Court orders Gov. Christie to reveal air travel records, not hotel bills

By   /  October 27, 2014  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Gov. Chris Christie’s hide-and-seek game over his state travel expense records continued with mixed results last week in Mercer County Superior Court.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson ordered the governor’s office to provide documentation of air travel expenses, including costs and itineraries. She awarded legal fees to a New Jersey Watchdog reporter and instructed [...]

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Secret gopher map reveals Washington agency’s power

By   /  October 23, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Open Records, State Government, Transparency, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

A secret Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife map obtained by Watchdog Wire purports to show locations of the newly federally protected pocket gopher.

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Stimulus award to Denver Post’s $50K bike tour goes unreported

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Colorado, Federal Stimulus, Journalism, Open Records, State Government, Stimulus, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

"Pedal the Plains" promotional video

The Denver Post’s inaugural 2012 “Pedal the Plains” bicycle tour may have received $50,000 in Stimulus funds from Gov. Hickenlooper, unreported by the paper.

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Maryland health care exchange keeps documents secret

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Health Care, Maryland, Open Records, Politics, State Government, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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The state health care exchange is using the disclosure clause the Maryland Public Information Act to justify its own secrecy regarding its documents.

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Christie staff caught misleading NJ court in travel records dispute

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Ethics, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Power Abuse  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Mykwain Gainey

 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
What happens when Gov. Chris Christie’s staff is caught lying to a New Jersey court about the existence of public records?
That legal bombshell may explode in Mercer County Superior Court this week in the governor’s battle with a New Jersey Watchdog reporter over travel expense accounts.
Documents surfaced that directly [...]

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IRS audit reveals leaks of taxpayers’ private information

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Accountability, Federal Government, Finances, IRS, National, News, Open Records  /  No Comments

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More bad news from the IRS.

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