"Open the Books is doing the work I envisioned...
putting sunlight through a magnifying glass."
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn
Thanks to your support, 2014 has been a spectacular year. Here are some of the highlights...
a pair of union lobbyists receive $1 Million teacher pensions after substitute teaching for One Day DESPITE
a state law designed to stop them? Read more at Forbes.
"house accounts" issued at an Illinois Jr. College whereby tens of thousands of dollars in dinners, gifts, parties, hotels, and alcohol flowed to trustees, the president and senior managers? Read more at Huffington Post
America's Leading Transparency Portal:
1.1 billion lines of government spending added at Open The Books- a triple in record collection. At 1.6 billion lines total, it's the largest private repository of government spending records in the world: disclosed federal spending since 2000, 48/50 state checkbooks, and data on 50,000 local units of government across America.
Special thanks to our Director of Information Technology Craig Mijares
Website traffic quadrupled in 2014:
Unique users at OpenTheBooks.com quadrupled this year. In June alone, during the VA Scandal, over 378,000 citizens generated 1.3 million queries regarding VA salaries/bonuses. Our work was cited in USA Today, The FOX News Channel, Investor's Business Daily, by John Stossel, Rush Limbaugh, Washington Examiner, and local affiliates of ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox across the country.
Federal Transfer™ Oversight Reports:
Our Investigation- An IL Jr College Gone Wild
KEY SPEECHES AND TELEVISION
National Correspondent Kristine Frazio, Sinclair Broadcast Media
Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York, NY
With the national debt nearly $17 trillion, you cannot cut wasteful spending-- if you cannot simply see it.
Happy New Year!
American Transparency | Chairman