ProPublica Wants YOU to Dig into Obama Records

ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative group, has rounded up a mother lode of Obama administration financial disclosures. They’re asking readers to help them comb through the data and pull out the interesting bits (ie, the dirt).

President Obama’s administration came to Washington pledging transparency and accountability in government. The White House has demanded strict new ethics requirements and signed pledges from appointees to abide by the rules. The records don’t seem to be available from single office, and moreover the government insists on giving them out by request only.

We’re cutting out the middleman, and posting them, in a single location, for the first time.

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Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.