A government that operates behind closed doors cannot be the government of a free people. The Goldwater Institute has prompted several reforms shining light into the inner workings of government, including the nation’s most comprehensive online database of line-by-line government spending and restrictions on politicians using tax money for self-promotion. Our regular watchdog reports are helping citizens hold their elected officials accountable.
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Who's in Charge?Posted on April 02, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
Did the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office recent use of Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) funds to send staff members to Honduras violate the law-enforcement purposes to which such funds are limited?
Policing for Profit and Political GainPosted on March 05, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Timothy Keller
Arizona's racketeering or RICO laws generate millions of dollars each year for local police and prosecutors by allowing their offices to seize and keep money and property allegedly used in or generated by criminal activity. The RICO laws require prosecutors to meet only the most minuscule of legal burdens in court before being allowed to pocket the proceeds.
Goldwater Institute Named Best Capitol WatchdogPosted on February 29, 2008 | Type: Press Release
Arizona Capitol Times editors and readers honor Institute's work
Arizona should join other states in disclosing where money goesPosted on February 12, 2008 | Type: Op-Ed | Author: Byron Schlomach
Thomas Jefferson once wrote, We might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchants books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the Union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently to control them.
Federal Clean Water Act Wrong for ArizonaPosted on January 30, 2008 | Type: In the News
Phoenix--Congress is considering whether to expand the reach of the federal Clean Water Act. But is expanding a law designed for water-rich environments like Florida good for the drought-stricken deserts of Arizona? A new report from the Goldwater Institute says no.