Try out the search engine for government credit card spending, PERA administrative salaries and other databases. Some of the databases are a little dated because with so many levels of government it's a time-consuming process but they are being added gradually.
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Here's a few examples from one city's credit card spending. These purchases were made on public employee credit cards and public tax dollars paid the bill. Are our taxdollars being spent wisely?
|1||$59.68|| Meeting co-worker||RED LOBSTER|
|2||$167.46||Meeting with co-worker||JOHNNY CARINOS|
|4||$208.09 ||Baby Shower||JOHNNY CARINOS|
|5||$104.20||Lakewood Housing Authority meeting||240 UNION|
|6||$494.15||Bankers Roundtable Luncheon||240 UNION|
|7||$300.00||Holiday Hold-Em Cooking Class||Whole Foods|
|8||$543.00||Democratic Convention Commemorative Coins||Coins for Anything|
|7||$197.25||Take Your Kids to Work bowling||Bowlero Lanes
Detailed transparency really can save us a lot of money besides providing accountability to the public. In large government bodies, when employees make purchases on their own with taxpayer-funded credit cards this ignores savings that could be found in bidding out those expenditures as bulk purchases.