2Day in #OpenGov 12/22/2011

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Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

I’m heading home for the holidays tomorrow, so here is the weeks last  look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Lobbying

  • Governor Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) plans to rejoin the lobbying firm that he co-founded once his term expires next month. He also holds a fundraising and advisory position with the Karl Rove affiliated American Crossroads Super PAC. (The Hill)
  • Some Republican lobbyists are using their time off this holiday season to support their favorite presidential candidates in the early primary states. (Roll Call $)
Ethics
  • Jack Abramoff is set to speak during an ethics training held for Kentucky Lawmakers. His fee is $5,000 plus expenses. (Lobby Comply)
  • Navigating gift-related ethics rules can be so confusing during the holiday season that many lawmakers and their staff skip gatherings at this time of year. (Washington Post)
Government
  • The Justice Department recovered $2.8 billion dollars thanks to whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. (POGO)
International
  • A Palestinian organization tied to Transparency International organized a series of events to mark International Anti-Corruption day. (Transparency.org)
  • The American Ambassador to Nepal, Scott H. DeLisi, has used his facebook page to reach out to the Nepali media and public. (Nepali Voices)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/22:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 12/22:
  • None.

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