2Day in #OpenGov 4/23/2012



Campaign Finance

  • Super PAC backlash? Endangered Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is fighting immense super PAC spending against her by arguing that she is being targeted by out-of-state special interests. She is betting that voters in Missouri are sick of the flood of outside ad spending this election year. (Washington Post)
  • Big money ads online: President Obama’s campaign spent almost $7 million on online ads in March alone. The number is only slightly less than the Obama campaign spent on digital ads throughout the entire 2008 campaign. (Politico)


  • Congress does little, big business lobbies less… Many of America’s most olitically powerful corporations scaled back their lobbying spending in the first quarter of 2012 as Congress failed to address major issues. (Politico)
  • …Chamber of Commerce picks up the slack: On the other hand, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures over the 1st quarter of 2011. (Roll Call $)
  • Share what you watch: Netflix added lobbying firm Greenberg Traurig to its Washington roster to lobby for an amended video privacy law. Netflix wants to allow users to opt to have their viewing habits automatically shared on social networks. (The Hill)


  • Health and Human Hiring: Planned Parenthood’s former media director, Tait Sye, joined the Department of Health and Human Services as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs. (Politico)
  • What does open government mean to you? 58 attendees at last week’s Open Government Partnership conference in Brazil were asked to answer that question in under 30 seconds. There answers were compiled in a video playlist. (GovFresh)


  • None.



  • The Future of Online Video Content. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Tues. 4/24. 10:00 am. 253 RSOB. Full Committee Hearing.
  • FCC Budget and Resource Needs. Senate Appropriations Committee. Wed. 4/25. 2:30 pm. 138 DSOB. Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Hearing.
  • Electronic Filing of Senate Campaign Reports. Senate Rules and Administration Committee. Wed. 4/25. 9:30 am. 301 RSOB. Full committee Hearing.
  • SEC Oversight. House Financial Services Committee. Wed. 4/25. 10:00 am. 2128 RHOB. Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee Hearing.
  • Pending Business Meeting. House Oversight and Government Reform. Thurs. 4/26. 10:00 am. 2154 RHOB. Full Committee Markup of Pending Business.

Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

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