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Congressional Transparency Caucus
Posted By:  - 05/04/10

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the official launch of the Congressional Transparency Caucus. Led by Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Mike Quigley (D-IL), the Caucus will serve as a resource for Members of Congress on bipartisan open government initiatives. Their goal is to promote legislation that not only encourages, but requires federal information to be made freely accessible and easily searchable to the American public.

Additionally, our friends at the Sunlight Foundation have created an Advisory Committee to support the mission of the Caucus. They will provide education, information and advice to Members on transparency issues. Check out their new website here.

Unfortunately, a great deal of government spending goes without oversight once the money is out the Treasury's door. We commend Representatives Issa and Quigley for championing this effort and look forward to working with them as they strive for increased transparency and accountability in our federal government.

Call your Representative and ask them to join today!

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Profiles in Taxpayer Advocacy: Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots
Posted By:  - 04/27/10

With Tax Day and the rallies over, many observers wonder what will become of the Tea Party movement. Some say that the Tea Party is just another fad that will pass with time. Others suggest that the Tea Party is a movement with the ability to reshape the political landscape. At least one Tea Party group I know, the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots, does not look like it will become a fad.

The Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots are hosting an event on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA to discuss, "How the Tea Party Movement is More than Just Rallies." You can find all of the details for the event and the Philadelphia Tea Party Patriots here.  The panel of speakers has some nationally recognized names, so it should be worthwhile. If you live in the Glenside area and you are interested in learning about the Tea Party movement, I think you should check it out.

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How Much Trust Do You Have in Government?
Posted By:  - 04/22/10

How much trust do you have in government?  If you're like many Americans, it seems that your trust is plummeting as captured in graphic below, courtesy of the Wall Street Journal

What could government do to regain your trust?

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