2Day in #OpenGov 9/18/2012




  • Finally, some disclosure: Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) released their financial disclosure statements over the weekend. The two were the last Senators to file their disclosures, which were initially due in May. (Legistorm)
  • Revolving door to the grocery store: The Grocery Manufacturers Association poached their new vice president of federal affairs, Michael Gruber, from the House Energy and Commerce Committee where he was working as a senior policy adviser. (Roll Call)
Campaign Finance
  • Unlimited money concerns: According to a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC News, around 75% of voters are concerned about the ability of corporations, unions, and wealthy individuals to finance campaign ads. Liberals tend to be more concerned than conservatives about the increased spending this election year. (Washington Post)
  • Stand down Schneiderman: Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the top Republicans on their respective chamber’s tax committees, are insisting that New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stop his investigation into the financial records of nearly 2 dozen tax-exempt groups that have spent millions on this years election. The two claim that his attempts to get tax information directly from the groups violates privacy law. (Politico)
  • Spreading the super PAC wealth: Super PACs supporting Republicans in races for the House of Representatives are spending $7 million in the coming days to boost candidates, and attack Nancy Pelosi, in the Midwest, California, Texas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Massachusetts. (Politico)
  • Blogger missing in Mexico: Ruy Salgado, founder of the prominent Mexican anti-corruption blog el5uantario, has been missing since September 8th. According to Reporters Without Borders, freedom of the press has seen serious setbacks since elections in July.  (Tech President)


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