally created to rescue farmers from the Great Depression.
 

BREAKING: Millions in Federal Farm Subsidies Flowed to Chicago

Over a three-year period, nearly $8 million in federal farm subsidies flowed to recipients located in Chicago, Illinois.
 
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Aug 08, 2018 09:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Harvesting U.S. Farm Subsidies

"Today, farm subsidies have grown so lucrative that wealthy investors, large corporations, and farm-estate heirs use taxpayer money to maximize their personal returns."
 
Aug 08, 2018 08:00 AM

Real Clear Politics: Meet America's Elite Farm Subsidy Club

This summer, the U.S. House and Senate each passed respective versions of a new farm bill. Not surprisingly, loopholes allow non-farmers to reap big benefits. As the two chambers work together to draft final legislation, hold on to your wallet.
 
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Aug 02, 2018 08:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Operation Drain the Swamp

"It isn't a swamp, it's an ocean." - Investor's Business Daily Editorial Board (December 27, 2017)
 
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Jul 27, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Follow the Money in Florida

"Florida was ranked the number one fiscally responsible state in 2017, but perhaps its practices are worth reevaluating."
 
Forbes
Jul 27, 2018 08:30 AM

Forbes: Follow the Money in Florida, 34,873 Public Employees with $100,000+ Salaries Cost Taxpayers $5.5B

Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com found 7,327 Texas public school administrators, athletic directors, teachers, and other employees pulled down six-figure salaries costing taxpayers nearly $1 billion. In fiscal year 2017, superintendents earned as much as $450,000; “executive directors for assessment and compliance” received up to $302,820; and principals made as much as $313,870.
 
Jul 20, 2018 10:01 AM

Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Transparency Groups Take Wyoming Auditor to Court Over Spending Records

CHEYENNE – Tired of waiting for the Wyoming auditor to produce state spending records, government transparency groups are taking her to court.
 
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Jul 20, 2018 08:00 AM

Subscriber Special: $137K Golden Parachute for IL Pension Fund Manager

"Illinois citizens are tired of taxpayer abuse, golden parachutes, and huge payouts on their dime. No public employees deserve a six-figure parting gift at termination or retirement."
 
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BREAKING: Illinois Pension Fund Manager Received $137,000 Golden Parachute

The retiring executive director of the Illinois State Board of Investment (ISBI), William Atwood, received a $136,577 golden parachute after a 15-year career as the state’s top money manager. Atwood cashed in 144 days of unused vacation time last week. So much for fiscal accountability.
 

OpenTheBooks Sues Wyoming State Auditor for State Checkbook

Wyoming’s state auditor is failing to provide records of payments to state vendors and related information in response to records requests, two groups allege in a lawsuit filed Wednesday.
 
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Jul 18, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Meet the Texas Teachers $100,000 Club

"In the absence of a pay cap for Texas educators, unwarranted pay for superintendents, administrators, staffers, and some teachers is making a bad situation far worse."
 
Forbes
Jul 18, 2018 08:30 AM

Forbes: Meet the Texas Teachers $100,000 Club - 7,300 Six-Figure Salaries Cost Taxpayers $903 Million

Our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com found 7,327 Texas public school administrators, athletic directors, teachers, and other employees pulled down six-figure salaries costing taxpayers nearly $1 billion. In fiscal year 2017, superintendents earned as much as $450,000; “executive directors for assessment and compliance” received up to $302,820; and principals made as much as $313,870.
 
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Jul 12, 2018 09:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Trump needs a Bridge to Nowhere moment

"Trump should use every tool at his disposal – from Twitter to rescissions – to change the trajectory on spending."
 
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Jul 09, 2018 09:00 AM

Washington Examiner: Trump needs a Bridge to Nowhere moment on spending

While the nation was distracted by the political theater around immigration before the July 4 recess, the Senate cast a critical vote killing a very modest attempt offered by President Trump to rein in spending. If Trump plays his cards right, this will not be the end of a fight but its start.
 
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Jul 09, 2018 08:25 AM

The Daily Signal: Trump White House Has Smaller Staff, Spends Less on Salaries Than Obama White House

Over $20 million in taxpayer funds could be saved at the end of President Donald Trump’s first term in office due to his leaner White House operation.
 
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Jul 02, 2018 09:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Breaking: Trump's Leaner White House Payroll

"Trump’s White House payroll has been a leading indicator of his commitment to 'do more, with less.'"​
 
Forbes
Jul 02, 2018 08:30 AM

Forbes: Trump's Lean White House 2018 Payroll On-Track to Save Taxpayers $22 Million

President Trump’s White House payroll has 374 employees, that's 95 fewer staffers than Barack Obama at the same point in their presidencies. The Trump White House workforce runs 20 percent leaner. White House staff experienced 39-percent turnover during the last 12-months. Of the 377 employees last year, only 229 remain. Most that left were quickly replaced.
 
Then_News_Gazette
Jul 02, 2018 07:00 AM

Champaign News-Gazette: Guess Commentary: The Teachers' Retirement System's $100,000 Club

You can't educate children in the classroom when you're funding an expensive education administration. There's just not enough taxpayer money for both, as Illinois' property taxes, budget shortfalls and overdue bills clearly illustrate.
 
huffingtonpost
Jun 29, 2018 09:00 AM

Operation Drain the Swamp

Operation Drain the Swamp by Adam Andrzejewski
 
huffingtonpost
Jun 26, 2018 09:40 AM

WyoFile: Public Records Dispute May Land State in Court

They’ve paid thousands in fees and waited for months, but two transparency advocacy groups still don’t have the public records they requested.
 
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Jun 15, 2018 05:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Demanding Wyoming State Checkbook Transparency

"Just what is hidden inside the Wyoming state checkbook? We are fighting for a speedy answer."
 
Forbes
Jun 14, 2018 09:00 AM

Forbes: Wyoming State Auditor Charged Us $8,000 And We'll Finally Receive The State Checkbook By 2048

On February 18, 2018, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud made us refile our open records request for the Wyoming state checkbook and then charged us $8,000 in fees. But production has been slow – and at this pace, we’ll receive all the records by 2048.
 
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Jun 14, 2018 05:38 AM

National Review: It's Time to Stop Bailing Out Rich, Famous, and Dead Farmers

City dwellers, wealthy celebrities, and the deceased all cash in on ag subsidies.
 

The Wyoming Transparency Project

Wyoming receives an “F” in transparency from the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. Our organization at OpenTheBooks.com vowed to move Wyoming’s grade from an “F” to an “A.” However, the powerful state auditor has stood in the way.
 
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Jun 04, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: New 'Minimum Wage' for IL Educators

"Illinois teachers are starting their three-month summer break. But when it comes to teacher salaries,there’s no break for taxpayers.
 
huffingtonpost
Jun 01, 2018 09:40 AM

Staten Island Real-Time News: As City Worker OT Surges, So Does Pressure on Pension Costs

The city's generous payroll and benefits system continues to draw fire for exorbitant overtime and often unchecked disability pensions.
 
Forbes
May 25, 2018 09:30 AM

Tulsa World: Dr. Tom Coburn: We Should Pay Teachers Better, But Tax Increases Without Oversight Won't Work

I have read with interest and reflection the opinion pieces and other letters to the editor about the effort by Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite! to collect signatures for a referendum on the tax increases passed by the Legislature.
 
Forbes
May 24, 2018 09:30 AM

Forbes: The Good Life of Oregon Governor Kate Brown

A killer whale sightseeing expedition in Canada; hundreds of expensive car washes; yoga, movies, and brewery tabs; and 4,000 items are redacted from the governor’s official calendar. You paid for it while Oregon Governor Kate Brown feigns transparency.
 
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May 17, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Oregon Governor Paid Law Dues with Taxpayer Money

"Oregon Governor Kate Brown used public funds for a private purpose during her time as secretary of state and as governor. Oregon taxpayers should demand answers."
 
Forbes
May 17, 2018 09:30 AM

Forbes: The Redacted Transparency Promise of Oregon Governor Kate Brown

The governor is flaunting Oregon open records laws and blurring the line between the taxpayer-funded agency resources and her campaign activities. Furthermore, Brown used public funds for private purposes – during her time as secretary of state and as governor. Oregon taxpayers should demand answers.​
 
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May 10, 2018 09:00 AM

Subscriber Special: WATCH Our Transparency Revolution

"The open-government movement is revolutionizing United States public policy."
 
May 08, 2018 08:01 AM

CNS News: Where's the Pork? Congressional Leaders' Wasteful Grants Exposed

Congressional leaders from both parties assure their colleagues there’s nowhere to cut. It’s preposterous – and now taxpayers can help prove them wrong. Let’s get started, because the ever-rising federal debt surpassed $21 trillion last month.
 
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May 04, 2018 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Where's the Pork? Time to get angry about waste

"Just how much federal waste, duplication and weird or unnecessary spending are your tax dollars funding?"​
 
May 03, 2018 10:01 AM

Fox News: Just how much federal waste, duplication and weird or unnecessary spending are your tax dollars funding?

The ever-rising federal debt just surpassed $21 trillion last month – at least $65,000 for every person in the U.S. Just how much federal waste, duplication, and weird or unnecessary spending are your tax dollars funding?
 
Shield
May 03, 2018 08:00 AM

OpenTheBooks – Where's the Pork?

OpenTheBooks.com | American Transparency
 
Then_News_Gazette
May 02, 2018 08:30 AM

The News Gazette: Jim Dey: Legislative Pensions Generous to Point of Insolvency

As a self-appointed fiscal watchdog who keeps track of how the government spends the public's money, Adam Andrzejewski makes it a point to report bad news.
 
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Apr 30, 2018 12:00 PM

WJBC: Retired Lawmakers Costing Taxpayers Millions in Pension Payouts

The state of Illinois sees some of the largest pension payouts in the nation, which costs taxpayers millions of dollars.
 
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Apr 30, 2018 11:00 AM

Subscriber Special: End the IL Lawmaker's 'Pension Palace'

"Nobody knows how to game the system for personal gain like an Illinois lawmaker - voting themselves tens of millions of dollars in lifetime pension payouts. It’s time to end their ‘pension palace.’"
 
Forbes
Apr 30, 2018 09:30 AM

Forbes: The 'Pension Palace' for Illinois Lawmakers 2017

Nobody knows how to game the system for personal gain like an Illinois lawmaker. The political class voted themselves tens of millions of dollars in lifetime pension payouts. It’s time to end their ‘pension palace.’
 
capcon
Apr 27, 2018 08:15 AM

Michigan Capitol Confidential: Ann Arbor's $307,000 Firefighter

When Gretchen Virlee-Wagner, an assistant training officer with the Ann Arbor Fire Department, retired in 2017 she collected $307,516 in total compensation for the year.
 
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Apr 20, 2018 11:00 AM

Subscriber Special: $173 Million IRS Tech Team #FAILED

"Maybe increased funding from congress would help the IRS keep its website running next year. Or maybe the IRS would just hire more of the same – highly compensated employees who choke on game day."
 
Forbes
Apr 20, 2018 09:30 AM

Forbes: $173 Million IRS Tech Team #Failed

Uncle Sam's top tech team choked on game day.
 
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Apr 14, 2018 09:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Here's the Problem with IL Higher Ed

"What's the matter with Illinois higher education? While enrollments trended downward, pay and pension benefits spiked upward. Soon, some Illinois colleges may have more staffers than students."
 
Forbes
Apr 13, 2018 09:30 AM

Forbes: Taxpayer Costs Soared as Illinois Public College & University Enrollment Dropped

There’s no question – there’s something wrong with Illinois higher education. While enrollments trended downward, pay and pension benefits spiked upward. Soon, some Illinois colleges may have more staffers than students.
 
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Apr 10, 2018 11:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Fact Check Your Politicians on Equal Pay Day

It's Equal Pay Day across America! As politicians point fingers, it’s important to ask how they're doing with their own hiring. "Politicians talk about a 'war on women' in an effort to score political points. It’s time the American people used hard data to fact-check our politicians and demand results, not rhetoric."
 
Apr 10, 2018 10:30 AM

Real Clear Politics: How Our Politicians Measure Up on Equal Pay Day

It’s Equal Pay Day – an opportunity for activists to raise awareness about the perceived pay gap between America’s working men and women. It’s also an opportunity for politicians to attack gender bias in private companies, as they do throughout the year.
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Apr 05, 2018 09:11 AM

The Wall Street Journal: Letter to the Editor, The Bloated Deep State Benefits One Party

WSJ Letter to the Editor - April 5, 2018
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Apr 05, 2018 08:11 AM

The Washington Times: The Beckoning Slam Dunk

Every time there’s a threat of a government shutdown, a threat once rare but now not so rare, there’s a discussion of who is so important that he is declared “essential” and who must show up for work, anyway.
 

AgainstcronyCapitalism.org: $200 Million in Taxpayer Subsidies to Fortune 100

Think about that. On average each of the largest 100 companies in the world receives $200 million from the US taxpayer, each year. Some more than others of course. This is not capitalism. This is crony capitalism and it is dangerous to our economy and our society. If small government people are going to talk about how free markets are preferable to the incestuous system we have now they need to go after corporate welfare.
 
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Mar 28, 2018 02:50 PM

Michigan - Answers to Common Questions Regarding our Michigan Office of Retirement Services (ORS) Freedom of Information Act Request

“Taxpayers have a right to know where government funds are going and to whom. After all, it's our money. At the federal, state, and local level, pension and retirement systems are facing a fiscal crisis. The transparency revolution is empowering citizens to hold government accountable like never before. OpenTheBooks is committed to giving the public the information they need to ask the right questions.”​
 
Mar 21, 2018 12:01 PM

FedSmith: Legislation Would Make Federal Employee Bonuses Public Information

Should performance bonuses handed out to federal employees be public information? One Congressman thinks so and has introduced legislation to make this happen.
 
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Mar 20, 2018 12:00 PM

Subscriber Special: $1.1 Billion in Fed Performance Bonuses Shielded

“Shining a light on federal performance bonuses is the next phase of the transparency revolution. We applaud Rep. Sanford for his bold leadership in introducing legislation to make that possible. We’re honored to stand with him.”
 
Shield
Mar 20, 2018 10:00 AM

OpenTheBooks — The Case for Federal Performance Bonus Transparency

OpenTheBooks.com | American Transparency
 
USA_Today
Mar 20, 2018 09:43 AM

USA Today: Which Towns Receive More Federal Aid Than Lakewood? There Are More Than You Think

Lakewood organizations receive less federal grant assistance than other big cities in New Jersey - and the needs will only grow.
 
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Mar 20, 2018 09:00 AM

Washington Examiner: Transparency on Federal Employee Bonuses isn't a Privilege, it's a Right

President Trump wants to make the federal bureaucracy a meritocracy. He has proposed slapping a cap on federal employee salaries and shifting more dollars to merit-based performance bonuses.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Mar 16, 2018 11:00 AM

The Daily Caller Exclusive: GOP Leadership Is Going To Fund Sanctuary Cities

Republican leadership is going to fund sanctuary cities in the must-pass spending bill next week, giving Democrats a huge victory while simultaneously undercutting conservatives who put them in power, a senior GOP aide told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
 
Mar 16, 2018 10:20 AM

Real Clear Politics: The Bigger Battle Behind McCabe's Secret, Potential $1.9M FBI Pension

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has left the bureau under a cloud, but for him there’s a silver lining: his federal pension, which could provide him a lifetime payout of $1.9 million.
 
Mar 15, 2018 10:00 AM

Federal Soup: OPM Hides Salary Info on More Than 200k Feds

Lawmakers are questioning the Office of Personnel Management on why it has not revealed the salaries of more than 200,000 federal employees.
 
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Mar 14, 2018 11:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Our Sunshine Week Fight

Sunshine isn't just a week – it's our right. It's time citizens demand it. March 11-17: Sunshine Week Across America! Citizens, journalists, and government watchdog groups demand open government and transparency.​
 
Mar 14, 2018 10:30 AM

Real Clear Politics: Three Steps Toward a More Transparent Government

It’s national Sunshine Week across America, sponsored by the American Society of News Editors. It’s a week for government watchdog groups like ours, OpenTheBooks.com, as well as journalists, to call for open government and transparency.
 
Mar 12, 2018 10:01 AM

FedSmith: Lawmakers Want to Know Why OPM is Suddenly Withholding Federal Employee Salary Data

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, wants to know why federal employee salary information is suddenly being barred from release under the Freedom of Information Act.
 
Mar 07, 2018 10:01 AM

McClatchy: Salary Data About Federal Employees Is Being Hidden. Congress Is Not Pleased

The government’s personnel agency is hiding information about federal employees’ bonuses, overtime and cost of living adjustments. A powerful House committee wants to know why.
 
Forbes
Mar 05, 2018 11:30 AM

Forbes: The 'Big Dogs' of Illinois Municipal Government 2017 Edition

144 employees at local units of government made more than $190,000 and out-earned every governor. In Illinois, these top-paid public employees work for municipalities, counties, health clinics, forest preserves, water, park, airport, and mass transit districts, and even some school districts.
 
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Mar 05, 2018 09:10 AM

Subscriber Special: The 'Big Dogs' of Illinois Municipal Government

"Public service is literally defined as 'serving the people.' Today, however, our public servants have figured out how to serve themselves, gaming the system to line their pockets."
 
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Feb 27, 2018 09:10 AM

Subscriber Special: Why Are Taxpayer-Funded Salaries a State Secret?

"With its newly minted excuses, the bureaucracy itself is trying to fight back against open government. We don’t think taxpayers, legislators or the president should allow them to get away with it."
 
Feb 26, 2018 12:01 PM

Fox Business: Salaries of a Quarter-Million Federal Workers Kept Secret

The government is keeping the salary information of more than 250,000 employees secret, according to Andrew Andrzejewski, the CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, a website that tracks government spending.
 
Feb 21, 2018 10:01 AM

Fox News: Why Are The Salaries of a Quarter-Million Federal Employees - Paid With Your Tax Dollars - a State Secret?

Why is the U.S. government withholding salary information on nearly 255,000 employees whose salaries are paid for by American taxpayers? Over the past 11 years, our organization, OpenTheBooks.com, summed up and posted online the salaries and bonus information for nearly every person employed in federal government agencies – a tally that mostly keeps growing and growing.
 
Feb 15, 2018 08:00 AM

What's the Matter with Federal Salary Redactions?

What's the Matter with Federal Salary Redactions?
 
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Feb 13, 2018 09:10 AM

Subscriber Special: Hiding $20 Billion in Federal Payroll

"The administrative state was designed to resist reform. Without a constant effort, the bureaucracy always wins."
 
Feb 08, 2018 01:30 PM

Real Clear Politics: $20 Billion Hidden in the Swamp, Feds Redact 255,000 Salaries

The only thing the bureaucratic resistance hates more than President Trump is the disclosure of their own salaries. It’s a classic case of the bureaucracy protecting the bureaucracy, underscoring the resistance faced by the new administration.
 
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Feb 06, 2018 09:11 AM

The Washington Times: A Precise Census of the Swamp is Needed

Every time there’s a threat of a government shutdown, a threat once rare but now not so rare, there’s a discussion of who is so important that he is declared “essential” and who must show up for work, anyway.
 
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Jan 30, 2018 03:10 PM

Subscriber Special: Oregon Governor Has Ethics Problems

When we opened the books on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's lobbying disclosures, we found she hid $165,000 in lobbying costs from Oregon citizens. That's an ethics problem.
 
Jan 29, 2018 09:01 AM

Wyoming Tribune Eagle: Potential Legal Action Against Wyoming State Auditor Over Records

CHEYENNE – Legal action could be coming against the state of Wyoming as transparency organizations are demanding the auditor turn over state finance records.
 
Jan 26, 2018 09:01 PM

Chicago Tribune: Commentary - Don't Reopen the Earmark Favor Factory

Forget about our near-trillion-dollar annual budget deficits and our $20 trillion in national debt — pork is about to be back on the table in Washington.
 
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Jan 25, 2018 06:02 PM

Oregon Live: Oregon Ethics Watchdog Rejects Conservative Group's Complaint About Kate Brown

It took the Oregon Government Ethics Commission roughly 24 hours to vet and reject a complaint filed against Gov. Kate Brown this week.
 
Forbes
Jan 23, 2018 11:30 AM

Forbes: Ms. Ethics, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown Has 52 Lobbyists But State Website Shows $0 Spent on Lobbying

Has Oregon Gov. Kate Brown filed false lobbying disclosure reports for the past seven quarters? Why did it take our FOIA request to force the Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to publicly reveal $165,489 in lobbyist costs?
 
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Jan 23, 2018 09:56 AM

Subscriber Special: Congressional Swine Flu

"Earmarking is the surest way for Republicans to infuriate voters and get thrown out of office in 2018." - Adam Andrzejewski and Stephen Moore Published on the Chicago Tribune Editorial Page
 
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Jan 23, 2018 09:14 AM

Subscriber Special: Operation Drain the Swamp

"It Isn't a Swamp, It's an Ocean." Investor's Business Daily "Government Watchdog Could Be Key To Draining The Swamp." Fox Business
 
Jan 10, 2018 11:49 AM

WGN Chicago Radio: Adam Andrzejewski, Open The Books oversight report – ‘Mapping The Swamp, A Study of the Administrative State’

Adam Andrezejewski from Open The Books stopped by the Steve Cochran Show to discuss the latest report, which maps the study of the administrative state. You can read more about what they uncovered HERE.​
 
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Jan 08, 2018 10:14 AM

Subscriber Special: Play "Mapping The Swamp" Game

"What will you find in your own backyard?" Every taxpayer in America can search the $136 billion federal payroll by zip code.
 
Jan 03, 2018 12:27 PM

Fox News: 'Mapping the Swamp' Report Finds 30,000 Feds Earn More Than Any Governor

Tens of thousands of federal employees earn more money than any U.S. governor, according to a new report that reveals some eye-popping stats on government spending for the federal workforce.
 
Jan 03, 2018 12:01 PM

Fox News: 'How MUCH Is That Federal Salary?' Now You (And All Taxpayers) Can Help Drain the Swamp

Every taxpayer in America can search the $136 billion federal payroll by zip code. When President Donald Trump originally vowed to “drain the swamp” of Washington’s fathomless bureaucracy, it was hard to tell how deep the morass went. Now you can find out yourself, zip code by zip code, with an interactive tool we’ve built at our government transparency web site, OpenTheBooks.com.
 
Jan 03, 2018 12:01 PM

Fox Business: Government Watchdog Group Could Be The Key to 'Draining the Swamp'

Throughout Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, he promised to “drain the swamp” and to end political corruption in Washington. An organization called OpenTheBooks.com could be the key to making President Trump’s promise a reality.
 
Forbes
Dec 29, 2017 11:30 AM

Forbes: The Administrative State - Size, Scope And Resistance Of The Swamp

“It’s hard, when you’re up to your armpits in alligators, to remember you came here to drain the swamp.” – President Ronald Reagan (1983) “What we have to do is drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (2006)
 
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Dec 29, 2017 10:54 AM

Washington Examiner: Report - Federal worker 'minimum wage' is $100,000, 8.5 weeks off

The federal government has become one of the most generous employers ever, offering outsized paychecks — one higher than President Trump’s — six figure bonuses and over two months off after just three years on the job, according to a new report that takes a deep dive into the 2 million person workforce.​
 
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Dec 29, 2017 10:33 AM

Real Clear Policy: Mapping the Swamp, Federal Bonus Payments in 2016

The U.S. Government doled out $1.5 billion in recruitment, retention, incentive, relocation, and performance bonuses last year (FY2016), but disclosed only 330,000 bonuses totaling $351 million. Performance bonuses of nearly $1.1 billion were withheld from disclosure, which is prohibited by anti-transparency language contained within the government-union contracts.
 

Mapping The Swamp on Fox News

OpenTheBooks CEO & Founder on Fox News The Ingraham Angle with guest host Katie Pavlich to break the OpenTheBooks Oversight Report: Mapping the Swamp, A Study of the Administrative State.
 
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Dec 29, 2017 08:01 AM

Mapping the Swamp: Federal Bonus Payments in 2016

Mapping the Swamp, A Study of the Administrative State
 
Dec 28, 2017 10:01 AM

ZeroHedge: "$1MM Per Minute In Salaries, $22BN Per Year In Vacation Pay" And Other Fun Facts About The Federal Workforce

The folks at Open The Books decided to take a deep dive into the salaries of 1.97 million federal employees, using data collected from the Office Of Personnel Management and the USPS via FOIA requests, and the endless examples of excessive pay and pure waste are sure to make you sick, if not downright suicidal.
 
