Here is Thursday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- President Obama nominated big-time fundraiser and supporter Robert A. Mandell as ambassador to Luxembourg. (iWatch News)
- Senators Ron Johnson and Marco Rubio selected their chiefs of staffs from the same K Street lobbying firm. (ThinkProgress)
Access to Information
- The Department of Education released data on the costs of U.S. colleges so that students and families can compare tuitions. (The New York Times)
- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics called on the FBI to investigate Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA) for allegedly requiring her congressional staff members to work at campaign events; Richardson’s spokesperson vigorously denied the accusations. (TPM)
- The F.E.C. voted unanimously Thursday to allow politicians and candidates to solicit up to $5000 for Super PACs. (Sunlight Reporting Group)
State and Local Government
- The Cleveland Coalition will welcome Sunlight co-founder Ellen Miller to discuss issues of government transparency in Cuyahoga County at the Transparency Action Summit on Thursday and Friday. (The Plain Dealer)
- California State senators introduced legislation to limit gifts that lobbyists can give to elected officials. (The Californian)
- Opinion: Delaware should create a thirteen-member lobbyist ethics panel. (Delaware Online)
- Opinion: Saskatchewan will soon stand as the only Canadian province without accountability laws for lobbyists — this must change for the sake of transparency and good governance. (The Star Phoenix)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/30:
- Financial Fraud Enforcement Oversight. Judiciary Committee: Subcommittee Hearing on Administrative Oversight and Courts. 10 am. 226 DSOB.
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 6/30:
- F.E.C. Reviewal of Draft Advisory Opinion 2011-11: Mr. Stephen Colbert; and Draft Advisory Opinion 2011-12: Majority PAC and House Majority PAC. Federal Election Commission. 10:00 am. 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC (Ninth Floor).