Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is the week’s final look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- President Obama reached a unique milestone on his trip to New York this week. He has now held over 100 fundraisers in less than a year. (New York Times)
- Major political donors are seeing a return on their investment this election cycle. Many mega-donors are seeing their favorite issues getting play from super PACs and candidates. (Politico)
- An un-publicized club of large Democratic donors is fighting an internal battle over its shift from funding think-tanks and policy projects to making direct political donations. Some members are threatening to leave the cluband few have personally donated to pro-Obama super PACs. (Politico)
- Rep. John Larson (D-CT) lost his chief of staff to Airlines for America. Shelley Rubino will be the group’s vice president of global government affairs. (Roll Call)
- Republican strategist and former hill staffer Ken Lundberg is setting up his own PR shop. Sixth Street Group will focus on health care, energy, and technology issues. (National Journal)
- The 2012 TED prize is being dedicated to the concept of “The City 2.0” and will be distributed to local projects including an online platform to crowdsource ideas for improving the 21st century city. (Tech President)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/2:
Relevant bills introduced:
- Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World. Heritage. 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Lehrman Auditorium, The Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC.
- Measuring and Combating Corruption in the 21st Century. SAIS. 12:30 – 2:oo pm. The Rome Building, Room 200, 1619 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC.
- DC Datadive with Data Without Borders (Day 1 of 3). Data Without Borders. 7:00 PM. The New America Foundation, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 200365.
- Senate Briefing: DEMOS/U.S. PIRG super PAC research. Sen. Jeff Merkley. 10:30 am. G11 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
- House Briefing: DEMOS/U.S. PIRG super PAC research. Rep. Hank Johnson. 2:00 pm. 1629 Longworth House Office Building.