Statements about Transparency
Ilana Shafran Mandel’s stake in Forest City Enterprises "constitutes significantly less than 1 percent" of the company’s shares and any implication of a conflict of interest "is legally incorrect."
"The governor having a meeting ... isn't covered by the open meetings act."
"The (State Board of Administration) transparency issue got a great airing the last legislative session."
Says he can’t release his internal affairs record because there are Attorney General guidelines in place protecting it.
"The refusal of many federal employees to fly coach costs taxpayers $146 million annually."
"I stopped requesting earmarks in 2008."
Says the House Rules Committee is the only panel, other than the Intelligence and Ethics committees, not able to telecast proceedings in its main hearing room.
"Congressman Kasich wants to use our tax dollars to give secret bonuses to his corporate friends."
"When President, then candidate, Obama was asked to disclose some of his donors because there was suspicion of their being the foreign source of money into his campaign, they refused to do it."
Just like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, "the AFL-CIO receives dues from foreign entities associated with it."
Says Bill White "didn't pay taxes while earning $133,600 annual salary as deputy secretary of energy."
Bill McCollum "backed Jim Greer's effort to hide financial irregularities."
Says Bill White "profiteered in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita."
Bill McCollum "diverted a state plane to his home 53 times. A state auditor called it: likely a misuse of state resources."
"Ninety-four percent of the bills that pass the Senate have no debate, no vote, no amendments, no reading of the bill, no online disclosure."
After J.D. Hayworth "was voted out of Congress, he became a registered lobbyist" who was "paid thousands by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on."
"Bill White used D.C. connections from his job in the Clinton administration to form a company that did business in the Middle East and defaulted on a $60 million loan."
On transparency in dealing with the Republican Party of Florida's financial issues.
Says Texas has been waiting for two years for the federal government to act on a proposal to allow the state to "create insurance opportunities for those that are uninsured today."
Gov. Rick Perry "spent over a million dollars on D.C. lobbyists asking for more federal money and lives in a luxury house that costs taxpayers $10,000 a month."
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