Dec 28, 2017 09:01 AM

Investor's Business Daily: The 'Swamp' Trump Is Trying To Drain Isn't Really A Swamp - It's An Ocean

Bureaucracy: President Trump's reigning metaphor of "draining the swamp" is very descriptive. And yet, a new report suggests it may not go far enough. The government Swamp's a lot bigger and deeper than you know.
 
Dec 27, 2017 12:01 PM

Lifezette: 'Mapping The Swamp' Report Shows It's Even Bigger, Costlier Than You Think

Paying our federal workforce costs taxpayers $1.1M per minute, according to Open The Books, aimed at gov't transparency
 
Dec 27, 2017 12:01 PM

Fox News: Mapping The Swamp - our prime-time Interview

Adam Andrzejewski on the Laura Ingraham Show
 
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Dec 27, 2017 09:14 AM

Subscriber Special: We Mapped 'The Swamp'

"We found small and large agencies across the federal government gaming the system for personal gain - and it's expensive for the taxpayer."
 
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Dec 26, 2017 06:30 PM

SEARCH: OpenTheBooks Interactive Map - 'Mapping The Swamp'

We mapped the money at OpenTheBooks.com (FY2016). Search the 1.97 million federal employees by ZIP code. Simply click a pin and scroll down to see the results rendered in the chart beneath the map.
 
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Dec 26, 2017 06:30 PM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - Mapping The Swamp, A Study of the Administrative State

A Study of the Administrative State (FY2016)
 
Forbes
Dec 26, 2017 03:20 PM

FLASHBACK: Trump's Leaner White House Payroll Projected To Save Taxpayers $22 Million

If the White House payroll is a leading indicator of the president’s commitment to shrink government then voters have a reason to cheer. Projected four-year savings on the White House payroll could top $22 million. Savings come from President Trump’s refusal to take a salary as well as big reductions in other areas including the absence of czars, expensive “fellowships,” and spending on FLOTUS staff.​
 
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Dec 11, 2017 12:26 PM

Reason: The Annual Federal Spending Frenzy Is a Terrible Year-End Tradition

What do you do if you wind up with a little extra money in your household budget at the end of the year?​
 
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Dec 11, 2017 12:14 PM

Subscriber Special: Illinois 'Gravy Train' Training

"This is exactly why people are so upset. It's another reason why your property taxes are so high." ​
 
Dec 11, 2017 12:00 PM

Daily Herald: 'Gravy Train' conference is abuse of taxpayers

Local tax dollars should not be spent on valet parking. They should not be spent on lavish hotels and expensive meals. And an annual training conference should not be treated like a three-day Super Bowl party funded by taxpayers.
 
Dec 01, 2017 08:00 AM

Casper Star Tribune: Transparency Before Taxes

Our non-partisan, nonprofit organization at OpenTheBooks.com recently filed open records requests with each of the 795 units of government in Wyoming, asking them to provide copies of their checkbook expenditures, public employee salaries and pension payouts. While we’ve received some responses, too many of our requests have gone unanswered.
 
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Nov 27, 2017 10:38 AM

Subscriber Special: Taxing Ivy League, Inc.

"The taxpayer gravy train needs to end. Congressional attention on the Ivy League shouldn't stop with passage of this minuscule tax."
 
Forbes
Nov 27, 2017 10:00 AM

Forbes: Ten Reasons Why Congress is Right to Tax the Ivy League

Who knew? The Ivy League gamed-the-system for $42 billion in U.S. taxpayer funded payments, subsidies, and special tax treatment during a six-year period (2010-2015). Now, Congress is proposing a 1.4 percent tax on future income from the Ivies' $120 billion endowment.
 
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Nov 22, 2017 10:00 AM

Press Release: OpenTheBooks Applauds U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis for Proposing Legislation to Reveal Taxpayer-Funded Harassment Settlements in Congress

https://www.openthebooks.com/assets/1/7/OTB_Press_Release_New_Transparency_Bill_DeSantisPDF.pdf
 
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Nov 22, 2017 08:00 AM

Champaign News-Gazette: Public Pays for the Cover-Up

Given the choice of obeying the law or not, too many public officials choose to try to keep public information secret.
 
Forbes
Nov 20, 2017 01:00 PM

Forbes: Illinois Government's Gender Hypocrisy Gap

Often times, politicians talk about a “war on women” in an effort to score political points. Many of those same politicians, however, simultaneously make funding decisions about government agencies that have striking gaps between male and female wages and employment.
 
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Nov 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Government is the worst offender

"When it comes to the 'war on women,' many politicians are hypocrites!"
 
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Nov 17, 2017 01:04 PM

FOX News: Across the USA, governments have a gender hypocrisy gap

When it comes to the “war on women,” many politicians are hypocrites. They allege gender bias in the private-sector workplace to score political points while simultaneously leading government payrolls with massive gender gaps among top-paid positions.
 
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Nov 17, 2017 12:46 PM

Real Clear Policy: OpenTheBooks CEO Adam Andrzejewski at Harvard Law

Adam Andrzejewski, the CEO & Founder of OpenTheBooks.com, presents the lunch lecture at Harvard Law School on October 24, 2017 in Cambridge, MA. The theme of Andrzejewski's presentation was "How the Transparency Revolution Can Transform U.S. Public Policy."
 
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Nov 17, 2017 12:21 PM

Newsmax Study: Chicago One of Worst Gender Pay Gap Offenders

A new report found that Rahm Emanuel's Chicago is one of the worst cities when it comes to gender pay gap, despite the five-year mayor frequently exhorting employers to adopt equal pay standards.
 
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Nov 17, 2017 11:35 AM

Free Market Central Interview: Why Does 'The Swamp' Need Guns?

Politicians rush to condemn gun ownership by private citizens. But what about federal bureaucrats? In Part II of his Free Market Central Interview, Open The Books CEO Adam Andrzejewski discusses how his watchdog organization has uncovered a virtual arms race taking place among non-military agencies within the federal government. From the IRS to even the Small Business Administration, agencies are arming themselves at an alarming rate.
 
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Nov 15, 2017 09:40 AM

Boston Globe: Elite colleges with fat endowments are on the defensive as the GOP drags them into a D.C. tax fight

America’s elite private colleges would rather talk about anything other than their own vast wealth, but Republicans have put the institutions they have long criticized as liberal bastions on the defensive by dragging them into Washington’s messy tax fight.
 
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Nov 15, 2017 09:00 AM

Washington Free Beacon: Chicago's Rahm Emanuel Is Latest Gender Pay Gap Hypocrite, Says New Report

Nearly all of top Chicago salaries went to men in Emanuel's fifth year as mayor
 
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Nov 14, 2017 10:35 AM

Free Market Central Interview: Tax Cuts Cant 'Pay For Themselves'? No Place To Cut Government? This Man Says 'Hogwash!'

Politicians on all sides insist that we can’t have those big “beautiful” tax cuts originally promised by Donald Trump because the cuts have to “pay for themselves.” What they’re really saying is that tax cuts can't be large enough to curtail the government spending. Tax cut opponents like to create the impression that Big Government’s current spending is so critical to our national welfare, it’s simply not feasible for cuts to be made—anywhere.
 
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Nov 14, 2017 10:30 AM

The News Gazette: Jim Dey: Tax watchdog continues digging on spending questions

Taxpayer watchdog Adam Andrzejewski's ride on a tidal wave of tax money continues to take him to the most unexpected of places.
 

Boston 25 News: Government's Gender Problem

We hear about the gender gap in private companies all the time, but our report shows a major gender problem in government's top positions.
 
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Oct 31, 2017 02:21 PM

Real Clear Policy: The Government's Gender Hiring Gap

OpenTheBooks.com, a national transparency organization, recently released a study of highly compensated public employees that reveals a striking disparity between the number of men and women employed in top government positions.
 
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Oct 31, 2017 01:30 AM

New York Post: New York City government has a glaring gender problem

It’s still a man’s world in New York City government when it comes to getting paid the big bucks, a new study of payroll data found.
 
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Oct 30, 2017 10:00 PM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - Federal & State Government's Gender Hiring Gap

Gender Study of Highly Compensated Public Employees.
 
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Oct 30, 2017 09:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Government's Gender Hiring Gap

"We found that top-paid men outnumbered women two to one at the federal level. Across the states, just two in 10 top-earners were women."
 
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Oct 20, 2017 11:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Federal Bureaucrats Buying Guns & Ammo

"After grabbing legal power, the feds are amassing firepower. It's time to scale back the federal arsenal." Forbes | October 20, 2017
 
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Oct 20, 2017 09:00 AM

Forbes: Why Are Federal Bureaucrats Buying Guns and Ammo? $158 Million Spent by Non-Military Agencies

Updated figures on guns and ammunition purchased by the Internal Revenue Service, Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Education Dept., Social Security Administration, Small Business Administration, the EPA and other paper-pushing administrative agencies.
 
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Oct 16, 2017 10:40 AM

Subscriber Special: NYC Janitors Out-Earn Principals

"The inmates are running the asylum." New York Post Editorial Board| October 12, 2017
 
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Oct 12, 2017 09:44 AM

New York Post Editorial Board: Why are so many teachers 'effective' when many kids don't learn?

United Federation of Teachers chief Mike Mulgrew reportedly is crowing that almost 97 percent of city teachers rated “effective” or “highly effective” this year. As well he should — since it means he’s succeeded in making the evaluations a joke.
 
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Oct 12, 2017 09:44 AM

New York Post Editorial Board: Overtime binge another sign of de Blasio bungling

Overtime pay more than doubled the number of city employees earning six figures last year, to a quarter of the workforce. And for “overtime,” read “Team de Blasio mismanagement.”
 
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Oct 11, 2017 12:40 PM

Subscriber Special: NYC $2B 'Overtime Jackpot' Earnings

"25% of muni workers hit $100G pay jackpot." New York Post | Carl Campanile | October 11, 2017
 
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Oct 11, 2017 12:00 PM

Forbes: Start Spreading the News! NYC Mayor de Blasio Paid City Employees $2B for 33 Million Overtime Hours

They say if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. But for government workers, it seems the best place to “make it” is in the Big Apple itself.
 
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Oct 11, 2017 11:00 AM

New York Post: One in Four Government Workers Makes $100K Thanks to Overtime

“New York City can be a hub of opportunity, and not just for aspiring Broadway stars. All sorts of city workers earn big bucks,” said Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of the government watchdog OpenTheBooks.com, which conducted the study.
 
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Oct 03, 2017 12:40 PM

Subscriber Special: Trump's Agencies Spent $11 Billion Last Week

"The end of the fiscal year just doesn't look like one big party. It is one big party." Forbes | October 3, 2017
 
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Oct 03, 2017 12:00 PM

Forbes: Use It Or Lose It -- Trump's Agencies Spent $11 Billion Last Week In Year-End Spending Spree

The end of the fiscal year doesn't just look like one big party – it is one big party. An $11.1 billion federal agency spending spree exposed by OpenTheBooks.com.
 
Sep 11, 2017 04:00 PM

C-SPAN: Adam Andrzejewski on Brian Lamb's Questions & Answers

Brian Lamb's inquiries dug into our OpenTheBooks' mission, vision, data capture and oversight reports. It's a robust body of work that we are very proud of - there was a lot to discuss over the course of an hour.
 
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Sep 11, 2017 03:40 PM

Subscriber Special: U.S. Government Needs a Transparency Revolution!

Brian Lamb's inquiries dug into our OpenTheBooks' mission, vision, data capture and oversight reports. It's a robust body of work that we are very proud of - there was a lot to discuss over the course of an hour.
 
Sep 11, 2017 04:58 AM

Real Clear Politics: American Government Needs a Transparency Revolution

Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com, speaks with CSPAN founder Brian Lamb in a 'Q&A' interview which aired Sunday night. OpenTheBooks seeks to provide a platform for the general public to track federal spending, with the slogan: 'Every Dime. Online. In Real Time.'
 
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Adam Andrzejewski on C-SPAN with Brian Lamb

OpenTheBooks CEO & Founder on C-SPAN Q&A with Brian Lamb. Segment aired on September 10, 2017.
 
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Sep 08, 2017 12:40 PM

Subscriber Special: Our C-SPAN Interviews Airs Sunday

Recently, Brian Lamb, the Founder of C-SPAN, interviewed Adam Andrzejewski, founder & CEO of OpenTheBooks, for his hour-long program, Questions and Answers. Brian Lamb's questions dig into our OpenTheBooks' mission, vision, data capture and oversight reports. Please watch our interview this Sunday evening on C-SPAN. If you miss the program, you can watch our interview online: https://www.c-span.org/series/?qa.
 
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Sep 01, 2017 01:15 PM

Subscriber Special: Mapping Military Weaponry to Local Police

Weapons typically reserved for war-time use – tracked armored (tank-like) vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vessels, grenade launchers, bayonets, and firearms with ammunition of .50-cal or higher – will start flowing to local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program.​
 
Forbes
Sep 01, 2017 09:00 AM

Forbes: Tracking Military Weaponry and War Machines Flowing to America's Local Police Departments

Weapons typically reserved for war-time use – tracked armored (tank-like) vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vessels, grenade launchers, bayonets, and firearms with ammunition of .50-cal or higher – will start flowing to local law enforcement agencies through the Department of Defense’s 1033 Program.​
 
Aug 18, 2017 11:00 AM

Manhattan Institute: Adam Andrzejewski Speech on the Open-Government Movement

Manhattan Institute | April 18, 2017 | New York City Speaker: Adam Andrzejewski, Founder, OpenTheBooks.com​
 
Aug 09, 2017 03:00 PM

Chicago City Wire - Illinois Arts Council Accused of Giving Out Grants Without Approval

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) has mastered a new craft: How to hand out grant money without even meeting, the Edgar County Watchdogs (ECW) contend.
 
Aug 08, 2017 11:49 AM

CBS Chicago: Chicago's Overtime Costs 'Out of Control'

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s overtime costs are out of control, according to a budget watchdog who says, last year, the city had 1,000 employees who made more than $40,000 in overtime.
 
Aug 08, 2017 11:49 AM

WGN Radio: Overtime in Chicago

Open The Books Founder and CEO Adam Andrzejewski joined Steve Cochran in the WGN Radio studio to discuss his latest Forbes expose.
 
Aug 08, 2017 11:49 AM

WGN Chicago Radio: Illinois Government's Gender Hiring Gap

CEO & Founder of Open the Books, Adam Andrzejewski, joins The Steve Cochran Show to discuss the Illinois government’s gender hiring gap. You can read the full report HERE.
 
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Aug 08, 2017 11:30 AM

Subscriber Special - Can Rahm Emanuel Manage Chicago

Chicago is in trouble and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the city's financial woes aren't stopping 10,600 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher. This includes 40,000 city workers who earned $40,000 or more last year in overtime pay.
 
Forbes
Aug 07, 2017 11:25 AM

Forbes: Can Mayor Rahm Emanuel Manage Chicago?

While Chicago endures murders and flirts with insolvency, Mayor Rahm Emanuel builds a powerful new patronage machine.
 
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Jul 27, 2017 10:20 AM

Subscriber Special - Why Illinois is in Trouble

Illinois is broke and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the state's financial woes aren't stopping 63,000 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher.
 
Forbes
Jul 26, 2017 04:50 PM

Forbes: Why Illinois Is In Trouble - 63,000 Public Employees With $100,000 Plus Salaries Cost Taxpayers $10B

Illinois is broke and continues to flirt with junk bond status. But the state’s financial woes aren’t stopping 63,000 government employees from bringing home six-figure salaries and higher.
 
Jul 26, 2017 01:47 PM

Peoria Journal Star - Editorial: Public pension reform still key to Illinois’ recovery

A few eyebrows were raised regarding Mike McCoy’s hiring as police chief in Washington following a long stint as Peoria County’s sheriff. Not least among the reasons was a very generous compensation package for a town and police department of Washington’s size.
 
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Jul 17, 2017 10:25 AM

The Daily Signal: From Cactus Theater to the Met, US Government Pours Hundreds of Millions into Well-Heeled Arts

U.S. taxpayers have paid $90,000 for a theater “performance” in which people commune with a tall cactus for an hour in the middle of an Arizona desert, “to discover what it can teach them.”
 
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Jul 17, 2017 10:25 AM

The Daily Signal: 1 of Every 5 Government Employees Has a 6-Figure Salary

The U.S. government pays employees a total of about $1 million per minute, according to a watchdog group’s report on the sprawling federal bureaucracy.
 
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Jul 17, 2017 09:45 AM

The Daily Caller: National Endowment for Arts and Humanities Gives Millions to Universities

Universities receive hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions, of dollars to fund arts and humanities programs, according to figures obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
 
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Jul 14, 2017 09:58 AM

Real Clear Policy: Funding America's Richest Arts Institutions

OpenTheBooks, an Illinois-based transparency organization, released our oversight report on all grant-making in 2016 at the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities (NFA-H) — the umbrella organization of the National Endowment of Arts, the National Endowment of Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
 
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Jul 14, 2017 09:48 AM

Washington Free Beacon: Feds Use Arts Funding to Subsidize Billion-Dollar Nonprofits

Cactus dances, Christopher Columbus assassination plays receive taxpayer funding.
 
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Jul 13, 2017 09:14 AM

Talk Media News - DeSantis introduces bill to provide greater transparency over government pensions

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) told TMN Wednesday that today he will formally introduce legislation aimed at providing greater transparency over government-funded pensions.
 
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Jul 11, 2017 12:15 PM

The Wall Street Journal: It Costs Taxpayers a Bundle, but Is It Art?

A $10,000 grant for theater ‘celebrating the saguaro cactus’? The National Endowment said yes.
 
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Jul 11, 2017 12:11 PM

The Washington Times: Study finds millions of dollars in federal arts grants going to rich nonprofits, universities

Open the Books report comes amid Trump’s targeting arts funding
 
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Jul 11, 2017 12:10 PM

Subscriber Special - New: Our Art Funding Investigation in Wall Street Journal

"The investigative work of OpenTheBooks has fomented a revolution in fiscal transparency." Wall Street Journal - Roger Kimball - July 11, 2017
 
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Jul 11, 2017 12:00 PM

Talk Media News - Federal arts grants: and the rich keep getting richer

The rich nonprofits tend to get richer, and financial need seems to play little role in the federal government’s funding decisions, according to a report released Tuesday from the Illinois nonprofit OpenTheBooks.com.​
 
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Jul 10, 2017 07:00 PM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities

National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities (NFA-H) is the umbrella organization over three sub-agencies: 1. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) 2. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) 3. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
 
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Jul 10, 2017 08:01 AM

National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities

Chart National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities
 
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Jul 03, 2017 03:20 AM

Forbes - Trump's Leaner White House Payroll Projected To Save Taxpayers $22 Million

If the White House payroll is a leading indicator of the president’s commitment to shrink government then voters have a reason to cheer. Projected four-year savings on the White House payroll could top $22 million. Savings come from President Trump’s refusal to take a salary as well as big reductions in other areas including the absence of czars, expensive “fellowships,” and spending on FLOTUS staff.​
 
2016-06-24_14-04-02
Jul 03, 2017 02:08 AM

Washington Post, The Daily 202 Briefing - Trump White House's report on Staff Salaries

The Trump White House’s report on staff salaries, which was released Friday, reflects $22 million in savings for the presidential payroll. Forbes’ Adam Andrzejewski reports: “Savings come from President Trump’s refusal to take a salary as well as big reductions in other areas including the absence of czars, expensive ‘fellowships,’ and spending on FLOTUS staff.”
 
TheHill
Jul 02, 2017 12:25 PM

The Hill: Trump's lean payroll could save taxpayers as much as $22M: report

President Trump could save tax payers as much as $22 million from working with a leaner White House payroll, Forbes Magazine reported Sunday.
 
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Jul 02, 2017 09:15 AM

Subscriber Special - New: Our Analysis of Trump's White House Salaries

"If the White House payroll is a leading indicator of the president's commitment to shrink government then voters have a reason to cheer."
 
2017-07-03_6-07-47

AOL: Trump payroll cuts could save taxpayers $22 million

Under President Trump, cuts to the White House payroll could reportedly save taxpayers more than $22 million.
 
Breitbart
Jul 01, 2017 12:15 PM

Breitbart: Trump Cuts White House Budget, Saves American Taxpayer $22 Million

President Donald Trump ran for office saying that the federal government spends too much. And now, with his own budget, he is leading the way by cutting spending in the White House and saving the American taxpayers a projected $22 million.
 
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Jun 27, 2017 09:15 AM

Subscriber Special - Breaking News: OpenTheBooks on Federal Pensions!

MAKE FEDERAL PENSIONS TRANSPARENT By Rep. Ron DeSantis & Adam Andrzejewski
 
WashingtonExaimer
Jun 27, 2017 12:01 AM

Washington Examiner: Make federal pensions transparent

Every year, the federal government pays $125 billion in tax dollars for federal pensions. In spite of this being such a large amount of money, there is a remarkable lack of transparency surrounding these funds.
 
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Jun 26, 2017 07:29 AM

OpenTheBooks – The Case For Federal Pension Transparency

OpenTheBooks Presents: THE CASE FEDERAL PENSION TRANSPARENCY
 
2017-06-12_13-54-22
Jun 14, 2017 02:54 PM

The Bond Buyer: The power of transparency

Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO OpenTheBooks.com, talks about how his database of public spending could make governments more accountable.
 
2017-02-11_12-33-59
Jun 14, 2017 02:34 PM

FOX News – Sean Hannity Show: Taxpayer funding of Julius Caesar – The New York Shakespeare Festival

“President Donald Trump look alike brutally stabbed and murdered in a modern interpretation of the play Julius Caesar.
 
Breitbart
Jun 13, 2017 05:42 PM

Breitbart: Report: Company Behind Trump Assassination ‘Julius Caesar’ Play Received $30M from Taxpayers

New York City’s Public Theater — the company behind this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, which depicts the assassination and brutal stabbing of a stand-in for President Donald Trump — has received nearly $30 million in federal, state, and city grants since 2009, according to a report.
 
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Jun 13, 2017 02:40 PM

Daily Mail: Head of New York Public Theater DEFENDS Julius Caesar production showing bloody killing of Trump - as it's revealed the company has received $30m in taxpayer funding since 2009

New York Public Theater's controversial production of Julius Caesar - which shows a Donald Trump lookalike being stabbed to death - received a standing ovation on its opening night.
 
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Jun 13, 2017 11:46 AM

Subscriber Special - Taxpayers Fund Julius Caesar's Parent Company

JULIUS CAESAR'S PARENT - THE NEW YORK SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL GIVEN $30 MILLION IN TAXPAYER GRANTS SINCE 2009 Our Investigation Published at FORBES
 
Forbes
Jun 13, 2017 07:00 AM

Forbes - Julius Caesar's Parent - The New York Shakespeare Festival Given $30M In Taxpayer Grants Since 2009

New York City’s Public Theater ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ production of Julius Caesar sparked political drama for its on-stage assassination of a Trump-like Roman ruler. Before the performance Donald Trump, Jr. asked via a tweet, "I wonder how much of this 'art' is funded by taxpayers?"
 
Forbes
Jun 10, 2017 07:00 AM

Forbes - Mr. Conflict-of-Interest, Oregon Senator Mark Hass, Spearheads $1.6 Billion 'Business Tax'

Oregon State Senator Mark Hass wants to tax the small businesses and entrepreneurs of Oregon – even if these businesses lose money and earn no profits. A $1.6 billion gross receipts tax would be the largest tax hike in state history. It's bad policy, and it's being spearheaded by a state senator who, by his own admission, has conflicts of interest.
 
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Jun 02, 2017 10:46 AM

Subscriber Special - Progressive Think Tank Funded By Taxpayers

Did Brookings lose its integrity as a think tank when government became a $20 Million donor?
 
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Jun 02, 2017 01:00 AM

Raw Data Release – U.S. Government Funding of Brookings Institution 2008-2016

Did Brookings lose its integrity when government became its $20 million donor? After arguing for “honest graft” in “The Case For Corruption” (2014) published at The Atlantic by their Senior Fellow Jonathan Rausch, Brookings instituted an aggressive strategy to pursue federal contracts and grants over the past nine years.
 
2017-05-31_20-56-59
May 31, 2017 01:00 AM

San Francisco Examiner - San Francisco, what do we do about the Davis-Oliver Act?

