August 30th, 2017

We’ve seen this before, but the idea is just as good today as it was in 2009. One of tactics of individuals or corporations under investigation is to bury their crimes under mountains of irrelevant paper. Online publication and crowd sourcing offers a real response.

Mano Singham, in Become a ‘Citizen Sleuth’ and investigate Trump administration corruption, explains:

The administration of Donald Trump probably has the most wealth of any administration in US history. It is also the administration that has the most open contempt for ethics and thus one can expect that many of them will have no compunction about using their offices to enrich themselves by making decisions that are advantageous to their private interests. This was also likely true for many members of previous administrations but the Trump cohort will be different in that they think they are entitled to do so. After all, the head of this corrupt organization, Trump himself, clearly sees being president as a way to advance his business interests.

The Center for Public Integrity has decided to enlist the general public in monitoring the administration with a new project called Citizen Sleuth. They have put online in an easily searchable, sortable database in the form of a spreadsheet all the financial disclosure forms that government employees are required to file so that anyone can pore over them and add notes if they find any evidence of corruption. This page gives some tips on how to get started, what to look for, and how to report anything interesting that you find.

Now, get sleuthing…

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