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Congressional Hopeful Graham Touts Federal Transparency 'Sunshine Plan'

Gwen Graham
Donald DeBevoise / WFSU News

Florida District Two Democratic congressional candidate Gwen Graham says if elected, she will be open about her dealings in Washington. Graham rolled out her so-called “Sunshine Plan” Wednesday.

The Graham Sunshine Plan revolves around providing insight into schedules and government meetings. It says she’d also vote for stricter disclosure of special interest money in campaigns and against congressional perks funded by taxes. Graham says she thinks elected officials should be compelled to keep the public informed.

“Well, I think as someone who is working for the taxpayers, they deserve to know what I’m doing with my time," Graham says. "They’re the ones who are supporting me and allowing me to have the opportunity to serve them, so they deserve to know how my time is being spent.”

Graham has been critical of current Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL2). Southerland campaign spokesman Matt McCullough responded to Graham’s plan with an e-mail saying Southerland has voted for greater transparency in "health care, federal regulations, agency efficiency and how taxpayers' personal information is utilized by the IRS," adding the congressman would welcome a debate on transparency with Graham.