House Staffers and Political Pigs are getting all upset because Legistorm.com is posting already public information about their finances. Staffers who make more than $110,000 a year are required by law to make their information public. The web site, which has been in existence since 2006, recently started publishing information on use of public monies and personal finances. Some legislators are worried about identity theft. I’m more worried that my representatives, or the bulk of them, are milking the system and selling their constituencies down the river.
From their web site:
The information is provided in a strictly factual, non-partisan fashion. We have no political affiliations and no political purpose except to make the workings of Congress as transparent as possible. We expect this resource to be useful to journalists, researchers, lobbyists and current and would-be staffers – as well as regular citizens who simply want to know how their representatives spend public money.
The Number One Terrible Thing about American politics is the monetization of it. The adage “Money is the root of all evil” is especially true when it comes to politics. I say good for Legistorm. Maybe, JUST MAYBE, if we know where and how our representatives are spending their money we can get some damned accountability. It’s better than driving a stake through their black and callous, self-serving hearts. (Hey, I know my stance is slanted against political figures. At least I don’t’ advocate voting with a bullet, alright?)
Take Part Blog’s suggestion that Legistorm may have been created by The Wire character Lester Freamon is pretty on point. Any Public Figure who is speaking out against Legistorm MOST LIKELY has something terrible they’re trying to hide. Fuck ‘em. Let em writhe.