Transparency Wins Even If I Didn't

by Andrew Rasiej

When I ran for Public Advocate I pledged that if elected I would make my official schedule (who I meet with) available online and that I would make sure that NYC residents would be able to find their Public Advocate easily if needed in real-time. Some of you may also remember that I asked Betsey Gotbaum to make her past schedule available and she refused.

I believe that that elected officials have a responsibility to let their constituents know how they spend their hard earned tax dollars and should be accountable like the majority of Americans who either punch a clock or submit time sheets to get paid.

Therefore, I am particularly happy that the New York Times endorsed my idea which I took to the Sunlight Foundation (full disclosure: they pay me as a strategic consultant) and which was embraced by Kirsten Gillibrand when she ran and won her seat in Congress.

If you agree with this idea send her a note or some money because she will need all the public support she can get as not one single sitting member of Congress agreed to do this themselves. We asked them too. Check out the Punch Clock Campaign. Hopefully, through her example, other congressmen and women will realize that transparency is a powerful political plank that changes the dynamics of our political world in favor of the voters and ultimately for those that embrace it, for them too.