porkbusters.org – good site pursuing Congressional corruption

porkbusters.org – good site pursuing Congressional corruption

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Hey, it looks like the folks at Sunlight Foundation aren't the only folks where community journalists expose suspicious goings on.

Take a look at Porkbusters, which exposes some villainy from a whole different perspective. They're quoted today in the Wall Street Journal:

Yet most Senators clearly have no desire to shine a light on their spending practices, and at least one — perhaps more — has placed a "secret" hold on the legislation. Normally the architects of these holds are exposed within a few legislative days, but with Congress on recess the masked spender has so far evaded capture and public scrutiny.

Porkbusters, a grassroots outfit that fights government waste, found this untransparent move to stymie government transparency a bit rich, and last week launched a campaign to unveil the blocker's identity. It has asked its members to call on their Senators to disavow the hold, and the responses are trickling in. The group, which is tracking the results on its Web site (www.porkbusters.org), still has the pictures of 91 Senators under its "Suspect" list. The nine Senators who have denied placing the hold are now listed as "In the Clear"; they are Senator Coburn, Barack Obama, Mary Landrieu, David Vitter, John McCain, Ron Wyden, Richard Shelby, Jim Inhofe and Jeff Sessions.

If Congress insists on spending like there's no tomorrow, at least the Members could let the voters see what they're spending it on by passing Senator Coburn's reform. Will the real secret Senator please stand up?

For more, check out Glenn Reynolds instapundit, which tipped me off to this.

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