"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," Northern Illinois Patriots wrote in their announcement. "Adam promised he would post 'every dime online in real time.'"
Despite a close loss on Primary Election Day in 2010, Adam founded OpenTheBooks.com to fulfill his campaign pledge. Today, OpenTheBooks.com contains 1 billion lines of government spending with the goal of acquiring 2 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; 41/50 states checkbook vendor spending; 36/50 states with public salaries and/or pensions; and all federal campaign donations since 1979.