2Day in #OpenGov 9/27/2012




  • From earmark bans to ethics charges: Democrats filed an ethics complaint against Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). They alleged Akin changed his position on an earmark ban in exchange for fundraising from a conservative political action committee — something that would break House rules and campaign finance laws. (National Journal)
  • Find your government at … Facebook.com: Some county and municipal governments are turning to Facebook as a main platform for connecting with citizens. There are mixed feelings among government officials, however, about just how useful the platform is and how much of a role it should play. (Government Technology)
  • Regulators prep for derivatives deadline: Officials at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) are working to sort through a slew of derivatives regulations that are set to take effect this October. The looming reforms are the result of efforts to rein in the derivatives market issues that were at the heart of the 2007 and 2009 financial crises. (Politico)
  • Super PACs start second act: Super PACs are finding another way to influence politics, extending their reach into the lobbying realm. The groups are discovering they can put the heat on politicians with an aim toward advancing their special interest agenda.  (Politico)
  • Lobbyists still banned from advisory boards:  The Obama administration’s ban on lobbyists serving on advisory panels was upheld by a federal judge. A group of six lobbyists had filed the lawsuit, hoping to serve on affected boards and committees. (Washington Post)
  • K Street on wheels: With Congress out of town, K Street lobbyists have also fled DC for “in-district work periods.” Several lobbying groups are dispatching people from their DC offices to work on state issues near and dear to their pocketbooks. (Roll Call)
  • Justice deputy jumps to banking: Department of Justice Deputy Chief Information Security Officer Holly Ridgeway has left the agency to take a job with PNC Bank. (FedScoop)
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