2Day in #OpenGov 4/24/2012



Campaign Finance

  • Berkeley won’t like Adelson when he’s angry: Billionaire Sheldon Adelson spent $20 million to support the fading presidential run of his friend Newt Gingrich. Signs show that he might shift his focus to attacking longtime enemy Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) as she runs for Senate. (Politico)
  • The Mystery of Mitt’s Secret Donors: A married couple who are among Mitt Romney’s top donors in Florida have also given $400,000 to Restore our Future, his main super PAC, through a company that they are involved with. The super PAC appeared reluctant to reveal the identity of the couple behind the donation. (Yahoo/AP)


  • Barbour’s back: Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has returned to the lobbying firm that he founded in 1991. In the first quarter he lobbied for an online sales tax that he favored as governor. (The Hill)
  • Google’s official non-position on CISPA: According to lobbying filings Google has been working the Hill on the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, but they have not announced an official position. But, according to Mike Rogers (R-Mich), the company has been “supportive” of CISPA. (The Hill)


  • World wiki data: Wikidata, a new project by Wikimedia Germany, hopes to be an open data repository for the world’s knowledge that can be accessed and edited by humans and machines alike. (Open Knowledge Foundation)
  • Spain still far from transparent: Spain’s draft freedom of information law has been subject to criticism by European activists since it was announced. Last week it continued to draw negative comments as Spanish officials presented it at the Open Government Partnership conference in Brasilia. (Tech President)


  • S. 2337. A bill to require that Federal regulations use plan writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience. Referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.



  • The Future of Online Video Content. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 10:00 am. 253 RSOB. Full Committee Hearing.
  • FCC Budget and Resource Needs. Senate Appropriations Committee. 2:30 pm. 138 DSOB. Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee Hearing.
  • Electronic Filing of Senate Campaign Reports. Senate Rules and Administration Committee. 9:30 am. 301 RSOB. Full committee Hearing.
  • SEC Oversight. House Financial Services Committee. 10:00 am. 2128 RHOB. Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises Subcommittee Hearing.
  • Mapping & Data For JournalistsNational Press Club. 12:00 pm. 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Zenger Room, Washington, DC 20045.

Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.

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