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transparency

45 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Michael Rawlings, TC Broadnax, Scott Griggs, Adam Medrano, Casey Thomas, III, Dwaine R. Caraway, Ricky D. Callahan, Omar Narvaez, Kevin Felder, Tennell Atkins, Mark Clayton, B. Adam McGough, Lee M. Kleinman, Sandy Greyson, Jennifer Staubach Gates, Philip T. Kingston

Hold The State Fair of Texas Accountable - Forensic Audit

For decades the State Fair of Texas has milked Dallas taxpayers, robbing our City of its treasure, the citizens of our park, and the Fair Park neighborhood of its vibrancy. While we, the citizens of Dallas, have footed the bill for: $2.5 million yearly for Dallas Police Department security, $11 million annually of Fair Park maintenance. and almost $200 million in Bond funds for the ill-advised renovation of The Cotton Bowl stadium for three collegiate games a year. Meanwhile, State Fair executives have lined their pockets with millions in salaries and perks with salaries of $708,000 in 2015, $$1.4 million in 2014 for the C.E.O.. Salaries far exceeding what typical non-profits CEO pay of $107,000 as of 2016.   The State Fair of Texas has violated its contract with the City by failing to make good on the payment of its obligations, opting instead to enrich the few by defrauding the many. Meanwhile, ravaging the surrounding neighborhood with their predatory land grabs to create parking lots – resulting in some of the worst blight in our city – by utilizing excess revenue to purchase seventy acres of land thus by default displacing residents from the neighborhood.  The State Fair of Texas has not fulfilled its commitment to operate the Midway 365 days a year, leaving Fair Park virtually empty during eight months of the year. The State Fair of Texas has blocked the 2003 Fair Park Long Range Master Plan, robbing Dallas citizens of our great park instead wasting $30 million in taxpayer funds for the disastrous Summer Adventure. The State Fair of Texas has not been a good tenant or neighbor to Fair Park making it impossible for other tenants to prosper and coexist by taking over the ground for four months a year.  We the citizens of Dallas demand: That the State Fair to be held accountable for its actions, to come clean about the past, pay what it owes and form a new partnership with the city of Dallas. Or leave. A full forensic audit covering the years from 2003 to 2016. An independent third party forensic audit to determine the magnitude of money owed the City of Dallas. Come clean. Or leave. Declare the State Fair of Texas in breach of their contract and require them to negotiate a new deal, one that is fair to the citizens of Dallas. Or leave. Require payment of any and all amounts due the City of Dallas including the giving the City of Dallas the seventy acres acquired with moneys due the City of Dallas. . Or leave.

#AuditTheFair
85 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Dogs need your help! Tell Congress to stop cruel taxpayer-funded experiments.

An investigation by the White Coat Waste Project revealed that more than 1,100 beagles, hounds and mixed-breed dogs—even puppies—are subjected to secretive, wasteful and cruel experiments inside government laboratories each year. As a physician, researcher and dog-lover –and someone who once reluctantly experimented on dogs—I know there’s no way to defend the government’s use of dogs for invasive and unnecessary experiments.  It’s also a betrayal of a 10,000 year old bond between dogs and humans built upon mutual affection and loyalty. The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other major news outlets have been documenting how the Department of Veterans Affairs, Pentagon, National Institutes of Health, and other agencies spend taxpayers’ money to abuse dogs: Death by Sand Flies: Infected sand flies are strapped to beagles’ bare skin, causing painful ulcers. Forced Vomiting: Dogs are cut open, their nerves severed, and electrodes are implanted on their intestines. They're then forced to vomit repeatedly. Forced Heart Attacks: "Snares" are tightened around dogs’ coronary arteries to induce heart attacks before they're killed and dissected. American taxpayers are forced to pay millions of dollars for these studies with virtually no access to information about what’s being done or why and how much it costs. Is this how you want your money spent? Please sign our petition to end wasteful spending and increase transparency and accountability about taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs! Most agencies including the VA, DOD, FDA and CDC do not reveal details of how our taxpayer dollars are being used for experiments on dogs, but on one of the few projects for which spending data is available, NIH experimenters have used nearly $6 million of taxpayers' money since 2011 to give dogs heart attacks. Bipartisan Members of Congress also recognize the ethical, scientific and economic problems with these controversial experiments on dogs. They’re now working to help spare dogs from abuse and cut wasteful government spending. Please join us and encourage Members of Congress and the incoming administration to end this wasteful government spending on flawed research.

Dr. Larry Hansen and the White Coat Waste Project
183,774 supporters