Citizen Watchdogs to Aid Rep. Issa in Oversight Investigations
Kraft noted many Americans were incensed by the Obama administration spending taxpayer money to tell people they were spending taxpayer money.
At the time, Issa was ranking member on the committee and in the minority. Consequently, despite multiple requests to various inspectors general, Issa was unable to determine exactly how much of the "stimulus" was spent just on signage.
"Quite frankly the executive branch said this (the stimulus signs) wasn't important enough to even respond or tell us how much was spent," Kraft said. "Now that we're in the majority we want to do something about it."
Kraft said one of the reasons behind the website is to try to hold the administration accountable.
"It's one thing for the administration to say 'bugger off Mr. Issa,' or 'bugger off House Republicans,'" Kraft said. "It's another thing for them to say 'bugger off Mr. John Doe in Topeka, Kansas,' who sent us a picture of a sign and just wanted to know how much it cost."
Consequently, Kraft said, there will be a citizen watchdog component to every investigation the committee undertakes.
"This is the beginning of a new way to do oversight," he said. "I am spending a lot of time and energy on this and I have a mandate from the chairman to make sure every investigation going forward has a real citizen watchdog component, to give activated, interested citizens a way to get involved.
"This is not a platform just for Mr. Issa or just for the Republican caucus, but for every one and every committee in Congress."