Transparency: The Number One issue in Comptroller race

Usually a race like the Comptroller General race is pretty ho-hum, except for episodes of Saturday Night Live, and the differences between candidate are hard to spot and often fuzzy.

But not this year.

In this year's race, the issue of transparency in government spending presents a clear divide between incumbent Comptroller Richard Eckstrom, a CPA seeing his third term in the office, and challenger Robert Barber, a lobbyist seeking success after two failed bids for major offices.

While Barber is vague on his work as a paid lobbyist, including on his website, Eckstrom's approach to state government is crystal-clear in promoting something not found in Barber's bio: transparency for state and local governments.

Eckstrom's initiative to promote transparency for state and local governments has borne considerable fruit, in the form of two websites. The first allows readers to look at state government purchasing activity, and the other facilitates similar reporting by local governments such as municipalities and school districts.

We'd be interested in knowing how Barber, an attorney and lobbyist, can hope to serve as a more effective watchdog than a Certified Public Accountant who has used his accounting background to make the Comptroller's office an innovative and forceful advocate of making government more accountable.

Lobbyists wanting to watch state tax dollars sounds a bit like the fox guarding the henhouse to us.

2 Response to "Transparency: The Number One issue in Comptroller race"

  1. mg 18/8/10 22:21
    Mr. Eckstrom will be in Clarendon at the October meeting. Come listen to a Class Act. He is truly one of the great men in SC Politics.
  2. mg 18/8/10 22:22
    Mr. Eckstrom will be in Clarendon at the October meeting. Come listen to a Class Act. He is truly one of the great men in SC Politics.

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