Wed, 26 February 2014
A national leader in bringing transparency to government spending, Adam Andrzejewski, (Angie-f-ski) the eldest of seven children, was born in rural Herscher, IL-- a hardworking small town, and family farm community.
After working his way through Northern Illinois University, Adam and his brother successfully built a $20 million dollar business which employed 160. Today, HomePages® is the nation’s largest publisher of community telephone directories. Selling his share of the business to his brother in 2007, Adam began to focus on a life of public service.
In 2010, Adam ran for Governor of Illinois in the Republican primary. Adam was proud to be endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize winner and Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, among others. Adam promised he would post “every dime online in real time.” Despite a close loss on Election Day, Adam founded OpenTheBooks.com to fulfill his campaign pledge.
Today, OpenTheBooks.com contains over 300 million lines of government spending with the goal of acquiring 1 billion lines within the year. Currently posted is nearly all disclosed federal checkbook vendor spending since 2000; 2.5 million federal employee salaries with five year salary histories; 40/50 states checkbook vendor spending; 31/50 states with public salaries and/or pensions; and all federal campaign donations since 1979.
On May 29, 2013, Andrzejewski’s editorial was published in The Wall Street Journal, “Track Government Spending on Your Phone.” The editorial showcased our first-to-market technology enabling taxpayers to search federal spending by ZIP code. Thereafter, the Open The Books app ranked as high as 3rd in Apple’s The App Store.
In September 2013, John Stossel’s Special- Innovation Nation on the FOX News Channel featured a segment on OpenTheBooks.com. In the week following the show, 80,000 people rendered 750,000 pageviews on the website & mobile app. Adam is happily married to his wife Kerry and the proud father of three beautiful little girls. He is an avid runner, having run the Chicago Marathon on four occasions. Adam is a lector at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Hinsdale, IL.
Tue, 11 February 2014
Lowell Ponte is the co-author of the new book, "The Great Withdrawal: How the Progressives' 100-Year Debasement of America and the Dollar Ends."
Ponte joins the show to discuss how dishonest Obamacare is and whether Obama should be penalized for such an Act.
Ponte also shares his predictions for 2014.
Find out more about Lowell Ponte's previous book, "The Inflation Deception," at www.inflationdeception.com.
Lowell Ponte's diverse background includes being a reporter in Washington, D.C., a legislative aide in the California Assembly, one of two co-owners of a successful Hollywood public relations firm, a consultant and speaker for various corporations and trade associations, and dean of a distance-learning university.
He worked for 15 years as a roving editor for Reader’s Digest magazine. He has done reporting in 33 countries, from Indonesia and Israel to Communist Cuba. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and many other publications.
Ponte, a native of Southern California, hosted radio talk shows in Los Angeles for 17 years. More than 300 radio stations have carried his nationally syndicated radio shows. On television, Ponte worked for four years as commentator and reporter on KCET-TV, the West Coast Production Center of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Los Angeles.
Ponte is author of "The Cooling" (Prentice-Hall), a prophetic investigation of global climate change and environmental modification warfare that has been used as a textbook at the U.S. military’s National Defense College. He is a former futurist for a Pentagon-consulted think tank, where he developed scenarios for exotic kinds of warfare and high-tech terrorism.
Ponte, who holds the equivalent of a master's degree in international relations and a Ph.D. in English, also is founder and President of several organizations, including the Jefferson’s Birthday Committee dedicated to making Thomas Jefferson’s April 13 birthday a “National Holiday for Taxpayers.”
He and his wife, Ellen, a screenwriter and veteran script analyst for several major Hollywood studios, live at the beach in Southern California.