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By: Avery Kleinman
Beth Daley Impact Fellow, POGO

Avery Kleinman Avery Kleinman is the Beth Daley Impact Fellow for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Open Government

Authors: Avery Kleinman

Submitted by Adhibitus at: March 29, 2014
Short of divine intervention,trust that collective ethic and moral consciousness will prevail. As Winston Churchill said, "If you find yourself going through hell, just keep going". Keep going POGO.
Submitted by Julieh at: March 29, 2014
I'd like more open access to information
Submitted by RICHARD HICKS at: March 29, 2014
For a more open government, politicians should disclose their daily itineraries and meetings to the public.
Submitted by barbara s at: March 29, 2014
I would like to see a Dept. of the People where they actually read the letters & emails that people send & take their ideas & suggestions to heart.
Submitted by DOOBIE at: March 28, 2014
need to have more god fearing people in this world
Submitted by Mary at: March 27, 2014
This blessed American government can only work if the citizens are God-loving and listen to their consciences.
Submitted by Anonymous at: March 27, 2014
Keep up the good work.....
Submitted by Mama Carla at: March 27, 2014
Go get EM'
Submitted by Gabi at: March 24, 2014
cool
Submitted by VNaminous at: March 21, 2014
Question authorities. Don't take no for an answer.
Submitted by Stephanie S. at: March 20, 2014
Only public donations should be allowed and government officials should be subject to lie detector tests to prove they are being honest.
Submitted by rdkiernan@mindspring.com at: March 19, 2014
Keep up the great work.
Submitted by christina moore at: March 19, 2014
Thank you for a great article
Submitted by linsue715 at: March 19, 2014
Keep up all the good work!
Submitted by Anonymous at: March 19, 2014
never give up on the truth
Submitted by Lilith at: March 18, 2014
Have term limits for the congress--and the Supreme Court, too.
Submitted by Bonfelio at: March 18, 2014
Love POGO, count on your reporting for the TRUTH. Thank you for your good works.
Submitted by Chuck at: March 18, 2014
Keep up the good work.
Submitted by Ceb at: March 18, 2014
We, the people, employ congress members not the other way around.
Submitted by Lewis Lieberman at: March 18, 2014
I hope I win
Submitted by Diane at: March 18, 2014
I'd like to see public financing ONLY -- and the match would be for every donation from a different person, to be limited to $100 donation from each person. That way, the candidate that got the most small donations would get the most matching money. Take that, Koch brothers!
Submitted by Dale at: March 18, 2014
My dissertation is on the federal budget. Would be glad to share my ideas.
Submitted by David Epstein at: March 18, 2014
Term limits! Public funding of campaigns and NO other funding!
Submitted by Leroy at: March 18, 2014
Create a system of public financing for all campaigns for political office. Shut the revolving door between former legislators and hired lobbyists. Require legislators' disclosure of financial investments in any businesses that receive taxpayer monies. Thanks, POGO!
Submitted by Anonymous at: March 18, 2014
reveal donors to election campaigns and lobbying efforts
Submitted by Anonymous at: March 18, 2014
Go to it - show 'em sunshine is for more than skin tanning
Submitted by mikebike1 at: March 18, 2014
you're doing good work.
Submitted by Shiatzu at: March 18, 2014
All Congressmen and Senators should have to work at a regular job for at least 5 years before they can be elected to office. That way they would know what goes goes in in the real world. living in the real world would stop about 3/4 of the B.S. that goes on in Washington.
Submitted by BillyV at: March 18, 2014
If you think 2000-2008 was an American tragedy, you'll quickly recognize a worse approaching US cataclysm if the House, Senate and White House are won by mega-rich funded Republican candidates who are soldiers for the (Koch brothers, et al) army of plutocracy with billions of dollars to be spent for vehemently false propaganda persuading gullible voters they are fighting for “freedom.” “None are so hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free. The truth has been kept from the depth of their minds by masters who rule them with lies.” -Johann von Goethe
Submitted by CP at: March 18, 2014
Candidates for local, state and national office ought live on food stamps for 2 weeks to experience what many of their constituents live with everyday.
Submitted by Leon at: March 18, 2014
Require that all candidates for public office, must pass an IQ test before their name gets added to the ballot.
Submitted by Zoe at: March 18, 2014
POGO
Submitted by Paul B at: March 18, 2014
Immediate disclosure of all campaign contributions via a database accessible to the public for perusal. Get the NSA to set it up, they have the capacity. Then maybe they wouldn't have time to listen to all of our phone calls or read all our e-mails.
Submitted by Pudding at: March 18, 2014
The House of Representatives should not be allowed not to work on the country's business. the senate should not allow put a one filibuster a year.
Submitted by Annie at: March 18, 2014
Thank God we have POGO. We need you.
Submitted by GJC LV at: March 18, 2014
thank you.
Submitted by Charlene at: March 17, 2014
I would change the amount of time you can work in the Congress and the Senate. Four years tops. Also I would require everyone to get some form of a job and the goverment would supplement their income. Nobody gets to sit home and get paid for it.
Submitted by Dericka Buckels at: March 17, 2014
I would say to continue to let people's voices be heard.
Submitted by Andre Francisco at: March 17, 2014
Hello El, I'm not sure why it isn't working on Internet Explorer. Trying opening this site in Firefox or Chrome. Websites often work better in those browsers.
Submitted by citizen will at: March 15, 2014
My suggestion for improvement is to require all politcal candidates to severely limit accepted donations and/or spending to a specified and reasonable limit, that allows candidates who are not rich, to be able to afford to run for office.
Submitted by dreay at: March 15, 2014
Great blog! Thanks for all you do!!
Submitted by El at: March 15, 2014
Why is Internet Explorer blocked ths ebsite from displayig content with security certificate errors
Submitted by Maria Celia at: March 15, 2014
Project Government Oversight is a way to find out the truth. POGO is alert , Watching and giving it's finding.
Submitted by ivanczar at: March 15, 2014
The cowards that allow and approve my government to spy on me without a court order; make a mockery of our Constitution and its sacred Bill Of Rights .This illegal spying is not only a crime but disparages our Founding Fathers and all those who have fought and died believing that America is the exceptional , beacon of justice we claim to be .
Submitted by BIRDMAN at: March 15, 2014
PUBLIC FUNDING OF ELECTIONS AND ALL OTHER MONEY MONEY STAYS OUT.
Submitted by bilibili at: March 15, 2014
Very good article thank you...
Submitted by Lee at: March 14, 2014
I am grateful to live in a country that has the Project on Government Oversight

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