2Day in #OpenGov 7/16/2012

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NEWS ROUNDUP:

DISCLOSE 2012

  • DISCLOSE Act to be voted on in Senate today: At 5:30 p.m. today, the Senate will make a cloture vote on DISCLOSE 2012, a piece of legislation requiring comprehensive disclosure of large campaign donations. (The Hill)
  • Pro-Ron-Paul group claims DISCLOSE hurts privacy, could cause harassment: The libertarian group Campaign for Liberty sent out an email claiming that the DISCLOSE Act will prompt government meddling with the group’s efforts to repeal the Patriot Act and eliminate the TSA. However, the government already collects the information the group is afraid of releasing; the DISCLOSE Act would just make certain amounts of it public if the group were to release an advertisement. (Republic Report)
  • Opinion: McConnell misinterprets Citizens United by opposing DISCLOSE: Despite an 8-1 decision supporting disclosure by the Supreme Court in its Citizens United decision, Mitch McConnell still claims disclosure requirements found in DISCLOSE hurts free speech. In fact, the author claims, this assertion goes wholly against the ruling and the provisions it suggested. (Politico)

Government

  • FOIA requests provide glimpses at internal Treasury Department probes: Tales of prostitution and acceptance of corporate gifts within the Treasury Department were revealed due to a Freedom of Information Act request that asked for information from the department’s Office of the Inspector General. (The Hill)
  • STOCK Act opposition adds new members: Foreign Service officers: The American Foreign Service Association have echoed the security complaints of numerous other groups who have deemed the disclosure requirements found in the STOCK Act as potentially dangerous. (Government Executive)

State/Local

  • N.J. attorney general record release refusal results in lawsuit: In response the withholding of certain records by the state’s Attorney General Office, the ACLU of New Jersey has filed a suit to gain access to this information, which they claim is unlawfully hidden. (NorthJersey.com)
  • Minnesota campaign finance regulators hit state Republican Party with fines: Because it set up a corporation to pay itself for the 2010 state gubernatorial recount—a corporation that did not need to disclose its spending—the Minnesota Republican Party was fined $33,000 by regulators for breaking campaign finance laws. The party still owes law firms involved with the recount nearly $600,000. (Pioneer Press)

RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:

  • H.RES.730: Urging the Government of Ukraine to ensure free and fair parliamentary elections on October 28, 2012, by adhering to democratic standards, establishing a transparent electoral process and releasing opposition leaders sentenced on politically motivated grounds. Referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

HAPPENING THIS WEEK 7/16 – 7/20:

Events

Hearings

JOB OPPORTUNITIES:

  • None.

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