- Report calls for stronger IT oversight: Stronger oversight is needed on the $54 million spent by federal agencies for oversight and maintenance of IT, according to new report from the Government Accountability Office. (FedScoop)
- How to stop dark money: Is the influx of dark money in elections thanks to the Citizens United decision, or is it due to failures of the Federal Elections Commission? Trevor Potter, a former FEC commissioner and chairman, argues the FEC deserves the blame. (Washington Post, opinion)
- Super PAC finds its way into the dictionary: The term “super PAC” is being added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. (Politico)
- Tech giants defend net neutrality: Google, Facebook, and Netflix are among a coalition of tech giants asking a federal court to uphold rules that they say keep the Internet open. They filed a brief in favor of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality regulations. (The Hill)
State and local
- Washington disclosure law in limbo: A public disclosure law on grassroots lobbying in Washington is part of a renewed lawsuit. Some groups are claiming the law violates their free speech rights. (Lobby Comply Blog)
- North Carolina failed to monitor $80 million in earmarks: An audit in North Carolina found state officials failed to monitor some $80 million in earmarks. Groups that received the money were not assessed on how they used the cash. (Winston-Salem Journal)
- State lawmakers, lobbyists hit the road: It didn’t take long after the election for California’s state lawmakers to hit the road. Their destinations? Hawaii, Brazil, and Australia, among others, to talk with lobbyists about special interests. (Sacramento Bee)
RELEVANT BILLS INTRODUCED:
HAPPENING THIS WEEK 11/19 – 11/23:
- Congressional Rules and Procedures. American League of Lobbyists. Mon. Nov. 19. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Hall of States, 444 North Capitol St. NW, Washington, DC.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director David Kappos on High-tech Patents. Center for American Progress. Tues. Nov. 20. 1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC, 20005.