2Day in #OpenGov 11/16/12




  • House member drops amendment to bring back earmarks: A House Republican dropped his amendment to bring back earmarks after Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) voiced opposition. Republicans adopted a ban on earmarks in 2010. (The Hill)

Campaign finance

  • State governments challenge dark money: The election is over, but several states challenged or are continuing to battle groups that tried to influence elections and hide the sources of their money. States are limited in terms of what they can do about practices by national groups, however. (Pew States)
  • Group files complaint against Crossroads GPS: Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) against the nonprofit Crossroads GPS. The complaint centers around whether Crossroads was asked by a donor to use money in a certain political race. (Washington Post)
  • Measuring app success: The Code for America Brigade announced a new app contest that will focus on how many people actually use an app for its intended purpose. The goal is to measure how a community embraces an app rather than just measuring the number of apps deployed. (Code for America)
  • Are app contests worth it? Debates about whether app contests are worthwhile have been going on for some time, and the discussion continues in a new piece exploring specific conditions that might add more meaningfulness to competitions.  (TechPresident)
  • China could see political reforms: A new group of Communist Party leaders in China, set to be the next government officials in the country, may implement some political reforms. The new party secretary general is already emphasizing a need to curb corruption. (TrustLaw)


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