- Lobbying revenues have declined for the past two years along with the total number of registered lobbyists. These numbers might make it seem like K Street is slowing down, but unregistered lobbyists are keeping the influence world alive. (Roll Call)
- The administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy called for better data about government purchases at a recent panel discussion. (GovExec)
- Big donors are sometimes looking to buy their way to a diplomatic post. A new paper looks at how much money it takes to be appointed to certain positions. (New York Times)
- President Obama's campaign group continued to receive millions of dollars in contributions after the election, according to recent campaign finance disclosures. (Roll Call)
- NASA has launched a second International Space Apps Challenge encouraging developers to contribute code to the space agency's projects. (O'Reilly Radar)
- Texas has approved letting people make campaign donations through text messages, making it the third state to approve such an option. (Roll Call)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
HAPPENING THIS WEEK 2/4-2/8:
- Fighting for Internet Freedom: Dubai and Beyond. House Energy and Commerce and Foreign Affairs Committees. Tues. 2/5. 10:30 am. 2123 Rayburn House Office Building.
- Reclaiming the American Dream. NYU. Tues. 2/5. 6:30 pm. Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L Street NW, Washington, DC.
- Increasing the Pace of Budget Transparency. International Finance Corporation and the World Bank Institute. Tues. 2/5. 8:30 am - 11:00 am. 2121 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Auditorium, Washington, DC.