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    Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    A federal appeals court has rejected the Obama Administration's attempt to keep secret the government's data on how much individual retailers take in from the food stamp program.

    In a ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit turned down the U.S. Department of Agriculture's arguments that a provision in federal law protecting retailers' application information from disclosure also barred disclosure of how much the feds pay out to specific businesses.

    "Because the retailer spending information is not 'submit[ted]' by 'an applicant retail food store or wholesale food concern...' the information is not exempt from disclosure. The department, not any retailer, generates the information, and the underlying data is 'obtained' from third-party payment processors, not from individual retailers," Chief Judge William Jay Riley wrote in an opinion joined by Judges Steven Colloton and Jane Kelly.

    (Also on POLITICO: The new faces of food stamps)

    The judges acted on an appeal filed by South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper after the USDA turned down the paper's Freedom of Information Act request for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments to individual retailers on an annual basis from 2005 to 2010. A district court judge agreed with the federal government's argument that part of the food stamp program statute barred such disclosure, making the data exempt from FOIA.

    Court rejects Obama Administration secrecy on food stamps - POLITICO.com

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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Yep. With over $70 billion of public funds, annually, pumped into the great unknown - what could possibly go wrong without any public accounting system? What SNAP fraud could possibly exist in a system that has absolutely no public reporting requirements?
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    Huge. Millions in snap funds are funneled into each BJs Wholesale club in my region annually. Millions. Per club. It's documented.

    And many of the members using EBT are making those purchases with tax free business accounts.

    Which, currently, is inexplicably completely legal. Top EBT items are bottled water cases (great resale item), 36 count snickers bars (another great resale item), and monster energy drink.



    Millions. Per store in my region.
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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinKohler View Post
    Huge. Millions in snap funds are funneled into each BJs Wholesale club in my region annually. Millions. Per club. It's documented.

    And many of the members using EBT are making those purchases with tax free business accounts.

    Which, currently, is inexplicably completely legal. Top EBT items are bottled water cases (great resale item), 36 count snickers bars (another great resale item), and monster energy drink.



    Millions. Per store in my region.
    Link please.
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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Link please.
    There is no link, BJs is a private company, as such, the breakdown of their business is not made public ally available.

    I know it because it's my job to know. Just gonna have to take my word. Sorry.
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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocketman View Post
    A federal appeals court has rejected the Obama Administration's attempt to keep secret the government's data on how much individual retailers take in from the food stamp program.

    In a ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit turned down the U.S. Department of Agriculture's arguments that a provision in federal law protecting retailers' application information from disclosure also barred disclosure of how much the feds pay out to specific businesses.

    "Because the retailer spending information is not 'submit[ted]' by 'an applicant retail food store or wholesale food concern...' the information is not exempt from disclosure. The department, not any retailer, generates the information, and the underlying data is 'obtained' from third-party payment processors, not from individual retailers," Chief Judge William Jay Riley wrote in an opinion joined by Judges Steven Colloton and Jane Kelly.

    (Also on POLITICO: The new faces of food stamps)

    The judges acted on an appeal filed by South Dakota's Argus Leader newspaper after the USDA turned down the paper's Freedom of Information Act request for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program payments to individual retailers on an annual basis from 2005 to 2010. A district court judge agreed with the federal government's argument that part of the food stamp program statute barred such disclosure, making the data exempt from FOIA.

    Court rejects Obama Administration secrecy on food stamps - POLITICO.com
    In light of things like this, it is amazing how conservatives can justify corporate money in politics.
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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    In light of things like this, it is amazing how conservatives can justify corporate money in politics.
    no worse than the millions and millions of dollars pumped to the democratic party by unions even though not all the people in the union agree with it.

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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by ludin View Post
    no worse than the millions and millions of dollars pumped to the democratic party by unions even though not all the people in the union agree with it.
    Except that it is corporate money that puts things like the OP in motion, which is on topic, and not union money, which is therefore off topic. Conservative's answer to the problem of money in politics was what? To have crippled the minor faction and to have strengthened the more diabolical faction. Pathetic.
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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    Except that it is corporate money that puts things like the OP in motion, which is on topic, and not union money, which is therefore off topic. Conservative's answer to the problem of money in politics was what? To have crippled the minor faction and to have strengthened the more diabolical faction. Pathetic.
    Interesting that quite a few conservatives think lobbyists should be banned. I think you need to redefine your definition of 'conservatives'.
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    Re: Court rejects secrecy for food stamp numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    In light of things like this, it is amazing how conservatives can justify corporate money in politics.
    The constitution does, that damn pesky free speech part.

    http://media.ca8.uscourts.gov/opndir/14/01/123765P.pdf

    Here is the ruling.

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