2Day in #OpenGov 6/25/2012

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

State/Local

  • Campaign finance reform in Connecticut unlikely: An impasse between Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and the state’s legislature has made the chance of passing a campaign finance law slim. The two parties differ on the perceived role of the public financing of elections. (Connecticut Mirror)
  • In Vermont, no increase in PAC contribution limits: A suit by a Vermont political action committee declaring the state’s campaign finance laws overbroad and unconstitutional has been rejected by a federal judge, keeping the contribution limit of $2,000 intact. This decision, however, depended mightily on the too-strong relationship between the PAC and its associated group, the Vermont Right to Life Committee. (Lobby Comply Blog)

International

  • Nigeria to release finances of national legislators: The Federal High Court of Nigeria has ruled that the National Assembly is required to report the earnings of all legislators in the assembly amid accusations of their massive overpayment. (Sahara Reporters)
  • New Hungarian website streamlines FOIA requests: Using the same platform as the popular British website WhatDoTheyKnow, Hungary has created a site for users to more easily submit Freedom of Information requests. (Global Voices)
  • Groundbreaking transparency laws passed in Hamburg: A new set of transparency laws passed in Hamburg, Germany, places the legal obligation of public information publication onto the entities that hold the information, which includes not only the government but also bodies that are publicly owned but privately legal. (Transparency International)

Government

  • Analysis finds disturbing intersection of stock trades and lobbied legislation in Congress: Between $85 and $218 million dollars of stocks of companies that registered to lobby have been traded by 130 federal lawmakers between 2007 and 2010, and these potentially conflicted trades made up almost an eighth of all congressional stock activity in this time period. (Washington Post)
  • FOIA request about targeted killings denied by DOJ: Arguing that such disclosure could threaten national security, the Department of Justice has, on behalf of the Obama administration, rejected a FOIA request by the ACLU asking to reveal information about targeted killings abroad, which the group claims violates international and U.S. law. (JURIST)
  • Montana campaign finance limits struck down by US Supreme Court: A 5-4 ruling (split across partisan lines) by the United States Supreme Court nullified Montana’s limit on campaign contributions, saying that the laws go against the Citizens United ruling. (Politico)

RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:

  • S.3310. Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012. Referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.
  • S.3312. A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reform the system of public financing for Presidential elections, and for other purposes. Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.

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