2Day in #OpenGov 3/13/2012

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Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

Here is Tuesday’s take on transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.

News Roundup:

Campaign Finance

  • The Campaign for Primary Accountability has some new competition in the anti-incumbent super PAC business. Restart Congress is technically dedicated to advancing the idea of term limits, but their chairman, game show host Chuck Woolery, has spoken in favor of replacing every current member of Congress. (Roll Call $)
  • Former Governor George Allen (R-VA) now has a super PAC dedicated to electing him the the U.S. Senate. The Independence Virginia Political Action Committee hopes to raise $2-3 million. (Politico)

Government

  • Two top White House officials kicked off Sunshine Week with a blog post touting the transparency-related initiatives of the Obama Administration. (Government Executive)
  • The Society of Professional Journalists found that federal agencies often hinder and restrict journalists when they try to conduct interviews with staff. (Government Executive)
  • The White House has reversed a longstanding tradition of releasing information about the wine being served at state dinners. The disclosures may have been stopped amid concerns about the slow economic recovery. (Bloomberg)
Lobbying
  • After losing several contracts to conflict issues, Facebook is restocking their pantry of outside lobbyists. They recently signed law firm Steptoe & Johnson, who has sent former Rep. John Shadegg (R-AZ) and others to lobby on the internet giant’s behalf. (Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/13:

  • Hearings to examine FOIA, focusing on safeguarding critical infrastructure information and the public’s right to know. 10:30 am. 226 DSOB. Full committee hearing.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 3/13:
  • D.C. Open Government Summit. Press Club. Conference Rooms, The National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045.

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