Last month, the EyeOpener investigated the “transparency award” that was bestowed on Obama this past March by a bevy of government watchdog NGOs who are ostensibly advocating for more government openness. As we saw in that report, dozens of high profile government whistleblowers and organizations have launched a petition at takeawardback.org calling on these NGOs to rescind the award in light of the Obama Administration’s abysmal record of government secrecy and unprecedented levels of whistleblower prosecution.
A new investigation into the funding sources of the very NGOs who are supposed to be holding the government’s feet to the fire reveals some alternative explanations for why these organizations are so reluctant to call out the Obama administration for its egregious expansion of government secrecy.The new series on Project on Government Oversight (POGO) and Corporate-Foundation Sugar Daddies looks further into corporate-foundations and Watch-Dogs turned Lap-Dogs. Here are the first two parts in our series:
Part I. The Tentacles of Megas: Reaching from the Government to the Emasculated Watchdogs http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/07/01/the-tentacles-of-megas-reaching-from-the-government-to-the-emasculated-watchdogs/ Part II. The Journey from Watch-Dogs to Lap-Dogs http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2011/07/05/part-ii-the-journey-from-watch-dogs-to-lap-dogs/