With the House Judiciary Committee’s approval of House of Representatives Bill 2431 last week, a full-scale anti-immigration agenda has been launched. The bill cracks down on sanctuary cities, and strengthens the authority of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants. The voting on the bill by the House Judiciary Committee was split strictly along partisan lines, with 19 Republicans supporting the bill and 13 Democrats opposing it.
 
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May 23, 2017 01:46 PM

Subscriber Special - OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT'S $278 MILLION SELF-PROMOTION MACHINE

"Oregonians deserve a safe space from government manipulation, propaganda and bloated contracts."
 
Forbes
May 20, 2017 07:00 AM

Forbes - Oregon State Government's $278 Million Self-Promotion 'PR' Machine

Oregonians deserve a safe space from government manipulation, propaganda and bloated contracts.
 
2017-05-05_17-24-42

The New Criterion: Academic follies (still cont’d)

Attempting to plumb the depths of our contemporary academic follies is a bit like pressing down with your thumb on a piece of rotted wood. You expect at least some resistance. What you encounter is the slightly sick-making sensation of yielding organic deliquescence.
 
2017-05-05_12-38-09
May 05, 2017 08:37 AM

Madison - St. Clair Record: Local activists honored by ‘Open the Books’ founder for taking a stand

The Edgar County Watchdogs – a “group of concerned citizens” that digs for and posts news of public corruption from 21 counties on its website – recently joined more than a dozen other citizens and groups who were honored for holding local government accountable.
 
2017-05-04_19-55-23
May 04, 2017 06:02 AM

Campus Reform - Wealthy universities fear GOP will end their tax breaks

America’s wealthiest universities appear intent on protecting tax breaks for their endowments in response to mounting conservative criticism of the multi-billion-dollar loophole.
 
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Apr 27, 2017 01:39 PM

Daily Southtown-Berg: Feckless Frank and the arrogance of Illinois' political insiders

In 2015, Illinois needed a new financial watchdog. Auditor General William Holland was in charge of scrutinizing public pocketbooks. But after more than two decades at the helm, he was finally stepping down.
 
2017-04-13_10-42-05
Apr 27, 2017 09:23 AM

The Daily Pennsylvanian - Penn's million-dollar lobbying operation

Penn spends over a million dollars each year trying to influence legislation on the state, local and national level — and that’s almost twice as much as any of its peer institutions.
 
2017-04-25_23-36-54
Apr 24, 2017 09:08 AM

Hartford Business - Let’s tax Yale — Here’s why and how

The state's fiscal problems are still in search of a solution as we reach the midpoint of the 2017 legislative session, which is nothing more than a tug of war between the state employee unions (the governor has asked for $700 million in concessions), and taxpayer wallets and pocketbooks.
 
2017-04-23_14-29-40
Apr 21, 2017 01:28 PM

Fox 31 News, Denver CO: More than 30 northern Colorado police agencies have military gear

DENVER -- A growing number of law enforcement agencies are using surplus military gear, including more than 30 police departments in northern Colorado. It’s a program with both critics and supporters.​
 
2017-04-23_13-50-56
Apr 21, 2017 12:49 PM

CNN Politics: What sanctuary cities stand to lose if feds have their way

(CNN)Across the nation, so-called "sanctuary cities" are scrambling to assess what they stand to lose if the Trump administration carries out a threat to take away federal funds from jurisdictions it says do not comply with immigration laws.
 
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Apr 20, 2017 09:46 AM

Subscriber Special - Our War On Government Waste

"... a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time."
 
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Apr 18, 2017 01:27 PM

Heatstreet: More than 30 northern Colorado police agencies have military gear

A study by the fiscal transparency advocate Open The Books released an eye-opening study on how many government handouts Ivy League universities receive on an annual basis.
 
2017-04-17_14-40-45
Apr 14, 2017 01:40 PM

Accuracy in Academia: Ivy League Schools Benefited from Taxpayers to the Tune of $41.59 Billion from 2010-2015

A report issued by Open The Books, a nonprofit watchdog group, revealed that Ivy League schools have benefited from taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and federal payments from 2010 to 2015, to the tune of $41.59 billion.
 
2017-04-17_14-32-22
Apr 14, 2017 01:34 PM

Real Clear Education: Under the Ivy

Reading the new report from Open the Books about the amounts of money the eight Ivy League universities manage to extract from the public purse makes me feel like the tiny antennae on a tiny green bug.​
 
2017-04-13_10-42-05
Apr 13, 2017 09:38 AM

The Daily Pennsylvanian (UPENN) - New Report Shows Ivy League School Get More Federal Funding Than 16 States

A newly released report sheds light on enormous sums of money the federal government provides to Ivy League universities — and how that money is handled.
 
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Apr 04, 2017 11:37 AM

Subscriber Special - Your Tax Dollars & the Ivy League

RICH SCHOOLS GETTING RICHER $42 Billion in U.S. Taxpayer Subsidies, Tax Breaks and Federal Contracts and Grants (2010 - 2015).
 
2017-04-04_18-30-25
Apr 03, 2017 05:25 PM

Fox Business: Ivy League Colleges Collecting More Than $41 Billion in Taxpayer Money, Report Says

House Ways and Means Committee member Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) on why taxpayers are on the hook for billions of dollars in government aid to Ivy League colleges. Billions of taxpayer dollars could be helping to fund private universities and Ivy League schools which are already sitting on an inflated endowment.​
 
2017-04-01_18-27-48
Mar 31, 2017 03:47 PM

The College Fix - CASH COW: Ivy League schools collect more in taxpayer funds than tuition, watchdog finds

A nonprofit government watchdog group has determined that the nation’s eight Ivy League universities in recent years have taken in more money in taxpayer-funded government support than undergraduate student tuition.
 
Breitbart
Mar 31, 2017 12:15 PM

Breitbart: Ivy League Schools Receive $41 Billion from Government in Six Years

According to a new report, Ivy League schools received $41 billion from the government between 2010 to 2015.
 
Zero_Hedge
Mar 30, 2017 06:10 PM

Zero Hedge - How America’s Most Prestigious Universities Bilk the U.S. Taxpayer

Open the Books is back in the spotlight today with another deep-dive report, this time looking into U.S. taxpayer subsidies, tax breaks and federal payments into Ivy League colleges.
 
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Mar 30, 2017 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special - Ivy League, Inc. - Our OpenTheBooks Investigation

INVESTIGATING IVY LEAGUE, INC. "The taxpayer gravy train needs to end..." $41 Billion in U.S. Taxpayer Subsidies, Tax Breaks and Federal Contracts and Grants (2010 - 2015).
 
2017-04-01_18-29-20
Mar 30, 2017 09:15 AM

CampusReform: Report: Taxpayers losing Billions to Ivy League tax breaks

A new report reveals that Ivy League universities are raking in billions in tax breaks on their endowments, bolstering those Republicans pushing to end the free ride.
 
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Mar 29, 2017 09:05 PM

Daily Mail: 'The taxpayer gravy train needs to end': Ivy League colleges received $41 billion in tax dollars over six years from federal payments and entitlements

America's Ivy League colleges have received tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer money through federal contracts and grants over the past six years, according to a new report.
 
FOX_NEWS_INSIDER_LOGO
Mar 29, 2017 05:56 PM

FOX News - Ivy League Schools' Federal Monies 'Dwarf' Tuition Income, Report Says

America's Ivy League colleges received more than $26 billion in federal contracts and grants over the past six years, a new report shows.
 
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Mar 29, 2017 03:15 PM

FOX News - Critics to Ivy Leagues: 'Taxpayer gravy train needs to end'

Over a six-year period, Ivy League schools have received tens of billions in tax dollars, bringing in more money from taxpayers than from undergraduate student tuition. In fact, they received more federal cash than 16 state governments.
 
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Mar 29, 2017 08:01 AM

Ivy League Inc

U.S. Taxpayer Subsidies, Tax-Breaks and Federal Payments Into the Ivy League Colleges, Fiscal Years 2010–2015​
 
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Mar 29, 2017 06:00 AM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - Ivy League Inc

U.S. Taxpayer Subsidies, Tax-Breaks and Federal Payments Into the Ivy League Colleges, Fiscal Years 2010–2015
 
THE_WASHINGTON_STANDARD_LOGO
Mar 28, 2017 12:47 PM

The Washington Standard: How Much Money Do Sanctuary Cities Stand To Lose For Harboring Illegals?

On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a warning to sanctuary cities that are harboring illegal aliens. He said that the central government would withhold funding from the cities if they failed to comply with immigration agencies in the enforcement of immigration law. So, just how much money do sanctuary cities stand to lose by failing to comply with the law? It’s a lot, nearly $27 billion!​
 
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Mar 24, 2017 12:47 PM

Effingham Daily News: 'Courage Awards' recognize efforts to open government

EFFINGHAM — Adam Andrzejewski believes that in order to make America great again, “we have to make America accountable again.”
 
2016-08-01_14-23-07
Mar 22, 2017 12:47 PM

Bizpac Review: Angry nonprofits fighting Trump’s budget cuts fail to mention something – $179 million somethings

Six nonprofit groups that criticized President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts failed to mention the nearly $179 million in Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants they’ve received since 2009, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group (TheDCNF) analysis of federal spending data.
 
2017-03-20_12-42-21
Mar 18, 2017 01:41 PM

One America News Network: 'Sanctuary City' Status Could Cost Communities Billions

One America News Network with Open The Books.
 
2017-03-16_17-28-32
Mar 15, 2017 11:41 PM

Cook County Record - Cook County government employees paid double the state average, reform group says

CHICAGO — Cook County leads the state in the highest-paid government workers, according to information posted by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR).
 
2016-05-14_10-07-23
Mar 15, 2017 09:33 AM

Reason: We Can’t Find Out How Much Retired Federal Workers Get Paid, and That’s a Problem

What's retired IRS chief Lois Lerner's pension? No one, besides Lerner, knows. Adam Andrzejewski and Rep. Ron DeSantis want to find out.
 
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Mar 14, 2017 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special - Super Sun Shine - Open The Federal Pensions

The American people deserve to see the granular details of who's receiving what, when and after how long. It's the only fair way to debate taxpayer-guaranteed job benefits.
 
Forbes
Mar 14, 2017 07:01 AM

Forbes - $3.5 Trillion Taxpayer Liability Housed Inside A Cave - Let The Sun Shine On Federal Pensions

What has a $3.5 trillion unfunded liability, manually calculated on paper inside a Pennsylvania mountain, and costs taxpayers more money annually than the entire state budget of Florida? Answer: Federal employee pensions.
 
2017-03-13_21-05-18
Mar 13, 2017 09:15 AM

Texas Bureau Watchdog - Travis County sanctuary penalty could run into millions

Travis County could lose tens of millions of dollars in public funds if Texas lawmakers pass “sanctuary city” legislation.
 
democrate___Chronicle
Mar 12, 2017 12:43 AM

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, USA Today: Many county websites have big gaps in online information

One of the clear results of November’s elections and their aftermath is that many citizens have a profound mistrust of the institutions that govern their lives.
 
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Mar 10, 2017 12:05 PM

USA Today Network: Dutchess scores high in review of county websites

One of the clear results of November's elections and their aftermath is that many citizens have a profound mistrust of the institutions that govern their lives.
 
2017-03-09_18-52-57
Mar 09, 2017 09:33 AM

Belleville News-Democrat - School districts should share the blame

Recently the BND highlighted the O’Fallon Township High School “financial crisis” where Superintendent Darcy Benway spun the “crisis” as the state’s lack of payments and unfunded mandates, which may result in the elimination of two sports and meager staff reductions.
 
2017-03-08_18-10-28
Mar 07, 2017 10:27 PM

CBS News, Hartford - Study: Sanctuary cities could lose millions if federal funding is pulled

While city leaders in Hartford and New Haven say they are proud of their sanctuary city status, a new study claims they could be losing money.
 
2017-03-08_18-10-28
Mar 07, 2017 10:27 PM

CBS News, Hartford - Study: Sanctuary cities could lose millions if federal funding is pulled

While city leaders in Hartford and New Haven say they are proud of their sanctuary city status, a new study claims they could be losing money.
 
2017-02-11_12-33-59
Mar 07, 2017 11:32 AM

Fox News Politics: Studies detail how much funding sanctuary cities stand to lose

States with cities that hold onto their "sanctuary" status for illegal immigrants potentially stand to lose tens of millions of dollars in federal funds, according to a new study published Tuesday.
 
2015-10-30_9-05-24
Mar 06, 2017 10:55 PM

FOX 13 News, Tampa FL: Study: The richest schools get richer

The bills are stacking up as tuition costs surge. "It sucks," said USF senior William Lindsey. "There's not much we can do it about it, at least for now."
 
2017-03-14_23-57-59
Mar 06, 2017 09:17 AM

Polizette - Wayward EPA Needs New Vision, Not More Money

Former EPA head Gina McCarthy clanged alarm bells Thursday over the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the EPA’s massive budget. That’s because the Trump administration wants to slash its $8.2 billion budget by at least 25 percent, a level not seen since 1991. The EPA employs about 15,000 people, with 40 state offices across the country and thousands of outside contractors.
 
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Mar 01, 2017 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special - Trump's Target Rich Environment

Broadcasting across the country to millions of listeners, Hugh Hewitt hosts Adam Andrzejewski, Founder & CEO of OpenTheBooks. A national interview exploring our latest investigations.
 
Forbes
Mar 01, 2017 12:58 AM

Forbes - Trump's Target-Rich Environment For Budget Savings

Last night, President Trump spoke to a joint session of congress about his strategic plan to “Make America Great Again.” The process will be difficult because making America great again, means making America accountable again. The president will have to fight on many fronts.
 
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Feb 25, 2017 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special - Sanctuary Cities, California Pensions, & Oregon Ethics Scandal

Broadcasting across the country to millions of listeners, Hugh Hewitt hosts Adam Andrzejewski, Founder & CEO of OpenTheBooks. A national interview exploring our latest investigations.
 
Vermont_Watchdog
Feb 24, 2017 04:40 AM

Vermont Watchdog: Law, tradition and Vermont’s dance around sanctuary status

If President Donald Trump and Congress decide to withhold federal funds from states that don’t help feds enforce immigration law, it’s likely the DOJ and federal courts will have to decide what to do about Vermont.
 
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Feb 23, 2017 04:31 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer News: Ferris: Is sanctuary movement civil disobedience or just law-breaking?

A recent comment by Mayor Kenney's spokeswoman sums up the commitment and compassion behind the sanctuary movement.
 
The_Dallas_Chronical
Feb 21, 2017 07:38 PM

The Dallas Chronicle: Crosstalk: Should ‘sanctuary cities’ be penalized?

Before Donald Trump became president, Americans did not hear the phrase “Sanctuary City” very often. But with a crackdown on illegal immigration and changes to immigration policy a big part of Trump’s campaign for the presidency, times have changed, and suddenly the topic is now often in the headlines.​
 
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Feb 17, 2017 07:38 PM

The Daily Caller: Oregon Governor Wins Big During Taxpayer-Funded Casino Trip

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and her husband stayed in a hotel and casino on the taxpayers’ dime and walked away with a $5,000 donation to her political campaign, then later pocketed another $55,000 after opposing a rival’s bid for a new casino, an investigation revealed.
 
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Feb 15, 2017 08:52 PM

The Daily Caller: Oregon Governor Took Last-Minute Donation From Contractor With $444 Million At Stake

Oregon’s governor received a last-minute political donation from the president of a company that raked in $1 billion from taxpayer-funded contracts and has nearly $444 million at stake, an investigation uncovered.
 
Breitbart
Feb 14, 2017 04:13 PM

Breitbart: Report: Andrzejewski: Can Sanctuary Cities Violate Federal Law with No Consequences?

Adam Andrzejewski, the founder and CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, joined Breitbart News Daily SiriusXM host Alex Marlow on Tuesday to discuss his recent Forbes article, “Mapping $27 Billion in Federal Funding of America’s Sanctuary Cities.”
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Feb 14, 2017 09:40 AM

Subscriber Special - Investigation: Blazing The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

Over 200 state contractors funded the political careers of Governor Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum who reaped $805,876 in campaign cash since 2012.
 
2017-03-14_23-45-30
Feb 14, 2017 09:16 AM

The Observer - Buehler: Limit contributions from state contractors

SALEM — Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, said Monday he plans to introduce legislation restricting so-called pay-to-play politics — a scenario in which businesses, nonprofits or labor unions holding contracts with the state give campaign contributions to elected officials with sway over those contracts.
 
2017-02-15_0-52-00
Feb 13, 2017 06:02 PM

Oregon Live: Oregon lawmaker to push bills outlawing businesses, unions with state contracts from making political donations

SALEM -- Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, said Monday that he plans to introduce legislation restricting so-called pay-to-play politics -- a scenario in which businesses, nonprofits or labor unions holding contracts with the state give campaign contributions to elected officials with sway over those contracts.​
 
Forbes
Feb 13, 2017 11:24 AM

Forbes - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown And AG Ellen Rosenblum Blaze The Oregon Trail Of Political Patronage

As the state contemplates an income tax hike, Oregon’s elites line their pockets with taxpayer money. ​
 
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Feb 13, 2017 06:14 AM

Portland Tribune: Legislation would prohibit campaign contributions by state contractors

Rep. Knute Buehler proposed the law change the same day Forbes Magazine reported on contributions to the campaigns of Gov. Kate Brown and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
 
2017-02-15_0-40-36
Feb 12, 2017 11:38 PM

The Intelligencer: Group Plans Rally to Make Wheeling a Sanctuary City

WHEELING — Could Wheeling be going the way of Los Angeles? One local group hopes so.
 
2017-02-11_12-05-34
Feb 11, 2017 11:04 AM

NBC Connecticut: What Is a 'Sanctuary City'?

Donald Trump kickstarted his presidential campaign by asserting that Mexico is sending "people that have lots of problems" to the United States.
 
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Feb 11, 2017 11:04 AM

Chicago Now: Sanctuary cities get $27 billion federal aid; Chicago the second largest beneficiary

Declaring that your city, county or state is a sanctuary from the enforcement of federal immigration laws could be detrimental to your financial health.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Feb 11, 2017 09:40 AM

Subscriber Special - National NBC News Coverage - Our Sanctuary City Report

Trump's threat to cut off federal funding for sanctuary cities could cost their taxpayers millions
 
2017-02-11_12-33-59
Feb 10, 2017 11:32 AM

Fox News Politics: 'We're going to see more': Sanctuary cities cave in face of Trump's funding threats

Several towns, cities and counties around the nation are caving to President Trump's threat to pull funding, and abandoning their "sanctuary" pledges to shield illegal immigrants from federal authorities.​
 
Amarillo_Global_logo
Feb 09, 2017 11:08 AM

Amarillo Globe-News: Editorial: Playing politics does not help people

Here is a simple question for public officials in so-called “sanctuary cities.” If the true motivation for ignoring federal immigration laws is some sort of concern for the less fortunate and not political power, why risk losing money that funds many government programs that help the less fortunate?​
 
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Feb 09, 2017 06:14 AM

MyGovCost.Org: Federal Funds and Sanctuary Cities

On January 25, 2017, President Trump followed up on his campaign promises to fight illegal immigration and issued an executive order that threatens to stop federal funds from being spent in the 300 U.S. jurisdictions that have established official policies where their local law enforcement officials will not cooperate with federal immigration law enforcement orders.
 
2017-02-07_14-18-04
Feb 07, 2017 01:45 PM

The Skanner: Letter to Gov. Inslee: Discrimination in Contracting Demands Lawsuit Written by Washington State Civil Rights Coalition

In a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee, 20 civil rights groups say they will take legal action against the state alleging discrimination in contracting.
 
2017-02-07_14-02-51
Feb 07, 2017 01:37 PM

Accuracy in Media: Surprise Discovery: Sanctuary Cities Will Pay For Wall

Some Senate members cannot figure out how to pay for the border wall that the administration wants. And unless new funding is found they are threatening to stop the wall construction. But a solution has apparently been found. Sanctuary cities are refusing to obey Federal immigration law. So they will lose billions in Federal assistance.
 
Amarillo_Global_logo
Feb 06, 2017 11:08 AM

Amarillo Globe-News: Texas Governor Tweets about our Sanctuary City Findings

The scandal involving the football program at Baylor University seems to add a new disturbing chapter on a regular basis.
 
2016-08-25_12-09-53
Feb 05, 2017 11:08 AM

American Thinker: Federal funds to sanctuary cities exceed the cost of building the wall

The federal government spends more every year funding sanctuary cities than it would cost to build a wall on our southern border.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Feb 03, 2017 10:40 PM

Subscriber Special - Trump's $27B Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

$27 billion into America's 106 Sanctuary Cities is at stake.
 
Forbes
Feb 03, 2017 09:15 PM

Forbes - Mapping $27 Billion In Federal Funding Of America's Sanctuary Cities

In the President Donald Trump-era, there could be a high-cost to running a sanctuary city...
 
Townhall_logo
Feb 03, 2017 07:35 PM

Townhall: Feds fork over $27 billion to just a third of nation's 'sanctuary cities'

President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order putting sanctuary cities in the crosshairs. In Texas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is also putting sanctuary cities in his state on notice, threating to cut off funding. He also said he would remove officeholders, mostly likely local sheriffs, who refuse to comply.
 
NATIONAL_RVIEW_LOGO_2
Feb 03, 2017 05:38 PM

National Review: Trump Is Right to Deny Federal Funding to Sanctuary Cities

During last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump promised that one of his first acts as president would be to address the United States’ illegal-immigration problem. “We have some bad hombres here,” Trump said. “We’re going to get them out.”
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Feb 02, 2017 09:36 PM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - Federal Funding of America's Sanctuary Cities

On January 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States. The order denies federal funding to sanctuary cities who choose not to comply with federal laws regarding deportation of illegal entrants.
 
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Feb 02, 2017 08:15 PM

The Daily Caller: $27B In Federal Funds Now At Risk For Sanctuary Cities

President Donald Trump could withhold nearly $27 billion from sanctuary cities as a penalty for harboring illegal immigrants, a nonprofit group reported Friday.
 
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Feb 02, 2017 08:09 PM

The Daily Signal: Sanctuary Cities Targeted by Trump Receive Billions in Federal Funds

More than 100 sanctuary cities across America received a total of $27 billion in federal funds in one year, according to a new study. President Donald Trump has promised to withhold at least some of that money if such jurisdictions don’t change their policies on illegal immigrants.
 
WashingtonExaimer
Feb 02, 2017 08:03 PM

Washington Examiner: Feds fork over $27 billion to just a third of nation's 'sanctuary cities'

A new report reveals that American taxpayers cough up $27 billion to so-called "sanctuary cities," money that President Trump has threatened to cut off if they continue to thwart federal immigration officials from seizing illegals in jail for local crimes.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Feb 02, 2017 08:00 PM

Washington Free Beacon: Report: Sanctuary Cities Received $27 Billion From Feds Each Year 1 in 5 city residents in Los Angeles are illegal immigrants

Sanctuary cities receive over $27 billion each year from the federal government, giving President Donald Trump significant leverage over cities such as New York and San Francisco to enforce immigration law, according to a new report.
 
2016-03-16_9-11-53
Jan 17, 2017 07:24 AM

SunSentinel: Point: Shut down the VA and give funds to veterans | Opinion

It's disgraceful that we're still debating how to fix the dysfunctional Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. It ought to be shut down.
 
2017-01-08_23-16-41
Jan 08, 2017 10:15 PM

ArkansasOnline: To cut waste

As inauguration approaches, I've wondered how our 45th President can possibly cut enough waste and abuse from the bloated federal government to make a noticeable difference.
 
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East Central Reporter: Watchdogs prompt PAC review of Sullivan city manager contract

The Edgar County Watchdogs recently revealed in Illinois Leaks that the city of Sullivan may have violated the Open Meetings Act.
 
Then_News_Gazette
Jan 08, 2017 07:00 AM

The News Gazette: Sunday Extra: Unfair criticism painted with a broad brush

I was taken aback by the article that appeared in The News-Gazette on Sunday, Dec. 18, written by Adam Andrzejewski. He is apparently disturbed by the number of public employees whose compensation is over $100,000.
 
2017-01-04_23-50-46
Jan 04, 2017 06:14 PM

City Journal: The New York Police Force That Doesn’t Work

Port Authority commissioner James Rubin was frustrated. Appointed to the bistate agency’s board by New York governor Andrew Cuomo a year earlier (in 2011), he’d been around long enough to know that the Authority—charged with ensuring the safe operation of bridges, tunnels, trains, airports, and ports in New York and New Jersey, and with securing the nation’s highest-value terrorist target, the 16-acre World Trade Center complex—was a complete mess.
 
