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What the candidates are saying about FOI

The Sunshine Week website created a page entitled: “What the Candidates Are Saying About Open Government and FOI” based on the the Sunshine Week survey responses and analysis of articles, speeches, and debate transcripts that give insight into the candidates’ thoughts on government access to information.

They state: “Only New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards responded, and only Richardson answered all the questions. The remaining four leading major party candidates were re-surveyed following Super Tuesday in February. To date, none has replied”.

They mention Obama’s Senate co-sponsorship of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, which went into effect on New Years Day ’08 with the launch of USAspending.gov, a site that “gives people access to information on government contracts, grants and other awards”.

Speaking of which, USAspending.gov is based on the software that runs Fedspending.org. I’m going to examine both these sites and see how the differ, but so far, the only difference I’m seeing is that USAspending.gov has a lengthy privacy policy which dotgovwatch.com claims is different from their previous warning!

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