Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.
Here is the week’s first look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Despite Democratic fears that super PACs could help the eventual Republican presidential candidate far outspend supporters of President Obama’s reelection, the President and his allies currently hold a significant cash advantage over Mitt Romney and his backers. (Washington Post)
- Congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) might be rethinking the position that she took on an anti-super PAC pledge. She rejected super PACs in her primary race, but left he door open to supporting an outside group organizing to defeat Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), her district’s Republican nominee. (Politico)
- More than 60 of President Obama’s biggest financial supporters visited the White House more than once. This seems to be a reversal from policy earlier in the President’s tenure when donors claimed to be kept at arms length from the White House. (National Journal)
- A House Subcommittee looks likely to vote in favor of the Global Online Freedom Act. The bill aims to prevent U.S. companies from helping foreign nations limit internet freedom. (The Hill)
- A House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee was supportive of the new FOIA portal being developed by the EPA, NARA, and Department of Commerce at a hearing last week. (POGO)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/26-3/30:
- Budget Hearing: U.S. House of Representatives. Appropriations. Tues. 3/27. 10:00 am. HT-2 Capitol. Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.
- Budget Hearing: General Services Administration. Appropriations. Tues. 3/27. 10:00 am. 2362A RHOB. Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government.
- Markup: H.R. 3862, Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2012 and others. Judiciary. Tues. 3/27. 10:00 am. 2141 RHOB. Full Committee.
- How NOAA Procures Data for Weather Forecasting. Science, Space, and Technology. Wed. 3/28. 2:00 pm. 2318 RHOB. Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment.
- Federally Funded Research: examining public access and scholarly publication interests. Science, Space, and Technology. Thurs. 3/29. 10:00 am. 2318 RHOB.
- Assessing efforts to combat waste and fraud in Federal programs. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Wed. 3/28. 2:30 pm. 342 DSOB. Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security.
- Hearing to examine S.2219, to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities. Rules and Administration. Thurs. 3/29. 10:00 am. 301 RSOB. Full Committee
Relevant bills introduced:
- S.2219. DISCLOSE Act of 2012. Referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration.
- Blueprint for Accountability: The Wall Street Washington Connection. Georgetown. Tues. 3/27. 7:00 pm. Webcast.
- Information Technologies and the Russian Elections: Does the Internet Matter? HRC. Wed. 3/28. 9:00 – 11:30 am. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave, NW, Equality Forum Room, Washington, DC 20036.
- Rule of Law Conference: Exploring Trends in Promoting the Rule of Law. ABA. Wed. 3/28. 12:30-7:00 pm. Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Resevoir Road, NW, Washington, DC.
- A Responsive and Efficient Government: The Case for Case Management. Government Executive. Thurs. 3/29. 7:30 – 10:30 am. Ronald Reagan Building, Hemisphere Room, Concourse Level, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004.
- Dialogue on the Future of Content 2020. Aspen Institute. Thurs. 3/29. 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Aspen Institute, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036.
- Technology, Community and Public Interest Research: Open Sourcing the Global Integrity Report. SAIS. Fri. 3/30. 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Rome Building Auditorium, Rome Building, SAIS, 1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036.