2Day in #OpenGov 10/12/12




  • Directive aims to protect whistleblowers: A new Presidential Policy Directive aims to protect government employees in the intelligence community who disclose fraud, abuse or waste. Without a law from Congress, however, there is still no enforcement of free speech for whistleblowers.  (Washington Post)
  • Groups battle for Manning trial access: The highest military court is hearing a case from groups asking for more access to the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the alleged leaker of information to WikiLeaks. The groups are asking for court orders and other records in the case to be made public. (Politico)
Campaign finance
  • Both candidates raise funds abroad: What do Ireland, South Korea and China have in common? President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney’s campaigns are holding fundraising events in those countries, among others, in the month before the election.  (Washington Post)
  • Dueling claims of being outraised: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s campaigns have claimed to be outraised by each other. Incidentally, these claims are being made while hitting up potential donors. (Washington Post)
  • Outside spending benefiting Romney: Some 70 percent of outside spending in this year’s presidential campaign has benefited Mitt Romney, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. This spending was made possible by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. (Public Integrity)


  • Branching out: Paul Bledsoe, a veteran staffer from the Clinton administration, is leaving the Bipartisan Policy Center to start his own public policy firm. Rosemarie Calabro Tully, a former press secretary for Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Democratic staff, has joined the Bipartisan Policy Center as its energy press secretary. (National Journal)


  • An app for presidential documents: A new free application for mobile devices will allow users access to presidential public communications. The documents available will include press releases, speeches, and executive orders, among others.  (Government Technology)


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