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Jan 04, 2017 03:14 PM

National Review: The Hunt for Waste, Fraud, and Abuse Should Start in the Executive Branch

Trump is serious about fiscal responsibility, there is plenty of unnecessary spending to cut in the cabinet. It may not be easy for President-elect Donald Trump to cut egregious spending across the entire federal government, but he can certainly target the executive branch, which has been wasting billions of dollars under President Obama.
 
2017-01-04_22-12-34
Jan 01, 2017 06:14 PM

California County News - Watchdog Group: Hefty Public Salaries Cost California Taxpayers $35 Billion

Feeling all warm and fuzzy after a festive weekend with the family? Well, it’s time to crush that holiday spirit.
 
2017-01-02_13-26-00
Dec 30, 2016 12:28 PM

The Daily Sentinel: Army, Navy, Air Force, EPA

From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of – EPA? If sending Marines, Navy Seals, and Delta force to the world’s trouble spots doesn’t work, we could also send the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Both agencies have military equipment, weapons, SWAT teams, drones, and highly trained “Special Agents;” so do many others not traditionally considered law enforcement agencies.
 
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Dec 30, 2016 10:58 AM

Subscriber Special - Raise Your Glass - Our 2016 Recap

Can't You Just Feel the Excitement?
 
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Dec 29, 2016 05:00 PM

The Times: State's attorney cuts budget

La Salle County State's Attorney Karen Donnelly, who promised during her campaign to cut the state's attorney's office's budget by 20 percent, said Thursday she will follow through.
 
Forbes
Dec 23, 2016 09:29 AM

Forbes - 10 Ways Donald Trump Can Cut Waste

Donald J. Trump won the presidency by giving real hope to millions of voters that their situation could improve. Now he and Congress have a chance to take action and deliver real results. One way to encourage economic growth is to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on activities that do nothing to create wealth.
 
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Dec 23, 2016 09:28 AM

Subscriber Special - Our Advice to Donald J. Trump

Our Advice to Donald J. Trump
 
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Dec 22, 2016 08:41 PM

AMI Newswire: SBA Channels Money To Wall Street

American taxpayers poured some $14 billion in low-interest loans into hedge funds and other Wall Street firms since 2007. Long after the financial crisis ended, tax dollars continue to flow into investment houses with little public oversight while risks to taxpayers grow.
 
ConservativeHQ
Dec 22, 2016 06:14 PM

Conservative HQ- Conservative Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel Emerging As Consensus Candidate For Senate

Ohio’s conservative State Treasurer Josh Mandel recently announced that he is running for the US Senate in a campaign that, if successful in the Republican Primary, would pit him against Far-Left Democrat Sherrod Brown.
 
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Dec 20, 2016 11:02 AM

WIVB, Buffalo, N.Y. : Government PR costing taxpayers billions, watchdogs discover

Everything from public service announcements about the Zika virus to the dangers of distracted driving are among the messaging coming from various agencies of the federal government.
 
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Dec 20, 2016 06:14 AM

The Mercury News: CalPERS fiddles while taxpayers’ wallets burn

CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund with assets of $301 billion, invests money to pay the pensions of most California city and school employees. But it has really screwed up these investments the past couple of years, and we taxpayers will have to make up for that. For example, although CalPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System) projected a 7.5 percent rate of return, it made only .06 percent this past year and 2.4 percent the previous year. Off a wee bit, I’d say.
 
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Dec 19, 2016 08:00 AM

Subscriber Special - Wealthy Bankers Federal Welfare Program

Today, RealClear Investigations, reporter James Varney, launches new oversight of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) using our updated OpenTheBooks data.
 
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Dec 19, 2016 05:00 AM

Off Guardian: The Militarization of the US Goes Beyond Police Departments: Report

by TeleSurTV Nonmilitary federal agencies have spent almost US$1.5 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment. A new report by a taxpayer watchdog group reveals that the growing militarization in the United States goes beyond police departments by showing how nonmilitary federal agencies are arming themselves like military units.
 
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Dec 18, 2016 11:23 PM

NewsOK - Point-Counterpoint: Pruitt is the right person to fix EPA

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Scott Pruitt as next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency has created quite a stir. Detractors insist he's nothing more than a con man working for powerful, greedy energy companies seeking to ruin children's drinking water and destroy the planet, but a fair-minded examination of his record and the EPA's recent reckless and harmful actions prove Pruitt is the perfect person for the job.
 
Then_News_Gazette
Dec 18, 2016 07:00 AM

The News Gazette: Guest Commentary: What gives, Sullivan?

Earlier this spring, at OpenTheBooks.com, we identified more than 50,000 Illinois public employees who make at least $100,000 per year.
 
Watchdog
Dec 14, 2016 06:14 PM

Watchdog: Veterans Affairs spends nearly $2 million on artwork in California, including a large decorative rock

Between 2011 and 2014, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs spent $1.9 million on art work for facilities within the state of California. To make sure they got the best for your money, they also spent more than $115,000 on art consultant fees between 2011 and 2013, according to a report of FOIA requests obtained by OpenTheBooks.com.
 
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Dec 13, 2016 08:00 AM

Subscriber Special - Inside The Terrible, No Good Mess Of The Port Authority Police

Inside The Terrible, No Good Mess Of The Port Authority Police
 
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Dec 12, 2016 08:50 PM

New York Post: Port Authority cops cost a fortune — too bad they don’t keep NY safe

Fifteen years after terrorists struck the Port Authority-owned World Trade Center, the very cops responsible for security at PA sites remain “a weak link” in the area’s “public-safety profile.”
 
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Dec 10, 2016 04:12 PM

NY Post: Inside the terrible, no good mess of the Port Authority police

Scandal continues to plague the Port Authority, the bi-state agency that is supposed to ensure the security and safe operation not only of America’s highest value terrorism target, the 16-acre World Trade Center complex, but also the bridges, tunnels, trains, ports and airports in New York and New Jersey, which handle about a third of the nation’s commercial air traffic.
 
ConservativeHQ
Dec 05, 2016 08:00 AM

Conservative HQ- Why We Are Starting To Love Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel

One of the few politicians to get the Battle of Ohio State right was Ohio’s Republican State Treasurer Josh Mandel, who after the attack tweeted: "Looks like Radical Islamic terror came to my alma mater today. So sad what happened at OSU. We must remain vigilant against Radical Islam." About two hours later, he tweeted the last line again.
 
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Dec 03, 2016 10:28 AM

Subscriber Special - Power to the People of Ohio

OH TREASURER JOSH MANDEL AND OPENTHEBOOKS PRESENT: OHIOCHECKBOOK APP
 
2016-12-02_19-18-47
Dec 01, 2016 06:05 AM

PublicCeo - CA Supreme Court to Review Pension Case with Nationwide Implications

Reigniting a perpetually smoldering debate with nationwide implications, the California State Supreme Court agreed to consider whether rules cracking down on pension boosting strategies could be applied to unionized government workers.
 
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Dec 01, 2016 06:00 AM

Caledonian Record: Editorial: Bringing a Tank To A Gun Fight

Last year Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo made national news by becoming the first municipal police department in the country to withdraw from the United Department of Defense 1033 Program - that arms local police with surplus military equipment.
 
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Nov 29, 2016 04:48 PM

Journal News - Butler County, state spending now on watchdog app

For the first time, the financial books at all levels of government in Ohio are accessible on smart phones.​
 
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The Fiscal Times: Replacing Obamacare: Here's How Republicans Can Fix Medicaid

Any Republican attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act must address Medicaid, which has literally become the 800-pound gorilla in the health-care policy room. Simply rolling back the ACA’s Medicaid expansion would spike the number of uninsured Americans and expose Congress and the Trump administration to withering criticism.
 
2016-11-30_20-00-28
Nov 28, 2016 12:42 PM

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel Announces National Transparency Partnership With OpenTheBooks.com

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announced today a national transparency partnership with Open the Books which will further empower Ohio taxpayers to hold their elected officials accountable.
 
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Nov 26, 2016 10:28 AM

Subscriber Special - 21,862 Highly-Compensated, Retired California Public

21,862 Highly-Compensated, Retired California Public
 
Forbes
Nov 26, 2016 07:21 AM

Forbes - Mapping The $100,000 Plus California Public Employee Pensions At CalPERS Costing Taxpayers $3.0B

The California Public Employee Retirement System (CalPERS) is the USA’s largest pension fund with $301 billion in assets. It’s also a lucrative transfer mechanism helping 1,251 local governments confer ‘highly compensated’ pensions to tens of thousands of public employees. Updated numbers displayed at OpenTheBooks.com show there is a $2.8 billion annual cost to payout 21,862 six-figure public-sector retirees via CalPERS.
 
Forbes
Nov 25, 2016 07:00 AM

Forbes - Note To Trump: Cut Useless, Unauthorized Spending And Here's The Place To Start

Let’s take Donald Trump at his word that he means to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. One aspect of that swamp is the way federal agencies spend money on public relations and outright propaganda.​
 
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The Christian Post: Franklin Graham Hails Defeat of Oregon Official Who Fined Christian Bakers $135K

Evangelist Franklin Graham is hailing the political defeat of an Oregon official who fined Christian bakers $135,000 last year after they declined to participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony in 2013 by baking the couple's cake.
 
Zero_Hedge
Nov 15, 2016 08:20 PM

Zero Hedge - Meet California's 218,667 Public Employees Making Over $100,000/Year

Open the Books is back with another important government transparency report. This time, the organization looked closely at California payrolls, and found that 218,667 public sector employees earn six-figure salaries (in many cases far above that threshold), at a cost of $35 billion.
 
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Nov 15, 2016 05:44 PM

National Review: In California, 220,000 Public Employees Earn Six-Figure Salaries

California’s liberals are infamous for railing against the top 1 percent and the income inequality that has supposedly plagued our economic system. Democratic governor Jerry Brown assured his colleagues in this year’s State of the State address that “California has not been passive” on the issue of income inequality.
 

Columbia Tribune: Small businesses laud benefits of SBA loans

Local lenders are ratcheting up a focus on SBA loans — particularly the 504 loan program that allows refinancing traditional loans — as a way to help small businesses and startups be successful, hire more employees and generate more investment in the community.
 
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Nov 12, 2016 10:28 AM

Subscriber Special - 220,000 Highly-Compensated California Public Employees

220,000 highly-compensated California public employees make over $100,000 per year and cost taxpayers $35 Billion
 
Forbes
Nov 11, 2016 02:22 PM

Forbes - '$100K Minimum Wage' For 220,000 Highly-Compensated California Public Employees Costs Taxpayers $35B

In many states, public service has little to do with serving the public and everything to do with using the public’s money to serve politicians. Whenever we open the books, California is consistently among the worst offenders. Recently, we found ‘animal collection curators’ making $110,290; city librarians earning $222,320; public utility commission bosses at $550,028; and county hospital doctors making $1.274 million.
 
Forbes
Nov 11, 2016 12:43 PM

Forbes - Washington's 2016 Year-End Spending Spree

As every federal fiscal year winds down, a frustrating ritual takes place throughout departments and agencies: a spending surge on frivolous items in order to avoid budget cuts in the next fiscal year. The final month of fiscal year 2016 was no exception.
 
2016-11-10_0-57-18
Nov 09, 2016 12:25 PM

Puget Sound Business Journal: Boeing congratulates Trump but flies clear of Iranian and Ex-Im issues

Boeing offered congratulations to Donald Trump but declined to discuss major issues it faces under the presidential administration set to take office in January.
 
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Nov 07, 2016 11:18 AM

The Intelligencer: Local man speaks out against Prop E

Four days before election day, Edwardsville area veterinarian Mike Firsching issued a statement against Proposition E, a referendum aimed at ultimately balancing District 7’s budget.
 
2016-11-17_20-55-18
Nov 04, 2016 02:49 PM

Value Walk: A Billion Dollars for Propaganda and No Oversight

U.S. government spending on public relations campaigns, including NASA’s Green Ninja videos on global warming and the Pajama Boy ads for Obamacare, should raise serious questions about fiscal responsibility and where to draw the line between appropriate communication and propaganda.
 
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Nov 01, 2016 10:21 AM

The Daily Astorian: Low blows cited in state’s hottest race

SALEM — In 2003, Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson came to the state House as freshmen lawmakers.
 
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Oct 31, 2016 10:00 AM

Governing: Oregon's Hottest Election Battle: Secretary of State

In 2003, Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson came to the state House as freshmen lawmakers.
 
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Oct 30, 2016 05:52 PM

The Seattle Times: Low blows cited in Oregon’s hottest election battle

In 2003, Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson came to the state House as freshmen lawmakers. Thirteen years later, they are fighting in Oregon’s hottest election battle to become the state’s second-ranking official.
 
2016-11-02_1-13-14
Oct 30, 2016 02:35 PM

Statesman Journal: Low blows cited in Oregon's secretary of state race.

In 2003, Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson came to the state House as freshmen lawmakers. Thirteen years later, they are fighting in Oregon's hottest election battle to become the state's second-ranking official.
 
2016-11-02_1-33-42
Oct 30, 2016 12:37 PM

OPB: Both Sides Cry Foul In Race To Become Oregon's Secretary Of State

In 2003, Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson came to the state House as freshmen lawmakers. Thirteen years later, they are fighting in Oregon’s hottest election battle to become the state’s second-ranking official.
 
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Oct 30, 2016 10:45 AM

The Oregonian: In Oregon, the battle against transparency is bipartisan (Opinion)

The supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald J. Trump have one thing in common: Both are upset by what they perceive as government by, for, and of the special interests.
 
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Oct 30, 2016 10:45 AM

The Oregonian: Public records and an amusing definition of 'free' (Opinion)

In the Oct. 30 "In My Opinion" column titled "In Oregon, the battle against transparency is a bipartisan effort," Adam Andrzejewski makes some claims and complaints. He states that his organization "asked for the salaries of public employees."
 
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Oct 30, 2016 10:21 AM

The Daily News: Low blows cited in Oregon's hottest election

SALEM — In 2003, Brad Avakian and Dennis Richardson came to the state House as freshmen lawmakers.
 
2016-11-02_0-51-24
Oct 25, 2016 03:33 PM

Willamette week: Forbes Article Says Avakian Mixed Official Duties With Campaign Activity

A story posted at Forbes.com today claims that Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has regularly commingled his official duties with his campaigns for his current position for the secretary of state post he is seeking.
 
2016-08-15_21-47-06
Oct 25, 2016 03:33 PM

Oregon Catalyst: Forbes Magazine calls out Brad Avakian abuses

Oregon and its arrogant one-party rule by Democrats has once again drawn negative national attention.​
 
2016-11-02_1-22-48
Oct 24, 2016 08:13 PM

Chieftain: Avakian campaign says claims of wrongdoing politically motivated

Brad Avakian’s campaign denied wrongdoing following accusations made Monday that his campaign fund paid government employees for campaign work, and that the work may have been done on state time.
 
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Oct 24, 2016 07:13 PM

The Oregonian: Forbes article raises questions about employees who volunteered for Avakian campaign

Did staffers for Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian volunteer for Avakian's campaign while on the clock at the Bureau of Labor and Industries? That's the question asked — but not answered — in an article published on Forbes.com Monday.
 
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Oct 24, 2016 02:46 PM

Subscriber Special - Rules Don't Apply to Oregon's Political Class

Today at Forbes, Adam Andrzejewski highlights our oversight research of "Mr. Regulator," Brad Avakian -- the powerful commissioner of Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industry.
 
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Oct 24, 2016 02:16 PM

Forbes - Brad Avakian's Political Hacking Of The Oregon Bureau Of Labor And Industry

A powerful state commissioner acts as if rules are only for other people.
 
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Oct 23, 2016 08:18 PM

The Daily Caller: EXCLUSIVE: Kerry’s Daughter Traveled On Taxpayers’ Dime To Get Government Contracts

Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter and her staff traveled around the world on the taxpayers’ dime to secure more than $9 million in Department of State-funded contracts, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation investigation.
 
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Jacksonville Journal-Courier: Public relations price tag doesn’t help those paying

Military and homeland security spending has been at the top of federal government discretionary spending for a long time. Last fiscal year, it accounted for 54 percent of that money, or about $599 billion. As a portion of all spending, including mandatory funding, it accounts for about 16 percent of the budget.
 
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Accuracy in Academia: Ivy League Colleges have Big Endowments, about $2 Million Per Student

As of 2014, the eight Ivy League schools had 58,982 undergraduate students and total endowment funds on hand of about $117 billion, according to a study from OpenTheBooks.
 
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Real Clear Politics: The Ivy League Doesn’t Need Taxpayers’ Help, Piereson & Riley, Wall Street Journal

Ivy League colleges hold $2 million per student in endowment funds, yet soak up $30 billion in taxpayer funding.
 
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Oct 17, 2016 10:35 AM

Subscriber Special - Taxpayer Subsidy of Ivy League Wealth

In today's Wall Street Journal, James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley highlighted our recent research of the eight Ivy League colleges.
 
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Oct 17, 2016 08:04 AM

The Wall Street Journal: The Ivy League Doesn’t Need Taxpayers’ Help

Donald Trump criticized universities last month for hoarding their endowments, saying that they “use the money to pay their administrators, to put donors’ names on their buildings.” He added that “many universities spend more on private-equity fund managers than on tuition programs.” Mr. Trump suggested that he would work with Congress to encourage colleges to direct more of their investments toward students.
 
2016-10-14_19-31-34
Oct 14, 2016 07:28 AM

The Lakeland Times, Minocqua, Wisconsin: Government shells out billions to media, ad agencies

The federal government is spending an average of at least $1.5 billion a year on public relations and advertising - and maybe billions more - creating an unprecedented bonanza for broadcast and print media companies, as well as ad agencies, a new report shows.
 
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Oct 09, 2016 02:57 PM

The Daily Caller: Gov’t Spends Billions In Taxpayer Money Selling And Advertising Gov’t Programs

The U.S. government spends $1.5 billion annually on public relations and advertising contracts, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
 
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Oct 08, 2016 10:35 AM

Subscriber Special - Feds $1.5 Billion in PR Spending includes $400k Green Ninjas

Last year, federal spending of $15 BILLION on 'Public Relations' included $500 million in salaries for 5,000 federal 'PR' officers.
 
2016-09-22_2-09-42
Oct 07, 2016 10:20 PM

The Mercury News: VA Palo Alto defends spending millions on art

VA Palo Alto Health Care System officials are pushing back against critics who call its spending on artwork excessive, saying the costs are justified when taken into context of the facilities’ entire construction budget.
 
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Oct 06, 2016 11:55 PM

Circa News - Over $9 billion was spent last week by federal agencies to close out the fiscal year

The start of the fall season marks the beginning of a spending spree in Washington, as the federal government races to use up the rest of its budget for the year.
 
2016-09-28_0-45-26
Sep 27, 2016 08:17 PM

cbc online: Sen. Grassley Wants The VA To Answer To Discrepancies In Art Spending

Last month, Sen. Chuck Grassley asked the Department of Veterans Affairs why they had allegedly spent $20 million on art since 2010 based on a report by OpenTheBooks.com. The VA responded to Grassley’s inquires, and in that answer, they recognize their spending was unnecessarily high.
 
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Sep 26, 2016 10:35 AM

Subscriber Special - VA Apologizes For Art Collection

Over the past two months, we've challenged the VA over their $20 million in high-end art expenditures during a period when 1,000 veterans died without seeing a doctor.
 
Forbes
Sep 25, 2016 10:16 PM

Forbes - Veterans Affairs Apologizes for High-End Art Then Sets Rules for More

Another long, hot summer at U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) is in the history books without necessary reforms.​
 
Then_News_Gazette
Sep 25, 2016 07:00 AM

The News Gazette: Jim Dey: After elections board abdicates, citizen takes over

David W. Cooke would like to talk, but he can't. "I need to keep my attorney," he said, explaining that his lawyer told him to stay quiet if any reporters call.
 
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Sep 24, 2016 12:00 PM

Dispatch Argus: Cheers & Jeers

Cheers to a decision that keeps on track the $177 million needed for a passenger rail line between Moline and Chicago. That money had been at risk as new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office reviewed the project. With just days to spare this summer,the Illinois Department of Transportation committed to providing matching funds for the project and sought an extension. On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Moline, who along with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, had lobbied the governor hard for the project​
 
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Sep 20, 2016 02:48 PM

Washington Free Beacon: Feds Lent $18 Billion to Failed Businesses

The Small Business Administration spent $18 billion over 15 years on taxpayer-financed loans to businesses that ended up failing, according to a report from Open the Books, a nonprofit group that focuses on government transparency.
 
The_Times
Sep 20, 2016 12:00 PM

The Ottawa Times, Ottawa, IL - No delay for Mautino

The state elections board this week rejected former state Rep. Frank Mautino's request to delay a public hearing on his campaign spending until a related federal investigation ends.
 
2016-09-20_9-57-43
Sep 19, 2016 08:49 AM

MississippiWatchdog: Biloxi VA hospital has spent more than $362,000 on art since 2008

When French Cubist George Braque famously said that “art is a wound turned into light,” he didn’t have the Department of Veterans Affairs in mind.
 
2016-09-22_2-44-21
Sep 16, 2016 10:07 PM

Law Firm Newswire: Report Reveals VA Spent Millions on Art Amid Veterans Health Care Scandal

A new report has found the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent $20 million on costly artwork over a decade. The spending occurred amid a scandal in which thousands of veterans died waiting for health care at VA hospitals. Open The Books, a government spending watchdog group, collaborated with Cox Media to analyze VA expenditure on art for their facilities from 2004 to 2014.
 
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Sep 16, 2016 08:00 AM

In These Times: If You Thought Obama Was Giving Less Military Gear to Local Police Departments, You Were Wrong

Despite President Obama's much-touted 2015 executive order, an In These Times investigation reveals evidence that police departments are still receiving as much military hardware from the Pentagon as ever.​
 
2016-09-22_2-09-42
Sep 14, 2016 10:20 PM

The Mercury News: Palo Alto: Veterans Affairs spending on artwork blasted

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System and other federal facilities for veterans are at the center of a firestorm over wasteful government spending involving artwork.
 
2016-09-14_12-51-02
Sep 14, 2016 09:28 AM

CNSNews.com: Gov’t Still Picking Winners and Losers – And with Your Hard-Earned Cash

Small businesses are America’s backbone. They employ more than half of America’s workforce, and for every large business (more than 500 employees), there are 1,500 small ones.
 
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Sep 14, 2016 08:48 AM

Daily Herald: Suburban schools' legal bills cost taxpayers $11.5 million last year

Taxpayers in Elgin Area School District U-46 paid almost $1.9 million to nine different law firms during the 2015 school year. gear.
 
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Sep 11, 2016 12:00 PM

The National Interest: The Shocking Amount of Taxpayer-Financed Loans That Have Gone to Failed Businesses

Small businesses are America’s backbone. They employ more than half of America’s workforce, and for every large business (more than 500 employees), there are 1,500 small ones.
 
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Sep 09, 2016 12:09 PM

The Daily Signal: The Astonishing Amount of Taxpayer-Financed Loans That Have Gone to Failed Businesses

Small businesses are America’s backbone. They employ more than half of America’s workforce, and for every large business (more than 500 employees), there are 1,500 small ones.
 
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Sep 08, 2016 02:50 PM

The New American: House Panel Subpoenas VA for Documents Related to Denver-area Hospital and Art Expenditures

On Wednesday, the House Veterans Affairs Committee issued a subpoena to the Department of Veterans Affairs for the purposes of investigating the ballooning budget of a Denver-area VA hospital currently under construction, as well as the recently revealed art and interior design expenditures at numerous VA facilities nationwide.
 
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Sep 07, 2016 09:31 PM

The Daily Caller: Feds Paid For Blockbusters, Bowling Alleys, Arcades, ‘Privatizing Profits, Socializing Risks’

A decade after the advent of Netflix and well into the Internet age, one lender was still betting big on video cassettes: the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA).
 
2016-09-08_17-16-36
Sep 07, 2016 04:15 PM

Star Stripes: Washington, House prods VA for documents related to over-budget Colorado hospital

WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs took action Wednesday to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to hand over investigative documents concerning the overdue and over-budget VA hospital near Denver.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Sep 07, 2016 02:47 PM

Washington Free Beacon: House Committee Votes to Subpoena VA Over Art Spending, Cost Overruns

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs voted to subpoena the Department of Veterans Affairs over its spending on lavish art pieces and an over-budget hospital construction project.
 
