- It appears the popular new way to pour money into politics is the “single-issue vanity super PAC.” These groups tend to draw their resources from a single, wealthy donor focused on one issue. (Public Integrity)
- There’s plenty of money to be found in the campaign and leadership PAC accounts of those retiring from the House at the end of this Congress. There is more than $10 million combined in the accounts of the 17 who will be leaving office. (Roll Call)
- Left-leaning groups are supporting legislation in the House aimed at leveling the playing field for small donors. The legislation would give tax credits to campaign donors and federal matching funds to candidates for small donor contributions if they agree to limits on fundraising. (The Hill)
- The feds are adding several new social platforms to their toolbox with the approval to use CrowdHall and Tint. Updated terms of service on Tumblr made the site more fed-friendly recently, too. (FedScoop)
- Canada is working on the next version of its national action plan for the Open Government Partnership, and it is aiming to include public perspectives in the process. (E Pluribus Unum)
State and Local News
- A new proclamation in Palo Alto supports setting the default to open for city data. (GovTech)
- Democracy in crisis: Corruption, media, and power in Turkey. Freedom House. Thurs. 2/6. 10:00 – 11:30 am. Newseum, Knight Conference Center, 8th Floor Conference Level, 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.
- The cost of corruption on global business. American Society of International Law. Thurs. 2/6. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. ASIL, 2223 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008.