2Day in #OpenGov 7/12/2013



  • This one’s not setting any records: Former Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe’s PAC, Olympia’s List, reported $480 in contributions during the past six months. The PAC seeks to support centrists and consensus builders. (Roll Call)
  • In the six months since she stepped down as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has kept a busy speech-making schedule, collecting more than $200,000 for each appearance in front of industry groups. Most of these trade groups actively lobby Congress. (Washington Post)
  • Following the discovery of Jeffrey Thompson’s “shadow campaign” for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s 2010 run, the federal donations of the firm he formerly ran are also being scrutinized. Beneficiaries include Obama, Kerry, McCain, and Reid – as well as Hillary Clinton, a personal friend. (Public Integrity)
  • The House narrowly passed its farm bill yesterday, 216 – 208, with every Democrat voting against. The contentious bill has sharply divided industry groups as well as urban and rural lawmakers. (POLITICO)
  • Janet Napolitano is stepping down to an unconventional career shift: the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona is slated to become the next President of the University of California system. (Los Angeles Times)
  • H.R.2638 – Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2013