2Day in #OpenGov 9/29/2011


Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

Here is Thursday’s look at the week’s transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Campaign Finance
  • Republican Presidential candidates are trying to lower expectations for reporting their third quarter fundraising totals to the FEC  in advance of the October 15 deadline. (Washington Post)
  • Super PACs supporting presidential candidates don’t appear to be struggling. A PAC backing Mitt Romney raised $20 million between January and June, and a new PAC supporting Rick Perry hopes to spend more than $50 million to elect the Texas Governor. (National Journal)
  • Campaign watchdogs have asked the IRS to investigate the tax-exempt status of 4 politically engaged groups connected to Super PACs. They claim that the groups use their status to avoid disclosing the identities of major political donors. (National Journal)
  • Experts, including the Sunlight Foundation’s Daniel Schuman, agree that it is difficult to measure the performance of E-Gov programs using regular metrics. However, they disagree on what this should mean for E-Gov funding levels, which are slated to be cut drastically. (Federal Computer Week)
State and Local
  • The San Bernardino County, CA Board of Supervisors has approved a measure to limit donations to local campaigns. (Lobby Comply)
  • The National Association of Government Webmasters has singled out three municipal websites for their high level of  achievement in web design and development. (govfresh)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 9/29:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 9/29:

  •  None.

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