2Day in #OpenGov 8/23/2012



Campaign Finance

  • Text your donation: The Obama campaign is going to start accepting donations via text message. The FEC decided to allow the practice earlier this summer. (Politico)
  • Super PACs cozy with politicans: Last month Karl Rove, who currently heads the GOP outside spending force Crossroads, met with Republican members of Congress in a Capitol office. This is just one of many examples of meetings and contact between politicians and the operatives behind many of the outside spending groups dropping huge sums into this election cycle. (Politico)


  • Presidential Innovation Fellows announced: This morning, The White House officially announced the participants in its first Presidential Innovation Fellows Program. The program is part of the federal governments recently released digital strategy. (FedScoop)
  • SEC to extract disclosures: The SEC adopted rules related to the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation that are intended to promote transparency and fight corruption in the extractive industries. The rules require companies to disclose if their products contain minerals from certain countries and to report all payments made to the U.S. or foreign governments for extraction. (Wall Street Journal)


  • Say No! to Internet restriction in Jordan: Activists in Jordan are taking to YouTube to protest new internet restrictions that were approved by their government this week. The series is called “Say No!”. (Global Voices)
  • Hong Kongruption? An  industry official publicly questioned Hong Kong’s high spot on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, arguing that it is more corrupt than the Scandinavian nations it was ranked near. (TrustLaw)


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