Issa abandons transparency to cover up corporate influence
Bringing his hypocrisy to stunning new levels (again!), Issa slammed the Obama Administration recently for trying to improve disclosure practices
. The Obama Administration proposal would require companies bidding on federal contracts to disclose their recent political contributions. To Issa, the chair of the Oversight Committee, requiring companies who are about to turn a profit on taxpayer dollars to reveal their political activities is a "purely political act." Of course it's exactly the opposite, but this has been Issa's perspective all along: transparency for those he opposes, no disclosure for his friends or himself.
people are still expected to meet high transparency standards. All reporters and citizens should have to publicly disclose their information for tracking purposes
in order to get information from the government. Voting to cut
more than 93% of the budget for federal transparency programs, then criticizing those programs
for not working as well as they should is a natural move for the co-founder of the Transparency Caucus. And after making every excuse in the book
(and then some) when the Bush Administration failed to produce thousands upon thousands of emails (including some involving the leadup to the Iraq War) the Obama Administration should be preserving correspondence sent through the personal email accounts of staff members.
That scorecard paints a pretty clear picture. If you're rich, a corporation, or a Republican, Darrell Issa thinks that what you do with taxpayer money is nobody's business but your own. If you're an average citizen, government agency trying to meet transparency demands without promised resources, or a Democrat, even your personal activities should be subject to review by Issa.
Currently, we don't have any idea where these corporations receiving government contracts are spending this money or who might be benefiting in Washington. Given Issa's track record of questionable benefit from taxpayer dollars and his ongoing refusal to disclose his connections to industry groups and lobbyists, at this rate we may never know -- at least not from his Oversight Committee.