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Just recently CRI began a campaign to keep Transparent Delaware, our government payroll and vendor contract data website, open to the public by asking people to donate towards our goal of $5,000.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-keep-government-spending-data-open-to-all/x/9753455

Our campaign pitch:

“We operate the website Transparent Delaware, which provides the public with open data on state payroll spending and state vendor payments. Want to know who the highest paid state employees are, by division or year? We have that. Want to see why an employee who was given a $60,000 base salary received $164,000 is overtime and “other” pay? We have that too.

We would like to obtain state pension data but we have been blocked multiple times in our efforts to find out how much the state spend on employee pensions. While we recognize that state workers are human beings too the fact is, it’s our money and we should know how it’s being spent. With extremely few exceptions government spending data should ALWAYS be open to the public.

What we need from you: It costs us about $5,000 a year to keep Transparent Delaware open to the public. All money collected for this campaign go to paying our web developer and host to keep the site up, or else we’ll have to shut it down :(. The exception is if you reach a donation threshold, we will send a small gift of thanks.

Even if we do not meet the $5,000, the more money we receive towards this goal, the more we can pay our web developer to keep the site open. They are great people but they have bills to pay too!”

As many before us have stated, “freedom isn’t free.” Now generally people who use this line are nearly always speaking about military service and the need for people to make some kind of meaningful sacrifice to keep our freedoms alive. But this axiom should apply as well to keeping information about our government available to the public.

We have to pay our web host and site developer, and while they may be awesome people they have bills to pay too. Understandably many people are used to internet content being free or “freemium” and the more successful web pages can place ads on the site to make money, but we are a non-profit and we cannot, and will not, rent our website space over to advertisers. Thus, we need the generous support of people like you to help us reach our goal and keep Delaware state payroll and vendor data available to the public.

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Dear Reader,

As many of your know, CRI funds and sponsors the Transparent Delaware website, viewable at  www.transparentdelaware.org. Transparent Delaware has become the go-to website in the First State for data on State Payroll and State Vendor Contract Data for many concerned citizens.

Unfortunately, our grant to fund the yearly updates required to keep transparentdelaware.org up to date has expired.  We need $3900 to update the information on the site or else we will have to shut it down. We are asking you, our friends of CRI, to help us by making a contribution to CRI targeted to updating the transparentdelaware.org site.

CRI has worked hard to update the information on the site to bring you 2013 Payroll and Vendor Contract data so that anyone who is interested could view how the state pays its employees and those the state does contract business with. This information is critical to news reporters, elected officials, candidates for public office, concerned citizen activists, state employees comparing their salaries to their peers and superiors, or anyone with an interest in how the state spends money.

Now, Transparent Delaware will soon be unavailable to the public unless we raise $3,900 to keep the website updated and available to the public. Unfortunately, the internet is not always “free” and we would be disappointed to leave the most recently available data not easy accessible to you the public. Therefore, we are asking if you would give a most generous contribution to CRI for the purposes of keeping Transparent Delaware open to all. If you believe Delaware’s payment information should be available to the public, please click HERE to donate or send a tax-deductible contribution to:

Caesar Rodney Institute

P.O. Box 795

Dover, DE 19903

 

If we reach our fundraising goals our web host has said it will reactivate the website with the newest information.

We are grateful for your support. Any amount you can contribute to our goal will be appreciated.

Sincerely,

Jim Ursomarso
Chairman & CEO

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