- Oshkosh Wisconsin manages to make information from across 12 city departments publicly available online for less than $9,000 per year. (Government Technology)
- The snow storm that wasn't prevented some members of Congress from performing one of their most essential duties, fundraising, yesterday. At least three Members postponed fundraisers due to the threat of weather. (Politico)
- Two of the most powerful men in Georgia (the country) waged an expensive proxy war in Washington last year. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and billionaire turned prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili spent almost $5 million in Washington as they battled for power in elections last year. (The Hill)
- Former Rep. Laura Richardson missed a December deadline to pay a $10,000 fine for ethics violations. According to her lawyer, Richardson has arranged a plan to pay off the fine she received for forcing her congressional staff to perform personal and campaign tasks and then attempting to obstruct the related investigation. (National Journal)
- Hudson Hollister, executive director of the Data Transparency Coalition and former congressional staffer, has registered to lobby for his group. The coalition, whose members include technology firms, pushes for the federal government to institute consistent data standards. (Public Integrity)
- Mitt Romney has a new job with his son Tagg's investment firm Solamere Capital. Romney will serve part time as chairman of the firm's executive committee. (Washington Post)
- Former Senate Minority Whip John Kyl has a new job at Covington & Burling as the firm moves to expand its public policy practice. The recently retired Kyl will advise clients as he runs out the clock on his two year lobbying cooling off period.(Politico)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
HAPPENING TODAY 3/7:
- Corporate accountability, access to credit, and access to markets in China's financial system - the rules and their ramifications for US investors. US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Constitution Ave and 1st Street NW, Washington, DC.
- Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think. New America Foundation. 9:30 - 10:30 am. 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036.
HAPPENING TOMORROW 3/8:
- Tech@State: Internet Freedom. George Washington Law. 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sat. 3/9. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 805 21st Street NW, Jack Morton Auditiorum, Washington, DC 20052.
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