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David Bernhardt seeks to block FOIA into DOI activities

The Interior Department Wants to Restrict Public Requests for Information

Just when you thought the Interior Department might recover from former secretary Ryan Zinke’s leadership, it becomes clear the acting secretary David Bernhardt’s leadership might not be any better. The Interior Department proposed a rule over the government shutdown that would restrict public records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA is “vital to the functioning of…

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Follow the money: Transparency in politics

California State Bill Would Bring Transparency To Political Campaigns

Follow the money California elections mean candidates spent big money trying to get elected. Governor Gray Davis and his opponents spent over $130 million in the 2002 governor’s election. Davis spent almost $78 million, the most money spent by a politician in a non-presidential race. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger raised $23.6 million during his first year in office, double what Davis…

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The world needs more corporate transparency

Why the World Needs More Corporate Transparency

There are powerful social, environmental and economic implications associated with transparency. Corporations are not the only ones that should be concerned about transparency; governments, employees, consumers and the whole of civil society all have a stake. Transparency is about open access to an organization’s activities and this has implications for everything from climate change to the bottom line. Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz effectively communicated the…

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The Paris Agreement is enhanced by the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Earth Day: The Paris Agreement and the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Today is Earth Day. What more fitting moment could there be for the official signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 nations at the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, representing 93 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The opening plenary of the conference on November 30 marked a record for the most heads of state ever assembled…

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