Karl Rove-backed group creates Wikicountability to monitor Obama administration

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Crossroads GPS, a conservative group with ties to Karl Rove, recently set up to act as a clearinghouse for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, so as to keep tabs on the Obama administration. I think of it as a WINO (Wiki In Name Only), since editing privileges are restricted to the vetted few, for obvious reasons.

Wikicountability has made it clear that they're not simply a right-wing Wikileaks (which is probably an oxymoron anyway), stating that their policy is "not to solicit or knowingly accept for publication documents which disclose information that is classified, legally privileged or subject to the established statutory exceptions under FOIA."

After taking office in 2009, President Obama emphasized the importance of his administration being open and transparent, saying "Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing." Two years later, Crossroads GPS president, Steven Law, said "President Obama's record on FOIA doesn't come anywhere near his lofty rhetoric." Crossroads GPS apparently wasn't content with knowing what vegetables Michelle was growing in the garden, because a couple weeks ago they sued the Department of Health and Human Services for lack of compliance with a January 7, 2011 information request regarding health-care reform procedures.

Law demanded, "Until President Obama is willing to grant the entire country a waiver from Obamacare, his administration needs to come clean on how they decide who wins and loses in the waiver lottery." The irony of Rove using anonymous donors to fund the monitoring of above-board policymaking, especially after the dealings of the previous regime, definitely isn't lost. And I'm sure the site has nothing to do with allowing ol' Turd Blossom to retain nonprofit status for his 501(c)(4).