For that, we turn to California, a state that is as much in the grip of Democrats as the once-great state of Illinois.
From Adam Andrzejewski, CEO & Founder of the public interest group, OpenTheBooks we discover that "From Out of the 50 states, California is the only one that refuses to produce its state checkbook to our auditors at OpenTheBooks.com".
Because of repeated refusal, the group has filed suit against the state to, well, open the books. Andrzejewski in an email:
It shouldn't take subpoenas and a lawsuit to open the books.
Since 2013, we’ve filed sunshine requests with the California controller for the state checkbook. Each time our requests were rejected without citing a single exemption of the state’s open records law.
Oddly, the controller’s main arguments rest on a claim that they can’t locate a single one of the 49 million bills she paid last year!
California wants to hide their spending from taxpayers, citizens, media, watchdogs, academics – everybody. They are testing our will and wallet.
Thankfully, we’ve joined forces with an aggressive team of lawyers at the nonprofit good government watchdog organization, Cause of Action Institute in Washington, D.C.
Can't find the bills? Look in the shredder. Even for Chicago and Illinois, that's a creative excuse.
Read the lawsuit here.
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