Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is 2011’s last look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events. Have a happy new year, see you in 2012!
- 2011 was a busy year in the open government community. Take some time out today to reflect on some of the highlights. (O’Reilly Radar)
- Best Buy promoted a senior director of government relations to be their new vice president of government relations. The company has spent increasing amounts of money on lobbying over the past 10 years and now consistently spend over $1 million a year. (National Journal)
- President Obama’s reelection campaign could be the first in history to raise $1 billion. Although, campaign spokesman are denying that goal and arguing that most donations come in small denominations. (Politico)
- The Colorado Secretary of State issued a new rule that would require candidates in 2012 primary elections to file campaign finance reports on a biweekly basis starting January 30. The state General Assembly still has to consider the rule. (Lobby Comply)
- Citizens for a Working America, a Super PAC that had originally pledged to support Michelle Bachmann’s presidential bid, is spending at least $475,000 in Iowa on behalf of Mitt Romney. (The Daily)
- Spending in Michigan Congressional and State Supreme Court elections is expected to top $100 million this year, with much of the money likely to come from special interest groups. (Lobby Comply)
- The Egyptian government raided the offices of numerous International and Egyptian non-profits and NGOs without warrant or explanation. (NDI)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 12/30:
Relevant bills introduced: