Supreme Court Rules Against South Dakota Newspaper Looking for Food Stamp Fraud Data

The decision “effectively gives businesses relying on taxpayer dollars the ability to decide for themselves what data the public will see about how that money is spent.”

(Maribel Wadsworth, President USA Today Network)

In a case that has been working its way through the court system for at least eight years, a majority ruling by the Court decided in favor of businesses and the government and thus says the government does not have to release to the public any information that would shine a light on possible food stamp fraud by the thousands of small stores that participate in the massive federally-funded SNAP program.

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I can’t believe that I am on the same side as Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the mainstream media in a case involving the Freedom of Information Act.

The Supremes led by Justice Gorsuch ruled that we, who pay for the food stamp program, have no right to know how much of our money is going to businesses that participate.

(See my posts here and at RRW about egregious food stamp fraud cases).

The Trump Administration argued for the right of businesses to keep their government funding secret.

I’m not a lawyer, but wonder if the ruling would apply to the refugee contractors and those big companies caring for ‘asylum seekers’ or any other business that lives off of taxpayer dollars!  Will they now have a high court decision that would prohibit us from learning about their pipeline to the federal treasury?

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