ByÂ Matthew Boyle – The Daily Caller
Through his Crossroads GPS organization, former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove rolled out a new document-sharing website similar to Wikileaks on Wednesday calledÂ Wikicountability. Crossroads spokesman Jonathan Collegio told The Daily Caller the websiteâ€™s goal is to provide a one-stop place for access to Obama administration documents, both ones that are already public and those received through Freedom ofInformation Act (FOIA) requests.
â€œThe goal of Wikicountability is to shed light on the practices and decision-making processes of bureaucrats in the Obama administration as they spend taxpayersâ€™ money,â€ Collegio said.
Like Wikileaks, Collegio said Wikicountabilityâ€™s goal is to provide information from which the public and the media can draw their own conclusions, instead of the Wikicountability doing it for them. Unlike Wikileaks, though, Collegio said only legally obtained documents and information will be published on the site â€“ no leaked documents and no illegally obtained information.
The first day of Wikicountabilityâ€™s existence saw the public release of the cost of the Andy Griffithâ€™s pro-Obamacare television ads ($3.66 million), a look into how Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Special Adviser Elizabeth Warren chooses which news outlets to give interviews to and an in-depth examination of how Obamaâ€™s Department of Labor plays favorites with labor unions.
Rick Manning, a spokesman forÂ Americans for Limited Government (ALG), told TheDC thatÂ Obama isnâ€™t fulfilling the transparency promises he made during the 2008 election cycle. ALG contributed several documents to Wikicountabilityâ€™s launch, including a detailed schedule for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis â€“ which shows she met, had phone conversations with or attended events with high-ranking labor union bosses at least 40 times between February 2009 and January 2010.
â€œThe Obama administration has failed at its sunshine promise,â€ Manning said. â€œAnd it has done so miserably. They are an example of attempting to claim sunshine while, in fact, muddying waters, failing to produce reports and creating an environment in which the people have much less knowledge about what their government is really up to.â€
The Obama administrationÂ refused to fulfill about 180,000 of its 544,000Â FOIAÂ requests to its 35 biggest agencies, even though the president campaigned on transparency.Â Roveâ€™s Wikicountability plans to publish any and all FOIA requests and responses from different agencies, in addition to tracking how the administration handles them.
The Obama administration launched its newÂ FOIA.gov website earlier in March as an attempt to increase transparency. The White House also authorized agencies to create new jobs for people to specialize in FOIA fulfillment.
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