- 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)
- 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)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED
HAPPENING TODAY 5/16
- FCC Oversight. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 2:30 pm. 253 RSOB. Full Committee Hearing.
- Hatch Act: Options for Reform. House Oversight and Government Reform. 9:30 am. 2247 RHOB. Federal Workforce, US Postal Service, and Labor Policy Subcommittee hearing.
- Tax Exempt Organizations Oversight. House Ways and Means. 10:00 am. 1100 LHOB. Oversight Subcommittee Hearing.
- Knowledge and Innovation: Understanding Public Access to Research. Brookings. 2:00-3:30 pm. Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW 5/17
- Homeland Security Department Ethical Standards. House Homeland Security. 9:30 am. 311 CHOB. Oversight, Investigations, and Management Subcommittee hearing.
- Digital Diplomacy: A New Era of Advancing Policy. CEIP. Thurs. 9:00-10:30 am. Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- Does Electronic Reporting of Emissions Information Generate Environmental Benefits? Resources for the Future. Thurs. 12:00-1:30 pm. 1616 P Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
- Webinar: All Points of the Compass – Global Legal Collections, Research, and Reference Services at the Law Library of Congress. FedLink/LoC. 2:00-3:00 pm.