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Subscriber Special: WATCH Our Transparency Revolution

May 10, 2018 09:00 AM
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"The open-government movement is revolutionizing
´╗┐United States public policy."
 
"I've spent 16 years in American politics, but I don't think anything that we've accomplished comes close to
what we're seeing happen in your home state
with OpenTheBooks.com."
 
- Dr. Tom Coburn, former U.S. Senator
Honorary Chairman OpenTheBooks
 
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WATCH THE SPEECH

 
The City Club of Chicago hosted us for a prominent public affairs luncheon and it was a sold-out room of 300 people. Adam Andrzejewski (CEO & Founder of OpenTheBooks.com) delivered his speech, titled "How the Open-Government Movement Is Revolutionizing U.S. Public Policy."
 
Our Honorary Chairman Dr. Tom Coburn, former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, gave the introduction and forecasted 'what's at stake' for our nation.
 
The speech covered many oversight topics including:
 
  • Extreme Illinois lawmaker pensions and fact-checked Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's executive order to end pay-to-play in Chicago.
 
  • Our federal oversight on veterans affairs, federal employee compensation, farm subsidies in urban areas, the SBA, the EPA, and the Ivy League.
 
While Adam was speaking, Fox News published our editorial, breaking our most recent federal oversight report: Where's the Pork?
 
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The federal government doled out 560,771 grants in fiscal year 2016, totaling $583 billion. On average, each grant exceeded $1 million.
 
Research shows pork-barrel spending is bipartisan, as the top 50 grant-receiving districts are represented by 27 democrats and 23 republicans. The top 10 congressional districts are evenly split: 5 democrats and 5 republicans.
 
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It's Your Money! Join the Transparency Revolution!
 
AJessie Fo
Communications Specialist
 
Adam Andrzejewski (say: Angie-eff-ski)
CEO & Founder, OpenTheBooks.com
 
Matthew Tyrmand
Deputy Director at Large
 
 
 

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