- Occupy Television: Members of the Occupy movement are trying to counter the impact of super PAC spending with a relaunched effort to crowd fund TV time. (Tech President)
- Workers PAC hears voices online: The AFL-CIO’s Worker’s Voice PAC is launching a web platform with the intent of allowing its members to have a say in how the PAC spends its money. (Tech President)
- Dems dig for gold in Texas: Democrats from around the country have found fertile fundraising ground in Texas. They are tapping old school Democrats as well as newer progressives moving to the state’s growing cities from around America. (Politico)
- Citizens say “expand digital government”: A recent global survey indicates that the public wants more digital government services, such as emergency alerts, but are less interested in mobile apps and websites. (Federal Computer Week)
- Philadelphia embraces open data: The City of Brotherly Love is joining the growing group of municipalities embracing open data, with an executive order signed by Mayor Michael Nutter (D). (Gov Fresh)
- McConnell vs. disclosure: A bill that would require Senators to file their campaign finance reports electronically is gaining momentum. But, Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has blocked similar bills in the past. (Federal Computer Week)
- Grassley gets his way? Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) agreed to release his holds on two nominees to the Federal Communications Commission after the FCC released documents related the LightSquared, the controversial telecommunications firm. Grassley slammed the Commission for a lack of transparency. (The Hill)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED
- H.R. 4481. Veterans Affairs Employee Accountability Act. Referred to the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.
- H.R. 4472. Government Spending Accountability Act. Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
HAPPENING THIS WEEK 4/30-5/4
- PMO Leaders Conference on Parliamentary Transparency and Networking. Mon. 4/30 – Wed. 5/2. National Democratic Institute. 455 Massachusetts Ave NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20001.
- ‘Get it Online’ Lunch & Learn with National Review’s Jim Geraghty. Press Club. Mon. 4/30. 11:45 am. 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, McClendon Room, Washington, DC 20045.
- The New African Democracy: Information Technology and Political Participation – Day 1. SAIS. Tues. 5/1. 8:45 am – 2:00 pm. 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- Release of “Freedom of the Press 2012” Findings. Freedom House. Tues. 5/1. 9:30 am. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.
- TechAmerica Congressional Briefing on “Big Data”. Wed. 5/2. 10:00-11:30 am. Capitol Visitor Center, East Capitol St, NE and 1st St, NE Washington, DC 20004.
Policy Fellow Matt Rumsey wrote this post.