Follow the money

Someone is keeping a close eye on your stimulus package

Michael Ignatieff was on to something when he demanded those progress reports from Stephen Harper. A new American website——promises to dutifully track Obama’s US$838-billion stimulus package. Says the homepage: “With investigative reporting, interactive features, and (not least) help from you, we’ll be tracking the stimulus bill dollars as they travel from Congress to your neighborhood. With your help, we’ll make sure that one of the biggest, fastest appropriations ever has a big, fast army to track whether it is well spent.” ShovelWatch is a joint project of the non-profit investigative outfit ProPublica, the morning news program The Takeaway, and WNYC, New York’s flagship public radio station.

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