Citizen Auditors

July 16th, 2010 by Amy

Liberty on the Rocks is proud to host Amy Oliver of the Independence Institute and Mothers Against Debt as she presents her Citizen Auditor training class to citizens across Colorado.

The state is facing a $1 billion budget shortfall. Local governments (including school districts) are claiming poverty. We want to help by encouraging citizens to become active in exposing how the government spends our money and how they can provide cost savings for government.

Become a citizen auditor and win cash!

The Independence Institute will conduct classes to teach concerned citizens how to use the state’s Transparency Online Project (TOP) web site, our Vendor Web site and how to submit a CORA request. They will also touch on local budgets and school districts as well. Using these tools, the Institute will encourage attendees to search for particular expenditures and to get as much detailed information about them as possible in order to win a cash prize. They will be looking for wasteful, outrageous government spending. All entries must include a one-page summary and copies of supporting documents. Entries are due on Friday, October 1st. Voting will take place between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10. Winners will be announced on October 12.

The best examples of wasteful spending that should be/could be cut out of state or local budgets will be posted on the fan pages of both Independence Institute and Mothers Against Debt. Become a fan and vote for your favorite wasteful expenditure. We encourage participants to get others to vote on line as well.


1st place: $ 2500

2nd place: $750

3rd place: $500

Honorable mention: ten prizes $100 each.

For more information and to RSVP please email:

Dates and Locations for training:


Monday, July 26 5 to 7pm Pasquinis Restaurant 8101 E. Belleview Ave. Denver, CO

Grand Junction

Tuesday, July 27 6 to 8 pm Old Mesa County Courthouse

Multipurpose Room 544 Rood Avenue (east entrance) Grand Junction, CO

Colorado Springs

Thursday, July 29 6 to 8pm Rockrimmon Library, 832 Village Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO


Thursday, August 12 5:30 to 7:30pm McGraff’s Restaurant 1602 East Eisenhower Blvd. Loveland, CO