Header Menu

Breaking News

Columns

Rebooting Transparency

The promise of the developing transparency movement in this country is greater accountability of our elected officials. Embedded in that promise is a hope for more openness, greater efficiency, and accountability in how lawmakers and government officials care for the public's interests and spend taxpayer money, and combat corruption. When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis made his famous statement—"sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants"—in 1913, he was focused on the corrupting influence of major corporations and monopolies in all aspects of American life.

Rebooting Transparency

The promise of the developing transparency movement in this country is greater accountability of our elected officials. Embedded in that promise is a hope for more openness, greater efficiency, and accountability in how lawmakers and government officials care for the public's interests and spend taxpayer money, and combat corruption. When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis made his famous statement—"sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants"—in 1913, he was focused on the corrupting influence of major corporations and monopolies in all aspects of American life.