Forbes
Sep 07, 2016 01:10 PM

Forbes - The Small Business Administration Picks Losers Over Winners

The mission of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is to provide lending to “Mom and Pop” businesses on Main Street. The recipients are supposed to be entrepreneurs with great ideas who just can’t find financing in the private marketplace. The public image is one of apple pie, baseball and the American Dream.
 
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Sep 07, 2016 11:21 AM

The Daily Caller: Congress Demands VA Chief Explain Art Purchases With Subpoena

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must give Congress information on all art purchases since 2010, a House committee said Wednesday.
 
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Sep 07, 2016 10:35 AM

Subscriber Special - $24.2 Billion Bad Loan Portfolio at SBA

Playing the 'Big Six Wheel' in Las Vegas has better odds than large tranches of the Small Business Administration's loan portfolio- ever paying off.
 
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Sep 07, 2016 10:35 AM

OpenTheBooks Snapshot Oversight Report – Truth In Lending, The U.S. Small Business Administration’s $24.2 Billion Bad Loan Portfolio

Playing the 'Big Six Wheel' in Las Vegas has better odds than large tranches of the Small Business Administration's loan portfolio- ever paying off.
 
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Sep 01, 2016 06:08 PM

Winter Park/Maitland Observer: VA Bungles Solar Projects

By harvesting the sun's rays and converting them into electricity, solar panels can mean big savings on electrical costs. To get those savings, however, the solar projects have to actually be completed. The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Veterans Affairs investigated 11 solar projects undertaken by the VA and rated them on the end result.
 
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Sep 01, 2016 10:35 AM

Subscriber Special - The Illinois Favor Factory

In Illinois, the politically connected are paid first. The folks with real needs - but little political power - are paid last if at all.
 
2016-08-30_22-34-06
Aug 30, 2016 09:41 PM

NBC: 'We deserve to see every dime': Man's public records request will cost nearly $24,000

Adam Andrzejewski works for openthebooks.com. He’s asking for public employee and financial information to add to his non-profit’s database of government spending. However, Lane County said his request will cost nearly $24,000 to pay employees to retrieve the information.
 
2016-08-26_23-06-29
Aug 26, 2016 01:28 PM

Chillicothe Gazette, USA Today: Chillicothe included in VA spending attack

Officials with Chillicothe's VA Medical Center are defending a 2011 purchase of a $21,500 Christmas tree for the center's Building 9 auditorium after an Illinois senator recently singled out the purchase as one example of what he feels is frivolous spending by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
WashingtonExaimer
Aug 26, 2016 12:03 AM

Washington Examiner: Keep art in galleries, not government offices

What do a $1.2 million decorative rock in Palo Alto, a $185,000 pile of thread balls in Pakistan and a $285,000 "artistic" Morse code display on the side of a California parking garage all have in common?​
 
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Aug 25, 2016 10:45 PM

The Daily Caller: EPA Withheld Key Info On Post-Spill Funding To Gold King Mine Culprit

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials improperly withheld information from The Daily Caller News Foundation confirming its reporting that the contractor responsible for the August 2015 Gold King Mine spill was awarded nearly $2.7 million not long after the disaster.
 
2016-08-25_12-09-53
Aug 24, 2016 11:08 AM

American Thinker: The Enemy Is Us

Your government is on red alert: between 2006 and 2014, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an agency of the Department of Agriculture, spent nearly $4.8 million to purchase shotguns, propane cannons, liquid explosives, pyro supplies, drones, thermal imaging cameras, and more.
 
Daily_Record_USA_Today_Network
Aug 23, 2016 12:04 AM

Daily Record, USA Today Network: Too Many Guns a Threat to our Rights

The number of non-military federal agency personnel authorized to make arrests and carry firearms now exceeds the number of personnel in the entire United States Marine Corps. That’s the finding of a new report called “Open the Books: The Militarization of America.”
 
TheHill
Aug 19, 2016 12:25 PM

The Hill: GOP rep, vets groups slam VA art purchases

A Republican congressman and two veterans groups slammed the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday for spending millions of dollars on art.
 
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Aug 19, 2016 06:33 AM

Sentinel & Enterprise Columnists: VA's frivolous expenditures not a pretty picture

There is perhaps no better example of waste in the scandalous Veterans Administration than the millions spent on art instead of on care.
 
2016-08-08_12-38-21
Aug 18, 2016 11:39 AM

CVA: Va Art Spending: A Case Of Misplaced Priorities

Several weeks ago, ABC News broke a story about VA’s extravagant spending on artwork at VA facilities. The story was based on a report released by the watchdog group Open the Books, which showed that between 2004 and 2014, VA spent about $20 million on artwork for VA hospitals and other facilities.​
 
Subscriber_Special_logo OpenTheBooks
Aug 17, 2016 08:01 AM

Small Business Administration’s $24.2B Bad Loan Portfolio

The mission of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is to provide lending to entrepreneurs with great ideas who can’t find financing in the private marketplace. The public image is one financing the American Dream. But the reality is that the SBA is costly for taxpayers, and — even worse — it creates a painful human cost for the workers it dislocates.
 
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Aug 16, 2016 09:05 PM

American Clarion: On Our Knees for America While Domestic Government Agencies Increase Their Arms

America is in trouble. I came across three items this week which illustrate that fact.
 
NewsMax
Aug 16, 2016 02:41 PM

Newsmax - Daily Caller: Obama Administration Has $25M Secret in Environmental Lawsuits

The U.S. government has kept the recipients of $25 million in legal fees stemming from environmental lawsuits a secret in the Obama administration, according to a new report.
 
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Aug 15, 2016 10:10 PM

The Daily Caller: Report: EXCLUSIVE: Feds Hide $25 Million In Payments To Lawyers Suing Under Environmental Laws

Groups concealed by the government have raked in $25 million in legal fees from federal agencies through lawsuits under three environmental laws since 2009, a Daily Caller News Foundation analysis found. ​
 
Forbes
Aug 15, 2016 09:09 PM

Forbes - IRS Weapons And Ammunition Spending Is Unremarkable

Concern about IRS spending on weapons and ammunition has been a “thing” of late. I’ve been trying to take a closer look and my conclusion is that it really is not much of a thing. Tracing back behind headlines like “IRS Sure Spends a Lot of Money On Guns and Ammunition” and “IRS Spent $10.71 Million on Guns and Ammo” and “ Why Does The IRS Need So Many Guns?” brings you to a report by a group called Open The Books titled The Militarization of America.
 
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Aug 15, 2016 06:00 AM

Generation Opportunity: The EPA Spends $92.4 Million On Office Furniture; $4,047 On A Single Chair

If you’re concerned about the back support on your desk chair, you might want to put in an application to work at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
 
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Aug 14, 2016 10:53 PM

The Daily Caller: This Is How The VA’s ‘Extravagant’ Art Spending Once Helped A Veteran

Lack of transparency in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) means it’s just as hard to tell when the department is spending taxpayer money wisely as it is to see wasteful spending.
 
2016-08-15_21-47-06
Aug 11, 2016 08:45 PM

Oregon Catalyst: Lane County’s $23,487 wall to public records

Oregon taxpayers deserve to see every dime spent at every level of government — federal, state and local. So why does Lane County want to charge $23,487 to simply produce a record of its public employee salaries?
 
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Aug 10, 2016 05:50 PM

The New American: IG Report Finds Detroit VA Hospital Spent $300,000 on Never-used Televisions

A new report from the Detroit Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general (IG) reveals that the Detroit VA hospital spent over $300,000 on televisions that were ultimately placed in storage and never used. This is just one of many revelations related to the VA’s abuse of funds that have been exposed following the initial VA scandal.
 
Then_News_Gazette
Aug 10, 2016 07:00 AM

The News Gazette: Danville VA spokesman says facility's artwork 'modest'

DANVILLE — As criticism swirls around the Department of Veterans Affairs for spending $20 million on artwork as veterans struggled with patient backlogs, officials in Danville argue that their art purchases have been "modest" and made with veterans in mind.
 
2016-08-11_12-05-39
Aug 10, 2016 02:00 AM

The Mercury: EDITORIAL: VA wastes money while veterans wait for services

Chalk up another one for the scandal-ridden Veterans Affairs Administration. Veterans Affairs hospitals across the nation have been plagued in recent years by unacceptable wait times for veterans. VA administrators have been caught falsifying records to cover up their incompetence and indifference in treating our veterans. Some patients even died waiting for an appointment.
 
2016-08-11_17-31-40
Aug 09, 2016 04:31 PM

Pilot Tribune: Grassley seeks answers on why Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million on art

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs why it has spent $20 million on art in recent years, despite backlogs for patient care.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Aug 08, 2016 08:57 PM

The Daily Caller: Report: Budget-Crunched’ VA Has 167 Interior Designers On Staff

An army of 167 interior designers work at the Department of Veterans Affairs, picking window blind colors and buying millions of dollars of art each year, an investigation from The Daily Caller News Foundation has found.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Aug 08, 2016 01:40 PM

Washington Free Beacon: VA Drops Millions on Delayed Solar Power Projects

The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent more than $408 million to install solar panels on its medical facilities in recent years, despite many of the projects experiencing significant delays and some of the systems not becoming operational at all.
 
2016-08-08_13-54-53
Aug 07, 2016 04:00 PM

East Bay Times: Editorial: Troubled VA spends million on artwork (East Bay Times)

Veterans Affairs hospitals across the nation have been plagued in recent years by unacceptable wait times for veterans. Some patients even died waiting for an appointment.
 
2016-08-01_14-37-56
Aug 07, 2016 01:36 PM

Kiow: Grassley Seeks Answers on Why Department of Veterans Affairs Spent $20 Million on Art

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today asked the Department of Veterans Affairs why it has spent $20 million on art in recent years, despite backlogs for patient care..
 
2016-01-13_12-32-28
Aug 07, 2016 09:50 AM

Myrtle Beach Online: Why does the IRS need so many guns as advocates try to take ours?

Obama’s Brown Shirts I knew that the article I wrote on gun control would generate some controversy. I put a lot of faith in first impressions and my sense of intuition like most folks, but I always try to gather the facts before taking a final position on any issue.
 
IJ
Aug 06, 2016 07:31 PM

Independent Journal: Millions of Dollars in VA Spending During Crisis Shows Government is Making Waste a True Art Form

It’s come to light via a watchdog organization called Open the Books that the Veterans Administration spent $19.7 million on “high-end” artwork for their facilities during the height of the VA crisis.​
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Aug 06, 2016 10:11 AM

Subscriber Special - Display Veterans' Art at VA!

"No one tells the veterans' story better than a veteran. Veterans themselves should benefit from art displays, not vendors who sell the VA pricey art."
 
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Aug 05, 2016 04:15 PM

FOX News - Watchdog calls for work by veteran artists after report shows VA spent $20M on high-end art

A taxpayer watchdog group is calling on the Veterans Affairs Administration to showcase work by veteran artists, after it was revealed the VA spent some $20 million on lavish art at facilities around the country.
 
2016-08-05_12-42-15
Aug 05, 2016 11:41 AM

The Orange County Register: VA let vets die, but the art is great

Veterans Affairs hospitals across the nation have been plagued in recent years by unacceptable wait times for veterans – some even died waiting for an appointment – but that did not stop the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending nearly $20 million on artwork over 11 years, according to an investigation by COX Media Washington, D.C. and American Transparency, which runs the OpenTheBooks.com website.​
 
2016-08-04_19-28-03
Aug 04, 2016 06:27 PM

Economics21: Clinton Is Losing to Trump on the Ex-Im Bank

Despite a fierce battle by many fiscal conservatives and some anti-corporate liberals to dismantle the Export-Import Bank, Congress reauthorized it in December 2015–after allowing its charter to expire six months earlier. As the presidential race heats up, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is in favor of the Bank, and Republican nominee Donald Trump is against it.
 
WashingtonExaimer
Aug 03, 2016 12:01 AM

Washington Examiner: Veteran scandal — the self-interested duping the blind

"We cannot privatize and outsource healthcare for America's veterans," President Obama recently said at an even for disabled veterans.
 
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Aug 02, 2016 11:40 PM

Investor's Business Daily - Obama Shamelessly Downplays Ongoing Problems At The VA

President Obama, in an amazing display of self-adulation, gave a lengthy speech to the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, Ga., this week, in which he boasted about all the progress he's made in delivering better health care to veterans.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Aug 02, 2016 02:50 PM

Washington Free Beacon: Congress Threatens to Subpoena VA Over Art Spending

Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) is threatening to subpoena the Department of Veterans Affairs after the agency has refused to answer questions over frivolous spending on artwork for over nine months.
 
Breitbart
Aug 02, 2016 12:15 PM

Breitbart: Report: After Exposing VA’s $20M Art Spree, Watchdog Group Says Showcase Veterans’ Artwork

The founder of the government spending watchdog Open the Books told SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Daily on Monday that instead of spending millions on fancy artwork, the Department of Veterans Affairs should present art created by veterans themselves.
 
2016-08-08_12-38-21
Aug 02, 2016 11:39 AM

CVA: #VAFAIL – Va Spends Millions On Artwork For Va Facilities

Looking to take in some breathtaking works of art? Thinking you will have to travel overseas to Le Louvre or to Washington, DC, to visit the National Gallery? Pricey artwork may not be as far away as you think; they could be as close as your local VA facility.
 
2016-08-02_12-07-42
Aug 02, 2016 12:07 AM

News Busters: CBS, NBC Still Silent on Obama’s VA Spending $18 Million on Artwork

When the evening newscasts wrapped up on Monday night, ABC was still the only network of the “big three” to cover the latest saga in the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
 
2016-07-06_18-35-40
Aug 01, 2016 11:55 PM

Circa News - The VA spent more than $20 million on fancy art while veterans waited for care

The Department of Veterans Affairs has amassed a luxurious and costly art collection over the past decade, costing taxpayers $20 million, according to a new watchdog report. .
 
2016-08-02_13-07-41
Aug 01, 2016 08:26 PM

Chicks on the Right: Prepare to Be Enraged

When I read this kind of stuff, I get why people are attracted to a non-politician as a presidential candidate, because this is just utterly unacceptable.
 
2016-08-04_13-05-44
Aug 01, 2016 05:36 PM

WandTV: I-TEAM Update: VA Art Purchases Were Made In Illinois

Decatur – The Veterans Administration has been engaged in some artful spending over the past decade.​
 
2016-05-14_10-07-23
Aug 01, 2016 03:26 PM

Reason: The Department of Veterans Affairs Blew $1.2 Million on Decorative Rock Sculptures

As long waiting times and bureaucratic inertia left veterans unable to get medical care, the federal Department of Veteran's Affairs was spending more than $1.2 million on a giant rock.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Aug 01, 2016 12:38 PM

Washington Free Beacon: Ernst Amendment Would Have Eliminated VA Wasteful Spending on Art

An amendment offered by Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa) would have eliminated wasteful spending by the Veterans Affairs administration on artwork, which the agency has spent $20 million during the healthcare scandal.
 
2016-08-04_12-53-35
Aug 01, 2016 11:51 AM

The Telegraph: Editorial: VA’s ambivalence, disrespect is the real crime

When we think of the term war crimes, the mental imagery is often of horrific acts of brutality being committed by our nation’s enemies in faraway lands.
 
FoxNews

Special Report FOX News - Has the VA Improved Veterans Healthcare?

Has President Obama improved healthcare for veterans? At OpenTheBooks.com, our oversight investigation of the VA shows $20 million in high-end artwork purchased between 2004-2014. $18 million of this was purchased after 2009. It's Christmas trees priced like cars and sculptures costing more than five-bedroom homes. Aired on Special Report with Bret Baier on FOX News - August 1, 2016
 
MyJournalCourier
Aug 01, 2016 03:47 AM

My Journal Courier - Editorial: Tragedy of war is treatment of veterans at home

When we think of the term war crimes, the mental imagery is often of horrific acts of brutality being committed by our nation’s enemies in faraway lands.
 
2016-06-04_15-06-55
Jul 30, 2016 02:04 PM

Martinsville Bulletin: Carlton: A real sickness that needs to be cured

They had no money, so the claim went. No money to man the suicide hotline, which went directly to voicemail. No money for more doctors, as the waiting list stretched for months. And yet somehow, the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) was able to spend $21,000 on a Christmas tree - an artificial one at that.
 
2016-08-01_14-37-56
Jul 30, 2016 01:36 PM

Kiow: Ernst Calls on VA to Make Veterans Care a Priority, Not Art

A new government spending report by a non-profit organization states that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has spent $20 million on costly artwork between 2004 and 2014.
 
Breitbart
Jul 30, 2016 12:15 PM

Breitbart: Report: Veterans Affairs Drops $20 million on Art Collection

The federal Department of Veterans Affairs blew through at least $20 million during a decade when the veterans seeking care, including aging veterans of World War II and military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, were shunted aside and performance audits were altered and forged, so that VA employees qualified for performance bonuses.
 
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Jul 30, 2016 10:11 AM

Subscriber Special - VA's $20 Million Art Collection | ABC News

The VA's costly art collection. Report: $20 Million spent over past decade
 
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ABC - Good Morning America – VA’s Costly Art Collection

ABC News - Good Morning America covered our OpenTheBooks.com oversight findings that the VA spent $20 Million on art from 2004-2014. "A new report alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million between 2004 and 2014 on costly artwork" while veterans wait for care.
 
2016-07-29_22-17-07
Jul 29, 2016 09:14 PM

ABC World News Tonight – Tax Dollars Spent on Art during VA Scandal

ABC World News Tonight covers the OpenTheBooks.com oversight discovery regarding the VA's purchase of $20 million on high-end art. Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois demands a moratorium on VA art purchases. ​
 
2016-08-04_13-05-44
Jul 29, 2016 07:11 PM

WandTV: I-TEAM Update: I-TEAM: VA Spends $20 Million On Art - $1 Million On A Rock

Decatur – High dollar art and the million-dollar rock.
 
Forbes
Jul 29, 2016 03:20 PM

Forbes - The VA's Luxury Art Obsession

In the now-infamous VA scandal of 2012-2015, the nation was appalled to learn that 1,000 veterans died while waiting to see a doctor. Tragically, many calls to the suicide assistance hotline were answered by voicemail. The health claim appeals process was known as “the hamster wheel” and the appointment books were cooked in seven of every ten clinics.
 
2016-08-01_14-44-10
Jul 29, 2016 01:43 PM

Becker's Hospital Review: VA spent $20 million on art amid wait-time scandal

The Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million on expensive artwork between 2004 and 2014, during which time dozens of veterans died waiting for healthcare services, a new report from Open The Books alleges, according to ABC News.
 
2016-08-01_14-23-07
Jul 29, 2016 01:20 PM

Bizpac Review: VA spends $670K on two art sculptures for center for BLIND vets. Yeah, it gets worse…

As thousands of U.S. military veterans have gone without health care while waiting in line to finally be seen by a government doctor, a review of expenditures by the Veteran’s Administration shows it spent more than $20 million amassing a fancy, high-end art collection.
 
2016-08-01_13-58-39
Jul 29, 2016 12:51 PM

WBAL News Radio: Report: VA Spent Millions on Costly Art as Veterans Waited for Care

A new report alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million between 2004 and 2014 on costly artwork.
 
2016-08-05_12-34-40
Jul 29, 2016 11:34 AM

Kaiser health News: Report: VA Spent $20M On Decorative Artwork During Height Of Wait-Time Scandal

The report, which focuses on the agency's expenditures from 2004-2014, has sparked fresh anger with lawmakers and advocates. In other news, Army Secretary Eric Fanning speaks about the importance of mental health treatment, and a veteran's family seeks answers about his death at a VA facility's inpatient drug rehabilitation unit.
 
2016-08-17_12-04-50
Jul 29, 2016 11:04 AM

ABC7 News, Palo Alto CA: Expensive Artwork Under Scrutiny At Veterans Affairs Hospital In Palo Alto

PALO ALTO, Calif. (KGO) -- An expansion continues at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto. Nationwide, many have praised the VA's efforts to modernize its facilities. But we're learning new details about what some are calling excessive spending by the VA.
 
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Jul 29, 2016 08:20 AM

ABC News - Report: VA Spent Millions on Costly Art as Veterans Waited for Care

A new report alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million between 2004 and 2014 on costly artwork.
 
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ABC World News Tonight - Tax Dollars & VA Spending on Art

ABC World News Tonight covers the OpenTheBooks.com oversight discovery regarding the VA's purchase of $20 million on high-end art. Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois demands a moratorium on VA art purchases.​
 
2016-07-29_16-26-07
Jul 29, 2016 07:00 AM

ABC News – Good Morning America: VA Spent Millions on Costly Art

ABC News - Good Morning America covered our OpenTheBooks.com oversight findings that the VA spent $20 Million on art from 2004-2014. "A new report alleges that the Department of Veterans Affairs spent $20 million between 2004 and 2014 on costly artwork.
 
WSB_logo
Jul 28, 2016 07:13 PM

COX Media Washington DC Bureau | ABC-Atlanta: U.S. Senator Demands Changes at VA Headquarters After Investigation into High-Priced Art

Channel 2 Action News broke the story of the department of Veteran's Affairs spending tax money on art and decorations.
 
2016-05-14_0-20-38
Jul 28, 2016 08:01 AM

Real Clear Policy – The VA's Artwork Spending Spree

From 2012–2015, while 1,000 veterans died waiting for health care and numerous calls to the suicide prevention hotline went to voicemail, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs created 40,000 new positions — but hired only 3,600 doctors
 
AMN
Jul 28, 2016 07:00 AM

American Military News - VA Spent $20 Million On Art As Veterans Died Of Neglect

Open The Books teamed up with COX Media Washington, D.C. to create a comprehensive report showcasing the VA’s frivolous spending habits. It showed that, of the $20 million spent, $16 million of purchases were made under the Obama Administration.
 
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Jul 27, 2016 05:45 PM

Daily Mail: VA under fire after it is revealed they spent $20MILLION on high-end art in past 10 years while thousands of veterans died waiting to see doctors

The Veterans Affairs administration doled out $20million over the past 10 years to snap up high-end art to fill their treatment centers across the country according to a new report.
 
2016-07-28_18-01-23
Jul 27, 2016 05:44 PM

ABC Channel 9, WSOCTV- Charlotte, NC: VA Spends Millions on Artwork, Decorations

VA Spends Millions on Artwork, Decorations
 
2016-07-28_18-01-23
Jul 27, 2016 05:42 PM

WSOCTV: Report: VA spends millions on artwork, decorations

The Department of Veterans Affairs is spending millions of taxpayer dollars on artwork and decorations including an artificial $21,000 Christmas tree that is 27 feet tall.
 
fox_national_logo
Jul 27, 2016 04:15 PM

FOX News - VA spent $20M on art as ailing veterans languished, report finds

The Veterans Affairs administration spent $20 million on expensive artwork and sculptures amidst the healthcare scandal, where thousands of veterans died waiting to see doctors.
 
2016-07-27_19-57-55
Jul 27, 2016 09:56 AM

MRCTV: VA Spent Millions On Artwork While Vets Died

A joint investigation with COX Media and OpenTheBooks.com found that the Department of Veterans Affairs is more preoccupied with spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on high-end pieces of artwork than it is with caring for our country's former military officials.
 
2016-07-27_20-28-47
Jul 26, 2016 05:31 PM

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk Oversight Letter to VA Secretary Robert McDonald regarding $20 Million of Artwork

VA Continues Excessive Spending on High-End Art Despite Claims That Department Is Understaffed & Budget-Strapped.​
 
NewsMax
Jul 26, 2016 04:21 PM

Newsmax - Report: VA Spent $20 Million on Art Amid Vet Care Scandal

A report has found the Veterans Affairs spent a wild $20 million on artwork in the past 10 years — $16 million during the Obama Administration — amid a scandal that saw veterans dying waiting for a doctor, Adam Andrzejewski wrote in an editorial to Forbes.com.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Jul 26, 2016 02:57 PM

The Daily Caller: Report: VA Spends $20 Million On Art Instead Of Hiring Doctors

The Department of Veterans Affairs spent millions of dollars on artwork and decorations for its hospitals and administrative offices, while millions of veterans wait months just to see a doctor.
 
