2Day in #OpenGov 1/25/2012


Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

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

News Roundup:



  • A former Lawyer for Newt Gingrich, who advised the politician on how to engage in advocacy without becoming a “lobbyist”, is now the director of government affairs at the American Bar Association, which is trying to expand lobbying disclosure rules. (Roll Call $)
  • The Justice department is losing two lawyers through the revolving door. Justin Shur, former deputy chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division, joined MoloLamken as a partner. Meanwhile, Warren Rosborough, a former trial attorney with the Antitrust Division is joining McDermott Will & Emery as a partner. (The Hill)
  • Watchdog group Public Campaign praised President Obama’s proposal to ban lobbyists from bundling campaign donations, but noted that it does not go far enough. (National Journal)
Campaign Finance
  • President Obama has voluntarily released the names of all his campaign bundlers, while Republican presidential candidates have disclosed only their bundlers who are also registered lobbyists. The information makes for a vivid visualization. (Open Secrets/Center for Responsive Politics)
  • Petitions with over 100,000 signatures were submitted to the White House calling for the President to require that federal contractors disclose their political contributions. (Lobby Comply)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 1/25:


Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 1/25:

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