CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CNN) â€“ Sarah Palin likes to tell voters around the country about how she â€œput the government checkbook onlineâ€ in Alaska. On Thursday, Palin suggested she would take that same proposal to Washington.
â€œWeâ€™re going to do a few new things also,â€ she said at a rally in Cedar Rapids. â€œFor instance, as Alaskaâ€™s governor, I put the governmentâ€™s checkbook online so that people can see where their moneyâ€™s going. Weâ€™ll bring that kind of transparency, that responsibility, and accountability back. Weâ€™re going to bring that back to D.C.â€
Thereâ€™s just one problem with proposing to put the federal checkbook online â€“ somebodyâ€™s already done it. His name is Barack Obama.
In 2006 and 2007, Obama teamed up with Republican Sen. Tom Coburn to pass the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act, also known as â€œGoogle for Government.â€ The act created a free, searchable web site â€“ USASpending.gov â€” that discloses to the public all federal grants, contracts, loans and insurance payments.