TGIF! Here is Friday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Despite efforts of the bank lobby, the Senate defeated a bill that would have delayed the implementation of new rules limiting credit card fees. (Wall Street Journal)
- Public entities spent almost $7.5 million in the last fiscal year on contracts with lobbyists hired to monitor and influence state officials, according to the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform’s anual survey. (PR NewsWire)
- Despite a new job with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce promoting ways to limit government regulation, former Sen. Evan Bayh says he is not a lobbyist. (Indy Star)
- Money spent on issue-oriented advertising by third-party lobbying groups has increased by 754 percent in the last three years – from $2.2 million in 2008 to $18.8 million to 2010, according to a new CommonCause/New York analysis. (Rochester Business Journal)
- The FEC rejected Facebook’s request to be completely exempt from campaign disclosure laws regarding Facebook advertisements, ruling that while the ad itself does not need a full disclaimer, the landing page the ad leads to does. (Daily Kos)
- The former president of NKS Distributors, Inc. has pled guilty to violating campaign finance laws by reimbursing employees for certain political contributions. (Roll Call $)
- ACE Insurance Litigation Watch plans to archive up-to-date insurance regulatory documents from the federal government as well as the states that have been obtained through FOIA for free and easy public access. (Business Wire)
- The Washington Post and the New York Times are crowdsourcing an analysis of the newly released Sarah Palin emails.
- The FCC has released a new report, “Information Needs of Communities,” making recommendations for how the information needs of communities can be met using new digital technologies. (FCC) Recommendations include increased disclosure from broadcasters and C-SPAN-like networks in each state. (Government Executive)
- The health care data community needs to increase innovation to help improve national health outcomes and lower costs, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (Federal Computer Week)
- Over 30 government websites participated in a test of new internet technology, IPv6, yesterday. (Federal Computer Week)
- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel publicly posted the salaries of every city employee online in an attempt to increase the city government’s transparency. (ABC News)
- The St. Charles, Missouri city council has launched Discover St. Charles, a YouTube channel (with accompanying iPhone and Android apps) that delivers government updates to citizens through short video clips. (GovFresh)
- Lobbying in Poland is difficult to track because regulation focuses solely on professional lobbyists and consultants, leaving the activities of businessmen and other advocates completely out of public view. (EurActiv)
- Despite requesting that shipyards avoid using registered lobbyists in an attempt to gain government funding through a massive shipbuilding program, some Canadian MPs and senators have been holding meetings with shipyard lobbyists. (The Canadian Press)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/10:
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 6/10:
- Be a Better Lobbyist. Washington International Trade Association. Fri. 6/10-Sat. 6/11. 12:00-1:30pm. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC. 20004.