2Day in #OpenGov 4/17/2013



  • It might take a few weeks for Senate campaign fundraising reports to make it to the FEC, but that isn’t stopping members with good news from shouting it from the rooftops. Specifically, several vulnerable incumbent Democrats who are expecting well financed challengers in addition to massive independent expenditures against them announced heft hauls… (Roll Call)
  • …meanwhile, a number of vulnerable members of the House, as well as a few who are hoping to make a jump to the Senate in 2014, posted less than stellar numbers…  (Roll Call)
  • …finally, President Obama may never have to run in another election again, but he hasn’t yet kicked the fundraising habit. The Obama presidential campaign pulled in over $4 million in the last quarter, leaving it with around $3 million on hand and owing slightly more in debts. (Roll Call)
  • Senator Ron Wyden’s long-time Chief of Staff Josh Kardon, who left the hill in 2011 for the Capitol Hill Consulting Group, is going to be plying his trade for ExxonMobil. Wyden chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (The Hill)
  • Organizing For America is testing out its lobbying operation in New York State, where it is pushing for significant campaign finance reforms. They don’t plan to lobby elected officials directly, but will organize their significant member base in the state to influence the issue. (POLITICO)
  • Google has been careful to avoid taking a public stance on CISPA, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying to influence the bill behind the scenes. Recent lobbying disclosures indicate that Google has been working on the bill and House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) has been quoted calling the company “supportive” of CISPA. (The Hill)
  • The House released a 244 page report outlining every committee’s plans to oversee the executive branch during the 113th Congress. Hot topics include IT, taxes, and more. (Federal Computer Week)


  • H.R. 1580. To affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.


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