Transparency & Accountability


For democracy to function, the first prerequisite is transparency. By uncovering and publicizing facts often obscured behind public policy pronouncements, CIP enables citizens to know what government is doing in their name and with their tax dollars. Armed with this information, citizens can hold our leaders accountable.

See below for links to our work that pushes for transparency and accountability.

Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

New Hampshire ranked 38th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $1.2 billion. It received $853 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 16th among the 50 states. Comparatively, New Hampshire received $1.5 billion in FY2013. As New Hampshire’s GDP was $68.7 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.2% of New Hampshire’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Georgia

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

Georgia ranked 14th in the country in terms Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $6.4 billion . It received $624 in contract awards per capita, which ranked 22nd among the 50 states. Comparatively, Georgia received $5.6 billion in FY2013. As Georgia’s GDP was $456.5 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.2% of Georgia’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Missouri

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

Missouri ranked 12th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $7.2 billion. It received $1,179.77 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 11th among the 50 states. Comparatively, Missouri received $8 billion in FY2013. As Missouri’s GDP was $276 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.9% of Missouri’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Arms Industry Ramps Up Lobbying Efforts As Budget Battles Continue

By William D. Hartung, Stephen Miles

Jun-01-2015 | Article

Nearly four years after budget caps imposed by Congress began to modestly rein in runaway spending at the Pentagon, the sky hasn't fallen. In fact, none of the dire predictions of Pentagon contractors - from mass layoffs to a collapse of the U.S. military - have come true. Instead, weapons makers' profits have soared, employment has increased nationwide, and Congress is busily cooking up budget gimmicks to violate its own spending caps and return to record spending levels... Read More »

Leonhart's Fall Signals Urgent Need for DEA Overhaul

By Laura Carlsen

May-01-2015 | Article

The forced resignation of DEA chief Michele Leonhart is a step in the right direction toward cleaning up one of the most wasteful and ethically questionable agencies of the federal government, the Drug Enforcement Administration. Now it's time for Congress to take the next step -- a full and facts-based review of the agency to eliminate the deep flaws that gave rise to the scandal... Read More »

The Word Is Out: The U.S. Once Again Leads the World in Arms Sales

By William D. Hartung

Apr-21-2015 | Article

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has released its annual assessment of the global arms trade, and the United States once again has the dubious distinction on coming in at the number-one spot. For the period covering 2010 to 2014, the U.S. accounted for 31 percent of global arms sales, followed by Russia at 27 percent. The next largest exporters — China, (5%), France (5%), Germany (5%) and the United Kingdom (4%) — lagged far behind... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in New Hampshire

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

New Hampshire ranked 38th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $1.2 billion. It received $853 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 16th among the 50 states. Comparatively, New Hampshire received $1.5 billion in FY2013. As New Hampshire’s GDP was $68.7 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.2% of New Hampshire’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Georgia

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

Georgia ranked 14th in the country in terms Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $6.4 billion . It received $624 in contract awards per capita, which ranked 22nd among the 50 states. Comparatively, Georgia received $5.6 billion in FY2013. As Georgia’s GDP was $456.5 billion in FY2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 1.2% of Georgia’s GDP in 2013... Read More »

Pentagon Spending in Missouri

By William D. Hartung

Jun-15-2015 | Fact Sheet

Missouri ranked 12th in the country in terms of Pentagon awards during FY2014, receiving $7.2 billion. It received $1,179.77 in contract awards per capita in FY2014, which ranked 11th among the 50 states. Comparatively, Missouri received $8 billion in FY2013. As Missouri’s GDP was $276 billion in FY 2013, the most recent year for which state GDP figures are available, DoD contracts accounted for approximately 2.9% of Missouri’s GDP in 2013... Read More »