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1851 Center for Constitutional Law

Big news: Maurice Thompson has established the 1851 Center for Constitutional Law.

Support this important work today, with your money and your attention. "Jurisdictional transparency" is as important or more important than financial transparency, and Thompson is the state's leader in ensuring that governments operate legally, within their constitutional boundaries.

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About CASB

Ohio Citizens Accounting Standards Board

It is going to take effort and communication to show people there is nothing wrong
with the market system

–John B. Taylor, economist

CASB (kas bee) is dedicated to the idea that American citizens are competent to evaluate their government.

Every person of reasonable abilities should be able to examine both the finances and the legality of government conduct. CASB will serve to perform critical evaluation of government spending and revenue and to make available the information and data necessary to do so, through interactive online databases.

To evaluate spending, citizens must know the true costs involved. Too often, interest groups, including government officials seeking other office or private advantage, public sector unions seeking better wages and benefits than are available to taxpayers, and private sector businesses and unions seeking favorable treatment against their competitors, distort our constitutional processes and news reporting.

CASB is deliberately modeled on the two primary authorities for accounting standards in the United States, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, FASB, and the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, GASB. As those authorities do, CASB will follow a process of developing its opinions and challenges to existing special interest power structures that fail to give citizens the information they need to make informed and fair judgments.

CASB fulfills a vision that has been articulated in all times of American history, from recent transparency pledges by once-Senator Barack Obama to similar calls by Thomas Jefferson, who asked for “a simplification of the form of accounts in the treasury department and in the organization of its officers so as to bring everything to a single centre, we might hope to see the finances of the Union as clear and intelligible as a merchant’s books, so that every member of Congress and every man of any mind in the union should be able to comprehend them, to investigate abuses, and consequently to control them.” (Letter, President Thomas Jefferson to Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, 1802.)

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