Statements about Transparency
Says President Barack Obama "came into office very concerned about" wiretappings but "then he became president of the United States, he got all the briefings … (and) he decided … the balance is probably pretty appropriately struck."
Says taxpayer subsidy for the Oregon Convention Center hotel jumped $100 million in closed-door sessions
"Providence has more of its pension fund invested in hedge funds and is less transparent" about it than the state.
Says Gov. Scott Walker "hasn't done a public event this entire year."
"No one knows who bought the [38 Studios] bonds. And there was some language put in the bond offer that they must remain anonymous."
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held not one conversation with the public about the new Falcons stadium project
"You can't bring an iPad or a piece of paper and a pencil in the (Wisconsin Assembly) gallery to take notes of what's going on," but "you can bring a gun up there."
Knopp says he upheld a campaign promise not to join the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).
"The auditor [for the city of Providence] was not locked out" of access to the city's finances.
"An April study found that about 70 percent of ads in this election cycle have been negative [due to SuperPACs], up from only 9 percent through the same period in 2008."
The recent process of awarding $3 billion worth of airport vending contracts was the "most open and transparent procurement process in the city’s history."
"We don’t allow filming inside of the City Hall unless there is a specific reason."
Says Gov. Scott Walker signed abortion, sex education and discrimination bills "in secret."
A bill that could restrict free speech when the president is nearby was signed by President Barack Obama "in secret."
Says former U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter refused to host town hall meetings during her time in Congress.
Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doesn't make his calendar public -- "he's on our dime and we don't know where he is."
"In campaigns in the past with Sen. McCain and President George W. Bush and others, they have tended to release tax records in April."
"Traditionally, presidential candidates release their tax returns . . . Mitt Romney still won’t."
Says he followed state law and the precedent of other Massachusetts governors when he erased electronic communications as he left office.
Says signers of recall petitions against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are at risk because of newly "discovered" provisions in state law.
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