WashingtonExaimer
Jul 26, 2016 01:54 PM

Washington Examiner: As Vets Died, VA Spent Millions On Art

Hundreds of veterans have died while waiting to get care from the Department of Veterans Affairs, all while the department spent millions of taxpayer dollars on high-end art.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Jul 26, 2016 12:38 PM

Washington Free Beacon: VA Spent $20 Million on Art Amidst Scandal

The Veterans Affairs administration spent $20 million on expensive artwork and sculptures amidst the healthcare scandal, where thousands of veterans died waiting to see doctors.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Jul 26, 2016 10:11 AM

Subscriber Special - The VA's Luxury Art Obsession

While veterans died; while suicide assistance calls went unanswered; while healthcare-claim appeals were backlogged years... the VA spent $20 million on high-end art.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo OpenTheBooks
Jul 26, 2016 08:01 AM

'The VA's Luxury Art Obsession'

While up to 1,000 veterans died waiting for VA healthcare; while many calls to the suicide prevention hotline were answered by voicemail; while the healthcare claims appeals process was described as “the hamster wheel”; and while the VA created 40,000 new positions, but hired only 3,600 doctors (2012-2015) – the agency managed to spent $20 million on artwork.
 
2016-07-27_12-36-05
Jul 26, 2016 12:19 AM

COX News Washington, D.C. Bureau | ABC – Atlanta, VA Spends Money on High-End Art, While Veterans Wait for Appointments

Partnering with COX Media Washington, D.C. Bureau; ABC - affiliate WSB-Atlanta; and reporter Justin Gray, we found millions of dollars in VA spending on high-end artwork
 
Jul 25, 2016 07:14 PM

Universal Journal Review: Adam Andrzejewski: It’s Not Disney World–The VA Scandal Two Years Later

Forbes – Two years ago, Americans were horrified to learn that as many as 1,000 of our nation’s veterans had died while waiting for medical care at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Any hopes of reforming the dysfunctional VA culture were dashed two days ago when Secretary Robert McDonald made an appalling comparison to waiting in line at Disney parks.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Jul 22, 2016 10:11 AM

Subscriber Special - Deadly Luxury at the VA

Sculptures than cost more than five-bedroom homes? Christmas trees that are the price of some cars?
 
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COX News, ABC Atlanta - VA High-End Art Purchases

Partnering with COX Media Washington, D.C. Bureau; ABC - affiliate WSB-Atlanta; and reporter Justin Gray, we found millions of dollars in VA spending on high-end artwork. In our database at OpenTheBooks.com over the last four years we found up to $20 million - but it's just a sample of the spending. The VA bought Christmas trees priced like cars and sculptures that cost more than five-bedroom homes. Aired on July 21, 2016
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Jul 14, 2016 08:05 AM

Subscriber Special – U.S. House Oversight on Guns & Ammo

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, held hearings on the security of the gun and ammunition lockers at Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Prison System (FPS), and Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
 
WSJ The Wall Street Journal
Jul 14, 2016 08:04 AM

The Wall Street Journal: Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

After grabbing legal power, bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal.​
 
2016-06-26_17-14-18
Jul 14, 2016 08:03 AM

Boston Globe: The FDA is stockpiling military weapons — and it’s not alone

AMERICA’S GUN CULTURE has been a subject of intense interest and controversy for years, with concerns frequently raised about shadowy militias, paramilitary extremists, and unstable zealots in possession of alarming quantities of explosives and firearms.
 
SquawkBox
Jul 14, 2016 08:02 AM

CNBC Squawk Box – Dr. Tom Coburn, The Militarization of America

Dr. Tom Coburn, Honorary Chairman of OpenTheBooks.com and co-author of the Wall Street Journal editorial, Why Does the IRS need Guns?
 
2016-05-14_0-20-38
Jul 14, 2016 08:01 AM

Real Clear Policy – The Mark-Up: Who Has More FirePower?

Analysis by OpenTheBooks.com estimates that the number of non-Department of Defense federal officers (200,000+) with arrest and firearm power exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In 1996, by contrast, the official count from the Bureau of Justice Statistics was 74,500 federal officers
 
Montana_Standard
Jul 13, 2016 08:15 PM

Montana Standard: Why are feds amassing weapons?

After grabbing legal power, federal bureaucrats are amassing firepower.
 
2016-07-06_23-48-02
Jul 06, 2016 07:01 PM

PJ Media: While Dems, Obama Fight for Gun Control, Federal Agencies Are Arming Up

The Democrats' gun-control theatrics were on display last month in the House of Representatives during a 24-hour-long tantrum/fundraiser, where they demanded a vote on more "sensible" gun laws following the radical Islamist terrorist attack on an Orlando night club. "No more Auroras, no more Orlandos!" DNC honcho Debbie Wasserman-Schultz shouted as she left the sit-in.
 
2016-07-06_19-24-09
Jul 06, 2016 10:00 AM

U.S. House Oversight Hearing – Firearms & Munitions At Risk – Examining Inadequate Safeguards

FIREARMS AND MUNITIONS AT RISK: EXAMINING INADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Jul 06, 2016 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special – Missouri is becoming Illinois

In Missouri, it's legal for state vendors to fund the war chests of politicians. In Illinois, it's called 'pay-to-play.'
 
Military.com_logo
Jul 06, 2016 12:30 AM

Military.com - Watchdog Group Calls on VA to Showcase Works by Veteran Artists

A taxpayer watchdog group is calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to showcase work by artists who have served in the military, after it was revealed the VA spent some $20 million on lavish art at facilities around the country.
 
2016-07-06_18-35-40
Jul 05, 2016 11:55 PM

Circa News - Despite Gun Control Rhetoric, Obama Arms Federal Civilian Agencies More Than Ever

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service doesn’t seem like a Wild West sort of federal agency since its biologists mostly check on the human health impact of animal and plant species. But it reported buying $4.7 million in high-powered weapons, ammunition and military gear during the last decade, including shotguns, night vision goggles, and propane cannons.
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Jul 05, 2016 11:55 PM

The Washington Times - Firepower For The Feds?

Women’s sanitary pads purchased for the federal prison system and coded as body armor? Cable television purchased by the Coast Guard and $179,418 spent by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on copiers, both of which were coded as guns? Veteran’s Affairs procurement of $31,600 in “assorted bread” coded as “Guns, Through 30MM”?
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Jul 05, 2016 09:03 AM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - The Militarization Of America

Non-Military Federal Agencies Purchases of Guns, Ammunition, and Military-Style Equipment Fiscal Years 2006 – 2014
 
2016-07-05_11-50-11
Jul 05, 2016 01:00 AM

The Daily Beast: Sen. Pat Toomey Is Trying to Protect His Seat by Arming the Police

In the race of his political life, the Republican is advocating a security platform that includes reinstating a program to arm police with weapons more suited for Baghdad than Scranton.
 
Military.com_logo
Jul 05, 2016 12:30 AM

Military.com - VA Stocking Up on Guns, Riot Gear, Tactical Equipment: Report

The Department of Veterans Affairs bought more than $11 million worth of weapons, ammo and other security equipment between 2005 and 2014, according to a report released last month by a non-profit organization that tracks spending across the federal government.
 
WashingtonExaimer
Jul 04, 2016 05:00 AM

Washington Examiner: House Chairman: Feds lose 985 guns, including Uzis, grenade launchers

The federal government has spent $1.5 billion on guns and ammo since 2006, and lost nearly 1,000 weapons along the way, including Uzis, assault rifles, and grenade launchers, according to the House Oversight Committee chairman.
 
2016-06-27_14-23-36
Jul 02, 2016 09:01 AM

CBS News: Report: FDA, Smithsonian, other fed groups gathering war arsenals

After riots broke out in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014 following the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white cop, and police responded in tactical combat gear to largely unarmed protesters, many began to question the militarization of America's police forces.
 
2016-07-05_11-29-58
Jul 01, 2016 12:05 PM

Palm Beach Post, Washington, D.C: IRS should stop buying guns, lawmaker says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The IRS is coming under fire for its stockpile of heavy weapons, with one Republican lawmaker calling for a ban on future gun purchases by the agency.
 
2016-07-01_21-38-26
Jul 01, 2016 11:28 AM

Tax Notes: IRS Counters Accusation It Cannot Account for CI Firearms

The IRS tracks its Criminal Investigation division's inventory of equipment, including weapons, via an electronic system accessible to IRS management and executives in Washington, the agency said, responding to an accusation that it lacks a centralized record of its firearms.
 
2016-07-05_11-45-16
Jul 01, 2016 10:23 AM

WHIO: IRS should stop buying guns, lawmaker says

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The IRS is coming under fire for its stockpile of heavy weapons, with one Republican lawmaker calling for a ban on future gun purchases by the agency.
 
2016-05-14_0-20-38
Jun 30, 2016 03:12 PM

Real Clear Policy – An Assault Weapons Ban for the IRS

OpenTheBooks.com estimates that the number of border patrol, customs, and immigration officers with arrest and firearm power has tripled from 20,000 in 1993 to 60,000 in 2014.
 
2016-07-05_11-06-51
Jun 30, 2016 10:07 AM

The American Conservative: An American Brexit?

The British vote to leave the European Union may just be the biggest shock to English bureaucratic government since the American Revolution.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo OpenTheBooks
Jun 30, 2016 08:01 AM

Why Isn't the U.S. Border Secure?

OpenTheBooks.com estimates that the number of border patrol, customs, and immigration officers with arrest and firearm power has tripled from 20,000 in 1993 to 60,000 in 2014. During roughly the same period, the number of undocumented entrants to the United States also tripled. So is border security a question of resources — or political will?
 
2016-02-26_9-19-48
Jun 27, 2016 09:00 AM

NY Daily News: Non-military federal agencies are spending billions on guns, ammo and military gear, report finds

Federal agencies other than the Department of Defense spent nearly $1.5 billion on guns, ammunition and military-style equipment over the past nine years, a new report found.
 
Zero_Hedge
Jun 24, 2016 08:10 PM

Zero Hedge - If The Public Shouldn't Have Them, Why Does The IRS Need AR-15s?

Here we go again. Stuck in the aftermath of a horrific shooting and all politicians think to do is scheme about how to take more rights from the citizenry. There are no good guys here. The Democrats want to railroad over due process by denying firearms to people on Orwellian watch lists, while Republicans plot to give the FBI more warrantless surveillance powers. This is the authoritarian knee-jerk response to tragedy we get from the U.S Congress.
 
WashingtonBeacon
Jun 22, 2016 10:20 AM

Washington Free Beacon: There Are Now More Bureaucrats With Guns Than U.S. Marines

There are now more non-military government employees who carry guns than there are U.S. Marines, according to a new report.
 
WSJ The Wall Street Journal
Jun 22, 2016 08:00 AM

The Wall Street Journal: Why Your IRS Auditor Needs a Machine Gun

None of the agencies being armed and trained are considered military, so they can be used to enforce whatever policies a future administration may deem fit.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Jun 22, 2016 07:56 AM

Subscriber Special - A Federal Arms Race - Tom Coburn on CNBC

"Reading your editorial in the Wall Street Journal last week, raised questions of a growing federal arms race... Why is the IRS stockpiling AR-15's?"
 
Forbes
Jun 22, 2016 07:16 AM

Forbes - An Assault Weapons Ban For the IRS (And Other Federal Regulatory Agencies)

In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, many Washington politicians tried to shift the conversation to the Second Amendment and called for an assault weapons bans. But former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, our Honorary Chairman, had another idea.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Jun 21, 2016 10:24 PM

The Daily Caller: Feds Obstruct Media Probe By Blocking Interviews With Key Officials

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) public relations official is blocking interviews sought by The Daily Caller News Foundation with employees believed to have vital information about the federal government’s $1 billion Superfund program.
 
Jun 21, 2016 07:03 PM

Examiner: Obama's America: Gun toting paper pushers now outnumber US Marines

Ronald Reagan once famously quipped that nine of the most terrifying words in the English language are "I'm from the government, and I'm here to help." Yet if The Great Communicator were alive today he very well may tack on four more words to his anxiety inducing salutation, "... and I'm heavily armed."​
 
Jun 21, 2016 04:54 PM

People's Pundit Daily: America’s Latest Epidemic: Bureaucrats with Guns

While I dismiss conspiracy theories that presume there’s a plan in Washington to strip away our rights, I do think there’s a natural “public choice” explanation for ever-growing, ever-more powerful government. And that can lead to ever-expanding examples of abusive mistreatment of citizens.
 
LibertyBlitz
Jun 21, 2016 03:45 PM

Liberty Blitzkrieg: If the Public Shouldn’t Have Them, Why Does the IRS Need AR-15s?

Here we go again. Stuck in the aftermath of a horrific shooting and all politicians think to do is scheme about how to take more rights from the citizenry. There are no good guys here.
 
2016-05-14_0-20-38
Jun 21, 2016 03:12 PM

Real Clear Policy – An Assault Weapons Ban for the IRS

In the aftermath of the Orlando terrorist attack, many Washington politicians tried to shift the conversation to the Second Amendment and called for an assault weapons bans. But former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, our Honorary Chairman, had another idea. In this interview on CNBC, Coburn said we should improve our system of background checks, but said it was IRS officials and non-military federal personnel who should be subject to an assault weapons ban, not the general public.
 
2016-06-24_14-04-02
Jun 21, 2016 03:08 PM

The Washington Post, Radley Balko Blog - Morning Links, The IRS Has AR-15's? By Radley Balko

Radley Balko blogs about criminal justice, the drug war and civil liberties for The Washington Post. He is the author of the book "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces."
 
2016-06-23_11-17-24
Jun 21, 2016 03:07 PM

Buffalo Reflex: CAMPBELL: Why do the EPA and the Social Security Administration need guns?

We all know that President Obama increases gun sales throughout the country every time he makes a speech on the need for gun control. Two million hand guns were purchased in January after he was re-elected.​
 
2016-06-24_14-37-28
Jun 21, 2016 01:37 PM

American Military News: There Are Now More Armed Non-Military Government Officials Than U.S. Marines

The number of armed non-military government employees now exceeds the number of U.S. Marines that that carry guns, according to a new government report. Open the Books, a taxpayer watchdog group, released a study that shows several non-military government agencies are stockpiling military-style weapons.​
 
2016-06-24_14-10-31
Jun 21, 2016 01:09 PM

NewsOK - With federal agencies, it's 'do as I say, not as I do'

It seems the Honorable Dr. Tom Coburn has given us a few more dots to connect. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece co-authored by Adam Andrzejewski, the pair related some troubling facts. They listed a number of federal agencies, not affiliated with the Department of Defense, that have acquired weapons, ammunition, night-vision devices and explosives.
 
2016-06-24_14-10-31
Jun 21, 2016 01:09 PM

NewsOK - In retirement, Coburn still making an impact

TOM Coburn left public office in early 2015. He has not left the public square, for which Oklahomans should be grateful.
 
2016-06-28_8-20-36
Jun 21, 2016 07:20 AM

Telesur: The Militarization of the US Goes Beyond Police Departments: Report

Nonmilitary federal agencies have spent almost $1.5 billion on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment.​
 
2016-06-20_13-02-49
Jun 20, 2016 11:54 AM

Against Crony Capitalism: Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

Yeah, that is a very good question. It actually has an easy answer though. – It doesn’t.
 
2016-06-20_12-52-23
Jun 20, 2016 07:55 AM

Charleston Gazette-Mail: Daily Mail editorial: Why is the government buying so many guns?

As gun ownership in the United States is a hot topic among many, a column in Friday’s Wall Street Journal reveals a disturbing increase by several affiliated groups in the amount of guns, ammunition and gear the groups have purchased.
 
Jun 19, 2016 04:30 AM

Galesburg Register-Mail, IL : London Mills Police Dept Shuts Down over Outcry regarding DOD Military Surplus

The London Mills Village Board of Trustees closed the police department two months ago. The last police chief of the department said the move came after he wrote a ticket for a man who crashed a car and was found to be driving under the influence.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Jun 18, 2016 05:24 PM

The Daily Caller: Report: IRS Spent $11 Million On Guns, Ammo In The Past 10 Years

A Federal law enforcement officer stands outside the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn borough in New York April 2, 2015. Two New York City women have been arrested in an alleged conspiracy to build a bomb and wage a "terrorist attack" in the United States, according to a federal criminal complaint made public on Thursday.
 
The_Times
Jun 18, 2016 12:00 PM

The Ottawa Times, Ottawa, IL - Small Towns With Military Arms

The tiny village of Lostant is not known as a haven for crime, but its police department has armed itself with military-grade weapons.
 
2016-04-29_0-25-37
Jun 17, 2016 09:33 PM

Instapundit: Why Does the IRS Need so Many Guns?

Special agents at the IRS equipped with AR-15 military-style rifles? Health and Human Services “Special Office of Inspector General Agents” being trained by the Army’s Special Forces contractors? The Department of Veterans Affairs arming 3,700 employees?
 
2016-05-23_13-53-23
Jun 17, 2016 01:11 PM

RealClearPolitics – Why Does the IRS Need Guns? By Tom Coburn and Adam Andrzejewski, Wall Street Journal

Why Does the IRS Need Guns? By Tom Coburn and Adam Andrzejewski, Wall Street Journal
 
Breitbart
Jun 17, 2016 12:15 PM

Breitbart: Federal Plant and Animal Inspectors Spend $4.77M on Military Hardware

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service spent $4.77 million between 2006-2014 on guns, ammunition and other pieces of military-style hardware according to June oversight report “The Militarization of America, a review of purchases by non-military federal agencies, issued by Open the Books, a project by the government watchdog American Transparency.
 
FoxNation
Jun 17, 2016 12:00 PM

FoxNation – Why Does the IRS Need Guns?

After grabbing legal power, bureaucrats are amassing firepower. It’s time to scale back the federal arsenal.​
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Jun 17, 2016 09:56 AM

Subscriber Special - Militarization of America - now in The Wall Street Journal

"Who are they [the feds] preparing to battle?"
 
Subscriber_Special_logo OpenTheBooks
Jun 16, 2016 08:01 AM

Who Has More FirePower? U.S. Marines vs. Bureaucrats

Analysis by OpenTheBooks.com estimates that the number of non-Department of Defense federal officers (200,000+) with arrest and firearm power exceeds the number of U.S. Marines (182,000). In 1996, by contrast, the official count from the Bureau of Justice Statistics was 74,500 federal officers
 
2016-06-16_7-18-00
Jun 15, 2016 08:52 PM

Techwire: Chiang Vows to Tap Technology to Transform Government if Elected Governor

A decade ago, when State Treasurer John Chiang was chair of the Board of Equalization, he promoted a one-step website intended to help Californians learn when and how to pay their taxes on time.
 
Reboot_Illinois_Logo
Jun 09, 2016 04:10 PM

Reboot Illinois: Open The Books App Opens The Book On $100,000-Plus Illinois Teacher Pensions

New numbers show that the 7,499 ‘highly compensated,’ six-figure school administrator/teacher annuitants cost Illinois taxpayers nearly $1 billion per year. But in just six years, the problem of six-figure pensions will be three-times worse.
 
Military.com_logo
Jun 06, 2016 10:30 AM

Military.com - New Report on VA Spending on Image

A new study from a government watchdog group called Open the Books focuses on how much money the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has spent to repair its image instead of repairing the VA system.
 
MI_Daily_Update_Logo
Jun 06, 2016 10:15 AM

Manhattan Institute Subscriber Email: Port Authority Should Replace Expensive Pension Plan to Help Stay Afloat by Steven Malanga.

A police lieutenant at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey retired in 2013 with an annual salary of $129,000, and then began collecting a pension of $172,000. An assistant airport operations manager retired at a salary of $89,000, but soon began collecting a pension of $103,000. An electrician quit with a base salary of $76,000 and started collecting a pension of $79,000.
 
Bloated_Broke_and_Bullied_Image
Jun 06, 2016 10:00 AM

Bloated, Broke, and Bullied - Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, New York: Bloated, Bullied and Broke – The Port Authority of New York-New Jersey

In 2013, a police lieutenant at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey retired with an annual salary of $129,000; the next year, he began collecting a lifetime pension of $172,000, or one-third above his base pay.
 
2016-06-05_15-26-15
Jun 05, 2016 10:47 AM

The Star-Ledger, NJ.com, Port Authority should replace expensive pension plan to help stay afloat | Opinion

A police lieutenant at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey retired in 2013 with an annual salary of $129,000, and then began collecting a pension of $172,000. An assistant airport operations manager retired at a salary of $89,000, but soon began collecting a pension of $103,000. An electrician quit with a base salary of $76,000 and started collecting a pension of $79,000.
 
2016-06-04_15-06-55
May 31, 2016 02:04 PM

Martinsville Bulletin: Sometimes you just need a (Cheap) Chair

I’m still trying to figure out how exactly it happens. How do you give someone billions of dollars and not check up on how it’s spent?
 
Breitbart
May 30, 2016 12:15 PM

Breitbart: Public Database Helps People Fight for Care at Veterans Affairs Hospitals

An interactive guide by OpenTheBooks gives veterans and their families quick access to the titles, names, and salaries of officials employed at the Department of Veterans Affairs centers in their neighborhood and across the country.
 
Breitbart
May 30, 2016 12:00 PM

Breitbart: Forbes: Tales from a World War II ‘Boys of Fury’ Tank Crew

For Memorial Day, Adam Andrzejewski shares stories from his grandfather’s experiences in a tank crew during America’s World War II invasion of Europe.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
May 30, 2016 10:11 AM

Subscriber Special - Honoring Our World War II 'Boys of Fury'

Our World War II 'Boys of Fury' and The Prayer Behind the Barn
 
Forbes
May 30, 2016 07:16 AM

Forbes - Our World War II 'Boys Of Fury' And The Prayer Behind The Barn

Because of the battlefield courage exhibited by my grandfather and his Army lieutenant (1944-1945), my family received a generational legacy of American abundance, freedom and liberty. Here’s our story.​
 
2016-05-14_0-20-38
May 27, 2016 11:04 PM

Real Clear Policy: The VA Scandal Two Years Later

RealClear Policy showcases our Forbes column, The VA Scandal Two Years Later
 
2016-05-30_21-26-26
May 27, 2016 05:39 PM

10News WTSP, Clearwater, FL: Tampa Bay veterans react to another scathing VA report

There is anger and disappointment ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs coming under fire -- again.
 
May 27, 2016 01:10 PM

Tyler Morning Telegraph: VA hasn't fixed its deadly problems

He has since apologized for it (poorly) but the statement’s still out there. And as we near the two-year anniversary of the Veterans Affair wait times scandal, it’s worth looking at how the department has - or has not - remedied the mess.
 
2015-12-02_22-42-17
May 26, 2016 10:37 PM

The Blaze: New Study Reveals Less Than 10 Percent of New VA Hires Were Doctors

A newly-released study of the Department of Veterans Affairs revealed the agency devoted millions of dollars to lawyers and public relations officials, while spending only a fraction of its budget on new medical hires, as thousands awaited medical attention.
 
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May 26, 2016 04:15 PM

FOX News - Study: Less than 10 percent of new VA hires were doctors

A newly released study hammered the Department of Veterans Affairs for spending a fraction of its budget on new doctors while devoting millions to lawyers and public affairs officials – as thousands of veterans were waiting for care.
 
Reboot_Illinois_Logo
May 26, 2016 04:10 PM

Reboot Illinois: Open the books app lets you search the illinois public employee “$100,000 salary club”

In Illinois politics, anything happens for the good of the people, it’s entirely by accident. Public service has little to do with serving the public and everything to do with using the public’s money to serve politicians.
 
LibertyBlitz

Liberty Blitzkrieg: VA Chief Compares Veteran Wait Times to Lines at Disneyland

Adam Andrzejewski, founder and CEO of the always excellent Open the Books, has published an excellent piece over at Forbes covering the ongoing Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal.
 
The_Daily_Caller
May 25, 2016 05:24 PM

The Daily Caller: VA Created 40,000 Positions From 2012 To 2015, But Only 1-In-11 Were For Doctors

The Department of Veterans Affairs created 40,000 new positions from 2012 to 2015, but only one-in-11 were actually for doctors.
 
The_Daily_Caller
May 25, 2016 04:42 PM

The Daily Caller: See How Much VA Officials In Your Neighborhood Are Making

Government transparency group Open the Books launched an interactive map Wednesday showing the names, titles and salaries of more than 354,000 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees as of 2015. ​
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
May 25, 2016 04:20 PM

OpenTheBooks Snapshot Oversight Report - The VA Scandal Two Years Later

During and after the VA wait-time scandal, the agency added nearly 40,000 positions to payroll, but only 3,591 were doctors.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
May 25, 2016 11:56 AM

Subscriber Special - The VA Scandal Two Years Later

During and after the VA wait-time scandal, the agency added nearly 40,000 positions to payroll, but only 3,591 were doctors.
 
