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.
- 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 $)
- 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)
- The Justice Department recovered $2.8 billion dollars thanks to whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act. (POGO)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/22:
Relevant bills introduced: