2Day in #OpenGov 5/16/2012

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NEWS ROUNDUP

Campaign Finance

  • McCain back on campaign finance train? Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is reportedly working with Democrats on an effort to require outside groups to disclose information on the donors that have helped them spend massive amounts on this years elections. (The Hill)
  • Dems try to embrace super PACs: Senate Democrats are embracing super PACs and courting wealthy donors. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his top lieutenants have been working to raise money for Majority PAC, which could help them hold on to their slim majority in the Senate. (Politico)
  • All politics is no longer local: Money from out-of-state donors is dominating congressional races around the country. This might be connected to a nationalization of campaigns and a surge in donations from people at the extremes of the ideological spectrum (NPR)

Government

  • Earmarks aside, powerful still steer funding: The congressional ban on earmarks hasn’t stopped the most powerful lawmakers in Congress from advancing projects that would help their states. (Politico)
  • Speaker.gov/UPGRADE: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) unveiled the overhauled speaker.gov yesterday. The new website prominently features an active blog and encourages social network sharing and comments. It also relies on the open-source Drupal content management system. (Tech President)

State and Local

  • Blogging about lawmaking: More than 50 state lawmakers regularly blog and more are expected to start. Blogging serves as an inexpensive way for lawmakers to engage their constituents. (Pew States)
  • Georgia has high potential for corruption: Georgia’s ethics laws were updated in 2010 following a scandal. But, according to the State Integrity Investigation, it has the highest potential for corruption of any state. (Common Blog)

International

RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED

  • None.

HAPPENING TODAY 5/16

SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW 5/17

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