Forbes
May 25, 2016 07:16 AM

Forbes - It's Not Disney World - the VA Scandal Two Years Later

Two years ago, Americans were horrified to learn that as many as 1,000 of our nation’s veterans had died while waiting for medical care at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Any hopes of reforming the dysfunctional VA culture were dashed two days ago when Secretary Robert McDonald made an appalling comparison to waiting in line at Disney parks.
 
2016-06-04_14-58-33
May 24, 2016 01:58 PM

Benefits Pro: Tell your clients stories from the pension wars

Highland Park, Illinois, is an affluent north-Chicago suburban community of about 30,000 people. If you live there and dream of achieving the good life in retirement, you should work for the public school system.
 
2016-05-23_13-53-23
May 22, 2016 10:46 PM

Real Clear Politics: $100k for 50,000 IL Public Employees

$100k+ for 50,000 IL Public Employees Costs Taxpayers
 
Then_News_Gazette
May 22, 2016 07:00 AM

Champaign News-Gazette: Jim Dey: Feds giving auditor taste of his own medicine

What the facts made appear obvious has now been officially confirmed. Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, the state constitutional officer in charge of overseeing state expenditures to make sure everything is in order, is under federal investigation in connection with possible misuse of his campaign funds.
 
2016-05-14_0-20-38
May 21, 2016 01:00 PM

Real Clear Policy: Weekend list

Real Clear Policy Weekend
 
2016-05-21_18-00-52
May 21, 2016 12:04 PM

Real Clear Markets - 'Minimum Wage' of $100k for 50k Illinois Public Employees

Real Clear Markets - 'Minimum Wage' of $100k for 50k Illinois Public Employees
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
May 21, 2016 09:40 AM

Subscriber Special - New 'Minimum Wage' for Public Employees

'Minimum Wage' of $100,000+ for 50,000 Highly Compensated Illinois Public Employees Costs Taxpayers $8.0 Billion
 
Forbes
May 20, 2016 08:15 AM

Forbes - 'Minimum Wage' Of $100,000+ For 50,000 Highly-Compensated Illinois Public Employees Costs Taxpayers $8 Billion

This week, Governor Bruce Rauner (R) told the state public employee union AFSME, “Illinois is broke.” Our data and analysis at OpenTheBooks.com shows he’s right. There are 50,000 public employees earning six-figure salaries who cost Illinois taxpayers $8 billion a year.
 
thumbail_trinity_college
May 17, 2016 10:53 AM

Trinity College: OpenTheBooks.com CEO Adam Andrzejewski Talks About Government Spending

Adam Andrzejewski, CEO of OpenTheBooks.com, gave a talk discussing his organization’s mission during an event hosted by Trinity College, UConn School of Business, and Bradley, Foster & Sargent at The Hartford Club on April 20.
 
2015-10-30_9-05-24
May 16, 2016 10:55 PM

FOX 13 News, Tampa FL: FOX 13 Investigates: Federal PR expenses cost taxpayers billions

An Inspector General report revealed the U.S. State Department spent more than $600,000 driving up 'likes' on Facebook, drawing national attention and criticism from taxpayer watchdogs in 2013. A review of additional records by FOX 13 News revealed other federal public relations expenses that cost taxpayers billions.
 
Daily-Herald1-e1282061071757
May 16, 2016 01:00 AM

Daily Herald: Lavish local spending on surplus military gear

Despite public outcry, new federal data shows that 2014 and 2015 were peak years for shipments of surplus military gear to local police departments across America. In Illinois, local police continued to procure a largesse of military gear.
 
2016-05-14_0-20-38
May 12, 2016 11:04 PM

Real Clear Policy: The Militarization of America’s Police

RealClearPolicy.com covers our report, The Militarization of America’s Police by Adam Andrzejewski, Forbe​
 
2016-05-14_9-43-19
May 12, 2016 08:44 AM

ExecutiveGov - OpenTheBooks: DoD Has Transferred $2B in Surplus Military Gear to Local Police Depts Since 2006

OpenTheBooks, a watchdog group that monitors government spending activities, has found that the Defense Department has transferred approximately $2.2 billion in surplus military equipment to local police departments across the U.S. since 2006.
 
Zero_Hedge
May 11, 2016 06:30 PM

Zero Hedge - The Militarization Of America's Police: Despite Obama Promises, War-Weapon Spending Soared In 2014/15

The militarization of America's police has been a topic of concern for years (most openly since The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013) but reached a crescendo in 2014 amid Ferguson's riots when the average joe was exposed to MRAPs up close and personal.
 
2016-05-14_10-07-23
May 11, 2016 12:53 PM

Reason: Feds Gave $2.2 Billion Worth of Military Gear to Local Police Departments Since 2006

Since 2006, the federal government has supplied local police departments across the U.S. with roughly $2.2 billion in military equipment, including armored vehicles, helicopters, machine guns, and even 5,638 bayonets, according to a newly released report from the pro-government transparency group Open The Books.
 
2016-05-11_13-40-17
May 11, 2016 12:53 PM

In-Military: War Weapons for America's Police Departments

New Data Shows Feds Transfer $2.2B in Military Gear
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
May 11, 2016 09:24 AM

Subscriber Special - War Weapons for America's Local Police

Despite public outcry, new federal data shows that 2014 and 2015 were peak years for shipments of surplus military gear to local police departments across America.
 
Forbes
May 10, 2016 09:56 PM

Forbes - War Weapons For America's Police Departments: New Data Shows Feds Transfer $2.2B In Military Gear

Despite public outcry, new federal data shows that 2014 and 2015 were peak years for shipments of surplus military gear to local police departments across America.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
May 10, 2016 03:12 PM

OpenTheBooks Snapshot Oversight Report - The Militarization of Local Police Departments

The Militarization of America’s Local Police Departments OpenTheBooks Snapshot Oversight Report
 
CA
May 05, 2016 03:43 PM

Cumberland Advisors: More on Illinois Pension Mess

“David, I can’t believe that you put your name on this poisonous bilge. Whatever the problems of the Federal and State tax systems, it’s dangerous nonsense to allow them to be laid at the feet of educators who, in the main, are relatively underpaid.”
 
ABA Jourrnal
May 02, 2016 06:01 PM

American Bar Association (ABA) Journal: 'Uncle Sam, Esq.' employs more than 25,000 lawyers

The federal government employs 25,060 people under the job classification “general attorney,” costing the government $3.3 billion last year.
 
CA
Apr 29, 2016 12:43 PM

Cumberland Advisors: More Revealed in Illinois

New Tool Maps The Unsustainable Illinois Pension System
 
2016-04-29_0-25-37
Apr 28, 2016 09:33 PM

Instapundit: ‘Feds Lawyered Up’…

Federal taxpayers spent $26.2 billion between 2007 and 2014 on more than 25,000 lawyers working for Uncle Sam, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group’s Ethan Barton.
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Apr 28, 2016 04:09 PM

Subscriber Special - "A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns." The Godfather, 1972

We are working hard to show you the vast size, scope and power of government. Today, it's the $26.2 billion dollars spent on Uncle Sam's lawyers...
 
Subscriber_Special_logo
Apr 28, 2016 03:12 PM

OpenTheBooks Snapshot Oversight Report – Lawyered Up

OpenTheBooks Snapshot Oversight Report – Lawyered Up Federal Spending on Attorneys from 2007-2014
 
Forbes
Apr 28, 2016 02:27 PM

Forbes - The Feds Lawyer Up -- 25,060 Lawyers Cost Taxpayers $26.2 Billion since 2007

New counts show the number of federal lawyers now exceed the individual public payrolls of twelve states or the top seven largest private law firms in the USA – combined. It’s Uncle Sam, Esq.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Apr 27, 2016 07:48 PM

The Daily Caller: ‘Pervasive Army’ Of Gov’t Lawyers Hits 25,000 Strong, Costs Staggering $26.2 Billion

A “pervasive army” of more than 25,000 federal lawyers have raked in $26.2 billion from U.S. taxpayers since 2007, according to a new report by the non-profit government watchdog Open The Books.
 
2016-05-03_18-12-23

Stockman's corner: Why Illinois Is A Fiscal Basket Case

New numbers show that the 7,499 ‘highly compensated,’ six-figure school administrator/teacher retirees cost IL taxpayers nearly $1 billion per year. But in just six years, the problem of six-figure pensions will be three-times worse.
 
High_plaines
Apr 25, 2016 08:00 AM

High Plains/Midwest Journal - Grass March moving ahead

It has now been 90 days since the killing of LaVoy Finicum on a desolate Highway in Harney County, Oregon. I still see individuals from around the nation “celebrating” his death with such monikers as “the grass thief got what he deserved.” I, for the life of me, cannot understand the lack of respect for human life I am seeing in this country.
 
Zero_Hedge
Apr 24, 2016 08:00 AM

Zero Hedge - The Chicago Pension Scandal: $100,000+ Teacher Pensions Costing Taxpayers $1 Billion

As we've known for quite some time now, Illinois is completely insolvent, and in large part due to enormous pension liabilities which as of December were underfunded to the tune of $111 billion.
 
Forbes
Apr 22, 2016 08:28 AM

Forbes - Mapping the $100,000+ Illinois Teacher Pensions Costing Taxpayers Nearly $1.0 Billion

New numbers show that the 7,499 ‘highly compensated,’ six-figure school administrator/teacher retirees cost IL taxpayers nearly $1 billion per year. But in just six years, the problem of six-figure pensions will be three-times worse.
 
The_Times
Apr 16, 2016 05:00 PM

The Times: Seemingly small raises, big impact

The other day, an Ottawa resident told me he researches government salaries and notices they increase every year, mentioning the La Salle County government in particular.
 
2016-04-16_18-02-48

Pennlive: Newport's Veterans park project on track in Newport

During Newport Borough Council's April 5 meeting, Frank Campbell reported that the latest phase of the Veterans Memorial Playground construction project is proceeding on schedule.
 
Daily-Herald1-e1282061071757
Apr 15, 2016 01:00 AM

Daily Herald: Guest view: COD Public Records Destruction and The Public Trust

One year ago, on April 13, 2015, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon empaneled a grand jury and subpoenaed College of DuPage records relating to spending, personnel, reimbursement, and "emails sent or received by the president, trustees, and senior management personnel" from Jan. 1, 2009, to the present. Unfortunately, we've now learned the feds won't be getting many of the emails, because college administrators destroyed them.
 
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Apr 02, 2016 09:55 AM

Subscriber Special - The 'Pension Palace' for Illinois Lawmakers

THE 'PENSION PALACE' FOR ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS
 
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Mar 31, 2016 11:37 PM

Forbes - The 'Pension Palace' for Illinois Lawmakers 2016

Nobody knows how to game the system for personal gain like an Illinois lawmaker. The political class voted themselves hundreds of millions of dollars in lifetime pension payouts. It’s time end their ‘pension palace.’
 
2016-03-30_18-23-05

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff: Lake Forest City Manager Makes Forbes' List of State 'Big Dogs'

The magazine found that 72 of Illinois' small-town city and village managers earn more than all 50 state governors.
 
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Mar 29, 2016 01:00 AM

Reboot Illinois: These 10 Illinois City Managers Make More Than any U.S. Governor

New report spotlights the generous, pensionable salaries of Illinois city managers
 
Forbes
Mar 28, 2016 10:14 AM

Forbes - The 'Big Dogs' Of Illinois Municipal Government 2016

At OpenTheBooks.com, we have completed our annual ‘Big Dogs’ salary report of municipal government. The results are most jaw-dropping ever…
 
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Mar 21, 2016 10:57 AM

Subscriber Special - California Hides Checkbook Spending

OPEN THE BOOKS ON THE CALIFORNIA STATE CHECKBOOK
 
2016-03-21_11-47-49

Real Clear Politics: Open The Books on the California State Checkbook

It's national Sunshine Week across America. During this week, good-government groups advocate for open government and transparency in public spending. One massive area that remains hidden is the California state checkbook.
 
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Mar 16, 2016 11:57 AM

Subscriber Special - Where's Florida Sunshine on Pensions?

PUBLIC SUNSHINE BADLY NEEDED ON FLORIDA PENSIONS
 
2016-03-16_9-11-53

SunSentinel: Public pension sunshine badly needed in Florida

What has an estimated $22 billion unfunded taxpayer liability, pays out more than $3.74 billion in "management fees" every 10 years, and costs taxpayers more money annually than the budgets of 13 states? Answer: Florida's public pension systems.
 
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Mar 15, 2016 11:57 AM

Subscriber Special - Super Sunshine - Opening Federal Pensions

OPEN THE BOOKS ON FEDERAL PENSIONS
 
TheHill
Mar 15, 2016 11:00 AM

The Hill: Open the books on federal pensions

What has a three-quarter billion-dollar unfunded liability, is manually calculated on paper inside a Pennsylvania mountain, and costs taxpayers more money annually than the entire state budget of Florida? Answer: Federal employee pensions.
 
2016-03-03_20-51-07

Techwire: California Needs Better Open Data on State Government Spending, Lawmakers Say

California lawmakers this week called for more transparency in state government, noting the federal government, local entities and other states have implemented open data initiatives that provide detailed accountability of how public money is spent.
 
2016-03-08_13-53-10

Atlas Network:Federal Government Spends Millions on Public Relations Campaigns

The idealized view of government as dedicated public servants, working steadily and carefully to advance the public good, has never been true. Politicians and bureaucrats are just as self-interested as anybody else, and public choice economics provides the analytical tools to understand how public-sector selfishness works in practice.
 
2016-03-02_7-59-01

PR Daily: New federal audit probes ‘PR and propaganda’ spending

All they wanted to do is refine their agency’s messaging. A simple plan by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to hire Edelman, a private PR firm, is now making headlines.
 
2016-03-02_8-44-31

The Argus Observer: Time to ask EPA some hard questions

Remember the Gold King mine spill in Colorado last August? Probably not. It was big news at the time, with pictures of people kayaking in the state’s Animas River, which had turned a kind of sickly yellow from a flood of toxic waste water accidentally dumped into it by the Environmental Protection Agency.​
 
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Feb 29, 2016 11:11 AM

Forbes: Is America Sliding Toward Socialism?

Even after the crushing defeat of the self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders in the South Carolina Democratic primary, the march toward socialism in America will continue. This movement begs the question: What exactly is the federal government doing so well that warrants this push to expand its size and scope?
 
2016-02-26_9-19-48

NY Daily News: U.S. government is also protecting its ‘brand name’ in Apple vs. FBI battle over locked iPhone

In the ongoing legal tussle between the world's most admired tech brand and the world's largest law enforcement agency, the Justice Department is quoted as saying that the tech giant's refusal to cooperate "appears to be based on its concern for its business model and public brand marketing strategy."​
 
2016-02-24_10-41-24

Action News Jax, Washington,D.C. Tax dollars paying billions for high-paid public relations professiona

An average salary of more than a $100,000 a year can be found in the federal government.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Feb 23, 2016 03:53 PM

The Daily Caller: Gun Control? Not For This EPA Agent Who Left Gun In Bathroom

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agent mistakenly left a gun in a restroom stall in the agency’s headquarters, according to a Freedom of Information Act request from Environment & Energy Publishing’s Greenwire published Monday.
 
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Feb 23, 2016 07:00 AM

Forbes: An Illinois County Clerk Unilaterally Levies Millions Of Dollars In Extra Property Taxes

In one of America’s most wealthy counties, DuPage County Clerk Paul Hinds is levying an extra 1% property tax for “loss” related to delinquent real estate taxes – potentially $65 million over ten years. But, county records show very few losses.
 
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Feb 22, 2016 11:00 AM

Subscriber Special - U.S. Senate Oversight - $4.4B in PR Spending

"We have taxpayer dollars being spent to convince taxpayers to spend more taxpayer dollars on the growth of government."
 
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Feb 20, 2016 10:19 AM

Subscriber Special - DuPage County's 'Legalized' Property Tax Scheme

Some government 'schemes' are perfectly legal - and that's the scandal. Other schemes we identify are not legal, and we help stop them. If this one is legal, it shouldn't be.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Feb 17, 2016 12:05 AM

The Daily Caller: Six Fed-Funded Non-Profits Are ‘Scandals Waiting To Happen’

Six obscure nonprofits funded almost entirely by federal taxpayers in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that recruits technically skilled seniors for cheap labor are “scandals waiting to happen,” according to an expert on advocacy groups.
 
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Feb 16, 2016 12:31 PM

WSB - TV - Billions in taxpayer money spent on government promotion

WASHINGTON — Taxpayers are footing the bill for billions of dollars of highly paid public relations pros working for the federal government.
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Feb 15, 2016 12:28 PM

The Washington Times - The EPA’s toxic tailings

Probably not. It was big news at the time, with pictures of people kayaking in the state’s Animas River, which had turned a kind of sickly yellow from a flood of toxic waste water accidentally dumped into it by the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
2016-02-15_10-32-25

The State Journal-Register: Illinois' new auditor general questioned about campaign expenses

Frank Mautino is off to a rocky start as Illinois auditor general. Not long after the former Democratic state representative from Spring Valley and House deputy majority leader took office Jan. 1, he was faced with questions about his use of campaign funds.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Feb 10, 2016 10:57 PM

The Daily Caller: EPA Uses Elderly Engineers For Cheap Labor

An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program spends hundreds of millions of tax dollars every year to recruit and hire talented and highly-experienced senior citizens to work for cheap pay.
 
Then_News_Gazette
Feb 07, 2016 07:00 AM

The News Gazette: Jim Dey: Mautino under fire

When Frank Mautino, the state's new auditor general, walked into the Illinois House chamber last month to watch Gov. Bruce Rauner deliver his State of the State address, his former Democratic legislative colleagues cheered lavishly.
 
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Jan 27, 2016 01:29 PM

Subscriber Special - In Illinois, our Number One manufactured product is corruption.

Illinois has a corruption crisis. The people deserve an Auditor General that has integrity. In Illinois, this 'integrity' must be proven.
 
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Jan 27, 2016 11:04 AM

Daily Herald: Guest view: New auditor general must step down

After Illinois Auditor General William Holland retired last fall, three years into his third 10-year term, the General Assembly appointed State Rep. Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, as his replacement. ​
 
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Jan 22, 2016 04:57 PM

Forbes: Is New Auditor General Frank Mautino The Next Illinois Corruption Crisis?

After Illinois Auditor General William Holland retired last fall, three years into his third ten-year term, the General Assembly appointed state representative Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) as his replacement. Mautino, the former Deputy Leader in the general assembly, was the anointed pick of powerful House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-Chicago).
 
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Jan 18, 2016 09:12 AM

Subscriber Special - Our Moment in South Carolina

WHAT ON GOD'S GREEN EARTH IS GOING ON AROUND HERE?
 
2016-01-13_12-32-28

Myrtle Beach Online: Are all SBA loans in Myrtle Beach area justified?

What do some top Myrtle Beach hotels, campgrounds, family entertainment venues, and several serial Myrtle Beach entrepreneurs all have in common? They were the beneficiaries of taxpayer subsidized SBA lending practices since 2007.
 
2016-01-12_11-44-23

KTRH News Radio: Data: Govt Buying Body Armor for EPA, FDA

While the debate continues over the militarization of local police, federal data shows our government spent hundreds of millions on equipment for its own employees.
 
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Jan 08, 2016 10:42 AM

Subscriber Special - $400 million in Body Armor for Fed Agencies

Do the 'zoo police' under the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC really need body armor?
 
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Jan 07, 2016 08:00 PM

Washington Times: EPA, FDA stocking up on body armor during President Obama’s watch

As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.
 
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Jan 07, 2016 08:00 PM

Washington Times: Feds spending millions to arm agencies that don’t need guns

As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.
 
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Jan 07, 2016 08:00 PM

Washington Times: EPA, FDA stocking up on body armor during President Obama’s watch

As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Jan 05, 2016 10:47 PM

The Daily Caller: Mystery Cloaks Gold King Mine Spill As Contractor Hides Behind EPA

It’s been more than five months since the Colorado Gold King Mine spill turned rivers and streams in the American West into toxic yellow torrents, but who caused it remains a mystery due to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contractor’s dubious claim it can’t legally discuss the disaster.
 
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Jan 05, 2016 01:00 PM

Belleville News-Democrat - Time to wake up and vote out career politicians

Less than12 percent of the people voted in the last election in St. Clair County. That’s why this county and state are in trouble. Madigan, Cullerton, Hoffman and Clayborne are perfect examples of career politicians whose interest is not in representing the people and doing what’s best for the state, but in furthering their own agenda.
 
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Dec 31, 2015 10:57 AM

Subscriber Special - It's Your Money - Open Data, Oversight and You

It's fast becoming the rallying cry for aggressive financial transparency across America. The results aren't pretty...
 
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Dec 28, 2015 11:57 AM

Subscriber Special - Forbes study uses OpenTheBooks data

Forbes study uses OpenTheBooks data
 
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Dec 28, 2015 11:57 AM

Subscriber Special - Forbes study uses OpenTheBooks data

Forbes study uses OpenTheBooks data
 
2016-01-08_15-24-53

Higher Education Tribune: Many politicians across party lines turn a blind eye to College of DuPage scandal

With the College of DuPage (COD) shrouded in controversy of late, the Illinois' delegation to Washington D.C. has been all but silent on the biggest active scandal in higher education in Illinois, which involves allegations of unethical behavior and fraud.
 
2015-12-18_12-17-13

The Orange County Register: Like Mad Men, government-style

Our federal government is a master of self-promotion, comprising the second-largest public relations firm in the world, according to a new report from Open the Books, a project of the nonprofit group American Transparency, which has developed an app to track federal and state spending.
 
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Dec 18, 2015 11:57 AM

Subscriber Special - EPA Funnels Half Billion Dollars to Colleges

"In the past 10 years, the EPA Office of Inspector General has not conducted any reviews of grants awarded to colleges and universities."
 
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The Charlotte Observer: NC charter school group: Reporting salaries is burdensome

N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools advises members on avoiding a national request for salaries​
 
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Liberty Blitzkrieg: New Study Shows How the U.S. Government is the “2nd Largest PR Firm in the World”

Open the Books is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization focused on providing transparency in government. I’ve highlighted their work in the past, most recently related to how the EPA wasted $92.5 million of taxpayer money on high-end, luxury furniture over the past decade. Their latest report is even more disturbing.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Dec 17, 2015 01:32 AM

The Daily Caller: EPA Awards $542M To Colleges That Watchdog Never Audits

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials gave $542 million to colleges and universities in grants to study everything from pollution caused by backyard grilling to hotel shower use, but those funds have never been audited by a government watchdog.
 
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Dec 15, 2015 01:57 PM

Subscriber Special - Welcome to 2nd Largest PR firm - The U.S. Govt

IT'S YOUR MONEY - PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." Thomas Jefferson
 
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Dec 14, 2015 08:17 AM

Forbes: Meet The 2nd Largest PR Firm In The World: The U.S. Government

In 2013, then-U.S. Senator Tom Coburn criticized the then Hillary Clinton-led State Department for spending $630,000 to convince taxpayers to “like” the State Department on Facebook. The State Department argued it was informing the world of its activities. Coburn wasn’t impressed. He argued the Department was simply promoting itself, rather than the best interests of the United States or its taxpayers.​
 
2015-12-14_13-17-52

International Business Time: Transparent? Government Spending Billions On PR Machine That Blocks Access to Public Information

Though President Barack Obama has said he created “the most transparent administration in history,” evidence contradicting that narrative has piled up.
 
2015-12-21_21-03-38

PR Week, Washington: Nonprofit puts a price tag on federal PR activity

WASHINGTON: One nonprofit is criticizing the federal government’s use of external PR firms, which has jumped over the past seven years.
 
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Dec 09, 2015 01:13 PM

New York Observer News: SHOCKER: US Govt Spent $4.34 Billion on Outside PR in Last Seven Years

In a few days, the Observer will release the PR Power List, our annual ranking of the 50 most influential public relations firms in the country. It’s a comprehensive and thoughtful list that takes us all year to prepare and we come at the industry from every angle. But one thing we haven’t considered is a bizarre fact revealed by a stunning new document: the second-largest PR in the world is the United States government.
 
Breitbart
Dec 09, 2015 12:00 PM

Breitbart: Your Government Spends Billions Convincing You to Let It Spend More of Your Money

“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical,” Thomas Jefferson proposed.
 
