2Day in #OpenGov 3/14/2012


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:

Campaign Finance

  • Shortly after the formation of a new super PAC supporting George Allen (R) in his bid for the Senate, his likely Democratic rival Tim Kaine has asked Allen to abide by a “No Secret Money” pledge to ensure disclosure of all donors. Allen quickly dismissed the proposal. (Washington Post)
  • Democratic super PAC priorities USA managed to raise $2 million in February, the first month since President Obama endorsed donations to the group. (Politico)


  • A Justice Department official testified at a Senate hearing in favor of denying public disclosures of material about cybersecurity, critical U.S. computer networks, industrial plants, pipelines and more. (Washington Post)
  • Government Attic published tens of thousands of FOIA records requested by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)’s committee as part of an investigation by the congressman into the federal government’s responsiveness to Freedom of Information requests. Rep. Issa had asked 180 agencies for five years worth of logs detailing who made FOIA requests, what documents they were seeking, and when responses were issued.   (New York Times)
  • Opinion: Senator John Cornyn argues that the Obama Administration has ushered in an “unprecedented level of obstruction regarding the Freedom of Information Act”. (Politico)
  • Google and the World Bank have declined to release information on their deal that would promote Google Map Maker data to foreign governments. (Global Integrity)
  • El Salvadorians took to the internet to cover and analyze municipal and legislative elections that took place on March 11. (Global Voices)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/14:

  • Hearings to examine Congress, focusing on reform proposals for the 21st century. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. 10:00 am. 342 DSOB. Full committee hearing.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.
Transparency events scheduled for 3/14:

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