Obama Administration Continues To Fight Against Transparency

By: Monday March 17, 2014 8:36 am

Despite promising to be the most transparent administration in history, the administration under President Barack Obama has fought against disclosing public records and sought to slow and restrain the process of releasing records it had to. Another broken promise. An analysis by the Associated Press revealed the lack of transparency which – paired with the [...]

Shadow Lobbying System Exposed

By: Friday February 21, 2014 5:45 am

Corruption is nothing if not resilient. Though official lobbying has faced some token regulation it has been revealed in a must read piece by Lee Fang that there now exists an entire shadow lobbying system that dwarfs the official one. Lobbyists are deregistering but not really stopping their lobbying work. While the number of official [...]

Obama Admin Claims To Support Cellphone Unlocking But TPP Leak Shows Opposite

By: Friday November 22, 2013 7:25 am

When you buy something from someone you own it, right? Not if President Obama has his way on cellphones. And by his way, I mean the telecom monopolies that pull his strings’ way. Cellphone unlocking, which allows owners to alter the phone they purchased and use it with other carriers should they so desire, is [...]

Former NSA Director Equates Transparency Activists With Al Qaeda

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 9:44 am

Former NSA Director General Michael Hayden has made a stunning declaration sure to further poison relations between the so-called intelligence community and the public. Hayden has claimed that transparency activists are the equivalent of Al Qaeda – mocking both the victims of 9/11 and the First Amendment. The former director of the National Security Agency [...]

Obama Administration Failing To Meet Transparency Pledge With FOIA Requests

By: Tuesday July 16, 2013 5:40 am

In an age of intense government secrecy one of a citizen’s few tools to gain access to government information is the Freedom of Information Act passed in 1966. But it seems the Obama Administration, despite promises of historic transparency, is not reasonably complying with FOIA requests. Bloomberg News last year asked for the details of [...]

An Open Letter To The Secret Service Regarding The Aaron Swartz File

By: Friday June 21, 2013 10:44 am

Dear Secret Service, Greetings. My name is Daniel Wright and my requester number is 20130429. I write you to express my dismay in how the Secret Service’s FOIA office has conducted itself in regards to my request for the Secret Service files on Aaron Swartz. A formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [...]

Obama Administration Officials Using Secret Email Accounts

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 8:00 am

As the Obama Administration is caught seizing everyone’s phone records it seems scrutiny is only for outsiders. The Associated Press is reporting that officials within the Obama Administration are using secret email accounts making it more difficult for reporters to know where to request public information. Some of President Barack Obama‚Äôs political appointees are using [...]

Insider Trading By Congress Now Obama’s Legacy

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 7:31 am

As was reported yesterday, President Obama signed a law gutting insider trading regulations on Congress. An incredible act when one considers the 2008 campaign platform of Barack Obama to roll back the influence of lobbyists and “change Washington” by bringing transparency to the federal government. By signing this law Obama has done incredible damage to [...]

U.S. Government Censoring More Public Records

By: Monday March 11, 2013 9:08 am

The Obama Administration, that came to power with the promise of historic transparency, has reversed course and begun censoring more public records than at any time since President Barack Obama took office. The U.S. government, led by the Pentagon and CIA, censored or withheld for reasons of national security the files that the public requested [...]

Obama Donors Getting Lots of Face Time in Fiscal Slope Meetings

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 10:00 am

The President and senior Administration officials have met with lots and lots of people about the fiscal slope in the wake of the election. Everyone, in fact, but most of the House Republican deciders who will determine the bulk of the deal. But as it turns out, many of the meeting attendees included Obama campaign [...]

Dem Senators Plan Quixotic All-Nighter for DISCLOSE Act

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 8:40 am

On Monday, the Senate will vote – and fail – on a measure to increase transparency in campaign finance. The DISCLOSE Act, which was fashioned in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling but which failed to become law by one vote in 2010, would require large organizations spending over $10,000 on any activities [...]