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Dec 08, 2015 02:00 PM

Subscriber Special - Breaking news: $4.3 Billion in Feds 'PR' Spending

"Federal agencies don't have a right to spend $4.34 billion of taxpayer money on self-promotion campaigns." ​
 
TheHill
Dec 08, 2015 06:00 AM

The Hill: Feds shelling out billions to public relations firms

The federal government has spent almost $4 billion on public relations services since 2007, according to a watchdog group, with more than half of the money going to the world’s largest firms.
 
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Dec 07, 2015 10:00 PM

Washington Times: Federal agencies spend billions on self-promotion

The federal government for years has been using Americans’ tax dollars to pay for its own PR through carefully coordinated marketing campaigns, to the tune of billions of dollars.
 
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Dec 07, 2015 06:15 PM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report – The Department of Self-Promotion, Federal Public Relations

How Federal Agency PR Spending Advances Their Interests Rather Than the Public Interest
 
Forbes
Dec 07, 2015 10:00 AM

Forbes -The EPA's Budget Deniers

Recently, our organization, American Transparency, released a comprehensive oversight report on EPA agency spending from FY2000-FY2014. As a result, the EPA faced tough questions from reporters regarding expenditures such as $6.4 million on military-style weaponry, $92 million on high-end furniture costs, $170 million on public relations, $715 million spent on the Criminal Enforcement Program, $1 billion on their Senior Employment Program, and $1.2 billion on 1,020 staff lawyers.
 
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Dec 05, 2015 10:33 AM

Subscriber Special – The EPA'S Budget Deniers

Spin, obfuscation, misinformation and opacity regarding the agencies expenditures invites further scrutiny. ​
 
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Dec 04, 2015 05:33 AM

Forbes:10 Reasons Illinois Bureaucrats (And Their Friends) Are Thankful Today

In Illinois, and many states, it sometimes feels like if anything happens for the good of the people, it’s entirely by accident. On Thanksgiving Day 2015, here are ten reasons why the bureaucrats – and their connected friends in both parties – are loving life.
 
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Dec 03, 2015 04:33 PM

Subscriber Special – IL Bureaucrats Have A Lot to Be Thankful For

On Thanksgiving, there's Always a Reason to be Thankful - even if the reason is... that you're not from Illinois.
 
2015-12-02_22-42-17

The Blaze: Five Reasons the EPA Should Scare the Heck Out of You

Few people realize just how massive and powerful the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is. Unlike any other government organization in American history, EPA influences policy in virtually every part of the nation, and it even has significant control over how individuals manage their own property.​
 
2015-12-02_12-49-46

Hypeline: EPA Spokespersons Exposed as Budget Deniers

Open the Books just released a comprehensive report on the EPA’s spending habits since 2000. When asked about the report, EPA spokespersons were thrown for a loop and exposed as budget deniers.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Nov 23, 2015 03:43 PM

The Daily Caller: Obama’s EPA Spending MILLIONS Overseas

President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has doled out nearly $25 million to foreign nations and entities — including many countries with terrible environmental track records through 135 separate grants.
 
Breitbart
Nov 20, 2015 12:00 PM

Breitbart: Watchdog: State Department $36.5 Million Spent Polling Citizens of Foreign Nations

The State Department spent nearly $36.5 million polling the attitudes of citizens in foreign nations from 2007-2014, according to data compiled by the watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.
 
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Nov 20, 2015 11:52 AM

Subscriber Special – "I don't want to pay for this. Have the government pay for it." Anonymous

"I don't want to pay for this. Have the government pay for it." Anonymous
 
TheWashingtonTimes
Nov 19, 2015 12:28 PM

The Washington Times - State Department spent $36.5 million polling foreigners’ opinions

Would you spend money to find out what people in Spain think about their medical insurance or what people in Austria think about their government? That’s exactly what the federal government has been doing, using millions of Americans’ tax dollars.
 
2015-11-17_17-44-47

Congressional Press release, Washington, D.C.: Reps. Brat and Moulton Release Bipartisan Bill to Increase Government Transparency

Congressmen Dave Brat (R-Va.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) introduced yesterday H.R. 4006, the Statutes at Large Modernization Act, which would put the United States Statutes at Large online in a digital and searchable format.
 
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Nov 17, 2015 04:00 PM

Heartland: Report: Environmental Protection Agency Is Well-Armed and Anti-Business

A newly released audit of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Illinois-based watchdog organization Open the Books discovered hundreds of millions of dollars of questionable expenses, including high-end luxury furnishings, sports equipment, ongoing paramilitary purchases totaling $715 million for arming and training “Special Agents,” and on data mining and equipment enabling the agency to snoop on industry and prepare deadly force raids to enforce EPA regulations.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Nov 12, 2015 11:01 PM

The Daily Caller: Yellow River: EPA Forced Secrecy On Gold King Mine Spill Firm

Environmental Protection Agency officials require contractors to sign secrecy pledges that in the case of the Gold King Mine spill kept the public in the dark earlier this year about a Colorado mining disaster that turned waters yellow as they flowed through two states and the Navajo Nation.
 
The_Daily_Caller
Nov 12, 2015 12:07 AM

The Daily Caller: Gold King Mine Spill Contractor Cashed In After The Disaster

Environmental Protection Agency officials awarded nearly $2.7 million in contract enhancements to Environmental Restoration LLC after the firm was involved in the Colorado Gold King Mine disaster that dumped three million gallons of yellow wastewater into a drinking water source for people in three states and the Navajo Nation.
 
Forbes
Nov 09, 2015 04:00 PM

Forbes - Open The Books On The EPA And We Find Appalling Waste

The last several months have been bad ones for the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
The_Times
Nov 06, 2015 01:35 PM

The Times, Ottawa, IL: 'Hands tied' on official's pay

The La Salle County Board this week granted a $2,500 raise for the head of a veterans agency, but a few members spoke out against it.
 
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Nov 04, 2015 12:00 PM

Subscriber Special – Media Matters vs. FOX News – EPA Weapons

Guns and ammunition up to 300MM, offensive/defensive Radiated Electromagnetic systems, Infrared Security Systems, Body Armor, Personal Armor...
 
2015-11-04_11-44-01

Holland Sentinel, Holland, MI: Bob Ashby: Are Americans ready to preserve the rule of law?

There are a myriad of problems facing this nation that demand clear visions and solutions. There is, however, one principle each and every one of the presidential candidates should be forced to address. It was introduced to the world for the first time by the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution — the rule of law rather than rule by a privileged, powerful or supposedly “enlightened” administrative state.
 
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Nov 02, 2015 12:35 PM

FOX and Friends, FOX News, New York City: Tucker Carlson and Erick Erickson – Arming the EPA

The federal government spending more than $1 million to arm the Environmental Protection Agency with weapons, many of them military grade. Why does the EPA need guns and ammo and body armor to protect the environment?
 
2015-11-02_20-27-24

Americans for Tax Reform: Colorado Mine Spill Raises Questions about EPA Spending

In August, the EPA attempted to clean up the abandoned Gold King Mine in Colorado. During the process, however, the mine leaked, causing 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater to spill into the nearby Animas River, which flows into New Mexico. The waste contained large amounts of heavy metals like lead and arsenic that are dangerous to human health. The spill was so bad that the La Plata county, Navajo Nation, and New Mexico declared a state of emergency.
 
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Media Matters, Washington, D.C.: Fox's Carlson And Erickson: The Obama Administration "Want[s] To Take Away Our Guns" And "Arm The Government Instead"

The federal government spending more than $1 million to arm the Environmental Protection Agency with weapons, many of them military grade. Why does the EPA need guns and ammo and body armor to protect the environment? That's an interesting question.
 
2015-11-01_21-16-28

Hot Air: What did the EPA need with $1.4M worth of guns?

A new wrinkle pops up in the long, strange tale of the management of the Environmental Protection Agency this week. It stems from an audit of the department’s spending conducted by Open the Books, a nonprofit outfit pushing for more transparency in the federal government. This comes on the heels of previous revelations, such as the discovery that the EPA had run up a $92M tab for designer furniture recently. But this one is even more curious.
 
2015-10-30_9-05-24

FOX 13 News, Tampa FL: Fortune 100 companies getting taxpayer-backed loans

SBA loans are supposed to help mom-and-pop businesses grow. The taxpayer-backed loans offer reduced rates for companies that may have trouble getting traditional loans. But the watchdog groups OpenTheBooks.com and American Transparency tracked these SBA loans flowing into large successful companies and organizations that cater to the rich.What do you think?
 
The_Times
Oct 28, 2015 08:55 PM

The Times: Want local officials' salary info? Look online

If you want to find out how much a specific employee for the city of Ottawa makes, you don't have to seek that information from City Hall.
 
2015-10-02_21-30-03

The Heartland Institute: Heartland Daily Podcast – Adam Andrzejewski: Weapons, Ammo, & Armor – Opening the EPA’s Books

In today’s edition of The Heartland Daily Podcast, Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com joins Environment & Climate News managing editor H. Sterling Burnett to discuss the new oversight report on the spending of the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
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Oct 26, 2015 03:28 PM

Washington Times: Environmental Protection Army?

Even those of us who have worked in Washington for many years and become accustomed to the inner workings of government can still be amazed by what lurks behind the curtain sometimes. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
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Oct 26, 2015 05:33 AM

Forbes: The “Big Dogs” of Illinois Municipal Government

At OpenTheBooks.com, we have completed our annual "Big Dogs" salary report of IL municipal Government. The results are the most stunning ever...
 
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Oct 22, 2015 04:00 PM

Subscriber Special: The EPA is ready for the fight in ways most taxpayers couldn't have imagined.

Why does the EPA need a a $715 million police force, $170 million PR Machine, a nearly $1 billion employment agency for seniors, and a $1.2 billion in-house law firm?
 
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Forbes: The EPA's 'Climate Change Liberation Army'

Why does the EPA need a $715 million police force, a $170 million PR Machine, a nearly $1 billion employment agency for seniors, and a $1.2 billion in-house law firm?
 
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Oct 20, 2015 08:15 AM

Subscriber Special: Resolution to Terminate the Employment of the College President Special Board Meeting

Never under-estimate what a small group of commented citizens can do to bring reform!
 
The_Times
Oct 19, 2015 12:12 AM

The Times - Officials: McLean saved, so can La Salle

La Salle County should look to McLean County's example for a way to save taxpayers' money, a couple of County Board members say.
 
Human_Events

Human Events: Inside the EPA: Military weapons, Designer Desks…and Nukes?

A congressional committee will investigate reports that the Environmental Protection Agency wasted billions of dollars, including an effort to create its own militia with a prosecution arm to mirror the FBI’s.
 
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Oct 17, 2015 07:00 AM

Imperial Valley News - Focus on 'the government's wasteful' spending habits

Washington, DC - At a time when the National Debt is so obviously out of control, two recent reports put a new spotlight on "the government's blatant, wasteful" spending habits, according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens.
 
Watchdog
Oct 16, 2015 10:00 AM

Watchdog: Inside the EPA: Military weapons, designer desks…and nukes?

A congressional committee will investigate reports that the Environmental Protection Agency wasted billions of dollars, including an effort to create its own militia with a prosecution arm to mirror the FBI’s.
 
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Oct 14, 2015 04:15 PM

FOX News - Special Report with Bret Baier: EPA’s $160 Million PR Machine

Why Does the EPA Need 198 Public Affairs Officers plus millions of dollars in outside PR Spin?
 
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Forbes: Pulling Down State Credit Ratings

BACK IN THE 1980s a man who sat on the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission told a story about a Christmas ham he’d received from a local cemetery, Forest Lawn.
 
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Oct 13, 2015 11:10 AM

Fox Business: WFB’s Liz Harrington on the EPA’s $160 Million Spin Operation

Washington Free Beacon reporter Liz Harrington appeared on Fox Business’s Varney & Co. on Tuesday to discuss her story on the “$160 million PR machine” run by the Environmental Protection Agency.
 
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Oct 13, 2015 08:15 AM

Subscriber Special: EPA's $160 Million Spin Machine

Last night, Special Report with Bret Baier showcased our OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - U.S. Environmental Agency. Why does a major federal agency have nearly 200 PR staff employees?
 
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The American Spectator: Armed EPA agents? The truth is way out there

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, the FBI agents on Fox’s The X-Files, have been known to draw weapons on aliens, poltergeists, and phantoms. But they have an excuse — they’re fictional characters in a network TV drama, coming back on-the-air soon after a long hiatus. Not so the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPAs) own, real-life agents. They are packing pistols and even heavier firepower to catch the nation’s contributors to global warming and other, mythical phenomena.
 
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Oct 12, 2015 05:00 AM

Free Beacon: Report: EPA ‘Running a $160 Million PR Machine’

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent over $15 million on outside public relations consultants despite employing nearly 200 full-time in house PR workers.
 
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Oct 10, 2015 05:00 PM

Washington Times: EPA spends millions on military-style weapons, watchdog group reports

The Environmental Protection Agency has spent millions of dollars over the last decade on military-style weapons to arm its 200 “special agents” to fight environmental crime.
 
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Oct 10, 2015 08:15 AM

Subscriber Special: Breaking - OpenTheBooks EPA Oversight Report

Why Does the EPA Need Guns, Ammo, and Armor to Protect the Environment?
 
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Personal Liberty: EPA blows millions on PR initiatives, bonuses and randomness

A new report on the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of taxpayer money found that the agency is spending millions of dollars on just about everything but the environment.
 
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Oct 09, 2015 01:11 PM

Watch Our Video – Help Crowdfund the Transparency Revolution!

With the rise of supposed outsider candidates, pundits are calling the coming presidential election a referendum on the establishment.
 
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Oct 09, 2015 07:15 AM

OpenTheBooks Oversight Report - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

“Open the Books is doing the work I envisioned when the Coburn-Obama bill became law. Their innovative app and other tools are putting sunlight through a magnifying glass.” March 11, 2014
 
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Oct 08, 2015 11:40 PM

Investor's Business Daily - Does EPA Need Guns, Ammo And Armor To Protect The Environment?

The Environmental Protection Agency spent millions of dollars over the last decade on guns, ammo, body armor, camouflage equipment, unmanned aircraft, amphibious assault ships, radar and night-vision gear and other military-style weaponry and surveillance activities, according to a new report by the watchdog group Open the Books.
 
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Oct 07, 2015 11:11 PM

Wall Street Journal Editorial by Tom Coburn, Track Government Waste – There’s an App for That

With the rise of supposed outsider candidates, pundits are calling the coming presidential election a referendum on the establishment.
 
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Oct 07, 2015 07:15 AM

Subscriber Special: Our Wall Street Journal / Coburn Editorial

In today's Wall Street Journal, U.S. Senator Dr. Tom Coburn (retired) recognizes our work in his editorial: for the first time ever in 20 states, from your smartphone, the 'Books are Open.'
 
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Cowen Daily: Ex Oklahoma Senator Fight Over Wasteful Spending

Presidential hopefuls can’t flee from Washington nowadays. Truth be told, no political involvement with all is viewed as an or more.
 
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Megyn Kelly Files: Wait Until You Hear What the ‘Eco-Conscious’ EPA Has Spent Nearly $95 Million on for Its Offices

According to The Washington Times, the EPA has spent $ 94.2 million over the last decade to purchase, rent, install and store office furniture.
 
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Daily Mail: The EPA has spent $92million on office furniture over the past decade, about $6,000 for each of the agency's 15,500 employees

The Environmental Protection Agency spent $92.4 million on purchasing, leasing, renting, storing and moving pieces of upscale office furniture
 
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Oct 01, 2015 12:15 PM

Subscriber Special: Epa Supersizes The Furniture Cost, While Downsizing 2,000 Employees

The EPA spent $92.4 million on mostly upscale furniture purchases and now they're trying to justify it.​
 
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Forbes: The EPA Spends How Much On Office Furniture? Try $92 Million Over The Past Decade

Confronted with our data analysis and hard questions from the Washington Times, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tries to justify $92 million in mostly upscale furniture costs during the past decade.
 
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Liberty Blitzkrieg: How the EPA Spent $92.5 Million of Taxpayer Funds on High-End Furniture

Open the Books is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization laser focused on providing transparency in government. I’ve highlighted their work in the past, but their latest report on inexcusable EPA waste and abuse may be the most outrageous information yet. Specifically, we learn that the EPA spent $92.5 million of taxpayer money on high-end, luxury furniture over the past decade.
 
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Independent Journal: Wait Until You Hear What the ‘Eco-Conscious’ EPA Has Spent Nearly $95 Million on for Its Offices

According to The Washington Times, the EPA has spent $94.2 million over the last decade to purchase, rent, install and store office furniture.
 
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Sep 24, 2015 07:00 PM

Washington Times: EPA’s fondness for high-end furniture costs taxpayers $92 million

The federal agency that has the job of protecting the environment doesn’t seem to have too much concern for trees, at least the ones cut down to make furniture.
 
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Sep 23, 2015 07:26 AM

Remember “the most transparent administration in history”?

A couple of years ago, I wrote in this space about OpenTheBooks.com, then a fledgling project spearheaded by the great Adam Andrzejewski, an Illinois-based businessman who ran for Governor there in 2010. Andrzejewski had the peculiar idea that public money ought to be publicly accountable, that your tax dollars, for examples, shouldn’t get funneled into various slush funds that politicians then use to buy votes or pamper themselves.
 
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Sep 15, 2015 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: Pennsylvania Hellam Township calls the local authorities!

Earlier this week we expanded our data collection efforts in Pennsylvania and here is one interesting response from Hellam Township's (Township Manager: Corina Mann) as we attempted to requested their salary information: "Please know that I have turned your company information over to the local authorities".​
 
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Sep 15, 2015 07:00 AM

The News Gazette: Jim Dey: Of spending questions and frenemies

The shoes keeping dropping at the College of DuPage, the state's largest community college in Glen Ellyn. ​
 
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Sep 11, 2015 07:39 PM

Daily Herald: Records: Berlin won't prosecute illegal meeting on Breuder's COD contract

DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin will take no action on an illegally convened College of DuPage board meeting four years ago that resulted in a contract extension for President Robert Breuder, who is now on leave.
 
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Sep 11, 2015 12:00 PM

Belleville News-Democrat - Guest viewpoint: Time to slap a cap on high property taxes

Illinois’ high property tax is driving the American Dream underground. Citizens are evading crushing property taxes with a new kind of dwelling – the “shouse” or shed/house.
 
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Sep 11, 2015 10:00 AM

Subscriber Special: The Bob Berlin Moment – DuPage County State’s Attorney Could Help Stop $762,000 Retirement Severance at College of DuPage, IL

Illinois’ second biggest reform effort – cleaning up College of DuPage – has quietly taken an unexpected turn. Suddenly, DuPage county state’s attorney Bob Berlin has the chance to show taxpayers exactly where he stands on corruption and profligate spending. It’s an unprecedented opportunity for the obscure prosecutor.
 
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Sep 09, 2015 08:00 PM

Heartland - Ex-Im Bank Improperly Deleted Public Records, Lawsuit Claims

Cause of Action, a nonprofit, nonpartisan government accountability organization, is suing the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) and demanding a congressional investigation into the alleged improper deletion of public records.
 
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Aug 28, 2015 10:43 AM

Forbes - New Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger Close To 'Contempt of Court' According To Federal Judge

Instead of directing court ordered payments to the developmentally disabled, the Illinois comptroller massively funded Planned Parenthood, spent taxpayer dollars on lobbyists, paid thousands of dollars in checks to a political blogger, and used the state plane as her personal taxi.
 
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Aug 25, 2015 11:44 AM

Subscriber Special: THE WONDERFUL LIFE OF BEING A LIFEGUARD IN THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA

"In a city - and nation - that's underwater, it just may be the 'first responder' lifeguards in Newport Beach, CA who are earning their pay."
 
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Aug 07, 2015 01:30 AM

Subscriber Special: Track State Spending on Your Phone

Open The Books App - 1st for federal spending, federal salaries, and local and state salaries in 34,000 units of government across America - soon to add state spending in the TOP 15 Most Populous States.​
 
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Jul 31, 2015 11:53 PM

Forbes - IL Gov. Bruce Rauner Grounded State Airplanes, But Many Public Contractors Are Still Flying High

Contractors hired by previous governor are still billing for chartered airplanes, charging taxpayers up to $286,000 per year, and recruiting out-of-state and out-of-country staff.
 
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Jul 27, 2015 03:04 PM

Subscriber Special: Why Does IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan Refuse to Prosecute Public Corruption?

"Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism." Joe Biden"
 
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Jul 24, 2015 06:24 AM

Premier Broadcasting, Inc. - Hometown Heroes Recognized at Open the Books Event

Adam Andrzejewski told the crowd at the Effingham VFW Post Home Thursday night to continue the fight to hold government accountable, and gave examples at the state and federal level of how those efforts can bear fruit..
 
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Jul 11, 2015 01:11 PM

Suburban Life Media - Report: Watchdog says records may indicate 'pay-to-play' at College of DuPage

A local watchdog group is questioning whether College of DuPage engaged in “pay-to-play” politics in relation to projects funded by the school's $168 million referendum, according to a report from the Daily Herald.
 
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Jul 09, 2015 07:31 AM

Daily Herald: Records: Vendors who supported massive COD borrowing plan got work from school

Vendors who donated tens of thousands of dollars to a group that lobbied for a massive borrowing plan by the College of DuPage were given millions of dollars in work by the school in the years after the ballot question was approved, a review of election and school spending records shows.
 
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Jul 04, 2015 06:30 AM

Subscriber Special: A Personal Reminder today, July 4th

"Veterans and observers note some improvement, but say troubled agency (VA) still struggles with corrupt bureaucracy."
 
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Jul 04, 2015 06:30 AM

Subscriber Special: Why Does IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan Refuse to Prosecute Public Corruption?

"Fighting corruption is not just good governance. It's self-defense. It's patriotism." Joe Biden"
 
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Jul 02, 2015 11:30 AM

Subscriber Special: Time's Up - the feds bank expires

On June 30th, the U.S. Export - Import Bank (Ex-Im) expired. Let's keep it this way.
 
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Jul 02, 2015 05:00 AM

Project Veritas: VA Still “Dysfunctional” with “Unaccountability at Every Level” Say Insiders Caught on Hidden Cam

Here’s our latest undercover video showing that after more than a year of significant public outcry over incredibly long wait times, which in numerous cases resulted in the deaths of veterans, the VA is still failing to meet the basic needs of our veterans. Project Veritas investigative journalists captured on hidden camera a host of VA doctors, staffers, and one top official speaking about the many problems that persist at the VA despite official claims to the contrary.
 
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Jun 29, 2015 12:11 PM

Subscriber Special: "The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that stills carries any reward."

The "Shouse" Movement - How Illinois' High Property Tax is Driving the American Dream Underground
 
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Jun 26, 2015 10:39 PM

The Times - Big raises near retirement: End-of-career teacher salary spikes affect pensions

An Ottawa Township High School District teacher who retired in 2013 saw his pay dramatically increase in his last four years — from $91,968 to $116,107.
 
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Jun 26, 2015 07:53 AM

Forbes - The Anti Ex-Im Odd Couple

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and video journalist James O’Keefe at Project Veritas have both opposed key flaws at the Export – Import Bank. If they can agree, why can’t Congress?
 
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Jun 22, 2015 01:00 AM

Reboot Illinois: Andrzejewski: Home Owners Need A "Time Out" From Relentless Illinois Property Tax Squeeze

Illinois property tax bills push home owners from homes while financing big pensions
 
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Jun 17, 2015 11:39 AM

Conservative HQ- American Transparency Exposes Crony Boondoggle for Ex-Im Insiders

In a report that is truly shocking, even by today’s standards of insider pillaging of the American Treasury, openthebooks.com, a project of American Transparency, has documented how large private banks processed more than $127 billion in Ex-Im supported transactions since 2007, while having an ownership stake in the private bank empowered to trade on the guaranteed loan portfolio of Ex-Im.
 
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Jun 16, 2015 10:41 AM

Subscriber Special: Public Money Used to Mitigate Risk While Privatizing Profits

Should the federal Export - Import Bank (Ex-Im)be reauthorized? Congressional Deadline: June 30th. Today, we give hard oversight to the private banks processing Ex-Im transactions. It's a very profitable, cozy deal for insiders.
 
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Jun 15, 2015 11:39 AM

Forbes - The Export --The Crony Boondoggle For Ex-Im Bank Insiders

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