Ohio’s expenditures now online thanks to Treasurer Josh Mandel

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  Ohio, Transparency, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel has increased transparency by making all public expenditures available on OhioCheckbook.com.

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High security: Guarding Christie costs 5 times more than Walker

By   /  April 30, 2015  /  New Jersey, News, Open Records, Politics & Elections, Transparency, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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New Jersey’s Chris Christie and Scott Walker of Wisconsin are two governors with presidential aspirations. On their frequent journeys, they are guarded by security details of state police troopers. One big difference: The travel expenses of Christie’s crew were five times higher than those of Walker’s team last year.

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Gun Sense Vermont and Bloomberg’s Everytown spend big but still lose gun fight

By   /  April 28, 2015  /  Lobbying, News, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Gun control groups including Gun Sense Vermont and Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety blew big bucks on anti-gun legislation in Vermont in recent months but have little to show for it.

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County’s fiscal watchdog sues county and police department to get access

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, Finances, Government Waste, Local Government, Local News, Misuse of funds, News, Pennsylvania, Politics & Elections, Transparency, Wasteful spending  /  No Comments

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Police in Allegheny County say there’s no need for an auditor to keep tabs on how they’re spending the public’s money.
While she’s confident she has that authority, a judge will now decide.

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Close enough for government work: This town reveals the problem with family and politics

By   /  April 23, 2015  /  Commentary, Ethics, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Power Abuse, Transparency  /  No Comments

SECRETIVE ABOUT SALARIES: Throop officials tried to keep salary records under wraps, but the state Office of Open Records ruled against the borough.

Watchdog.org was able to muster the resources to see the project through — including lawyers familiar with the ins and outs of open-records laws, the money to pay them and a reporter who simply refused to give up. But it shouldn’t take determined reporters, skillful lawyers and months of back-and-forth to get the public basic information about how their government works.

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Judicial department denies records of justices’ work habits

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  Accountability, Colorado, Judiciary, News, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The Colorado Judicial Branch has refused to disclose information about the work schedule of the chief justice and other employees after Watchdog.org documented some top judicial officials were paid additional public money to teach on state time.

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