Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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No more "Bulldogging" people on Brett Mandel's budget web site.

We here at PhillyClout world headquarters were having some fun a little more than a week ago when we coined a term for politicians and city employees using a new online budget tool from City Controller candidate Brett Mandel to look themselves up. It sounded like Googling yourself. And Mandel's mascot is a bulldog. So we said people in City Hall now had to "bulldog themselves."

No more "Bulldogging" people on Brett Mandel's budget web site.

We here at PhillyClout world headquarters were having some fun a little more than a week ago when we coined a term for politicians and city employees using a new online budget tool from City Controller candidate Brett Mandel to look themselves up.  It sounded like Googling yourself.  And Mandel's mascot is a bulldog.  So we said people in City Hall now had to "bulldog themselves."

Sadly, that is no more.  Mandel tells Technically Philly on Monday that he has taken down individual city employee salary information in a show of "abundant" caution.  Apparently the easy access to information that is public by law made some people queasy.

You can still hunt the web site for curiosities from the fiscal year 2012 city budget.  Let us know if you find something fun.

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Chris Brennan, a native Philadelphian and graduate of Temple University, joined the Daily News in 1999. He has written about SEPTA, the Philadelphia School District, the legalization of casino gambling, state government, the mayor, the governor, City Council and political campaigns. E-mail tips to brennac@phillynews.com
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Jenny DeHuff is a 2005 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she cut her teeth in journalism. A South Philly transplant from New England, she joined the Daily News City Hall Bureau in 2013. For the past several years, she has worked as an investigative reporter exposing corruption in suburban politics, covering sometimes ghastly criminal court cases and following the people’s money and how its spent. In addition to being a dogged news hound, she enjoys reading and writing about travel, animals, Irish whiskey and aviation. E-mail tips to dehuffj@phillynews.com
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