Today in #OpenGov 3/7/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including outside spending in Florida, an EU asset freeze, and a transparency turnaround in San Diego.series-opengov-today

National News

  • Organizing for Action, President Obama’s nonprofit advocacy group, is in some hot water after it was revealed that its executive director helped arrange a White House meeting for a prospective donor. The group has “tightened its fundraising policies,” in response. (Washington Post)
  • Candidates in a special election to fill a Florida Congressional seat are both being outspent, quite handily, by outside groups. Of the $12.5 million that has been spent so far, less than one-third was spent by the contenders, Alex Sink (D) and David Jolly (R). (Public Integrity)
  • The second round of Presidential Innovation Fellows got their projects online this week and, at first look, they are quite impressive. (E Pluribus Unum)

International News

  • The European Union is planning to freeze assets of a number of officials implicated in massive corruption in the Ukraine. (Transparency International)
  • This new report explores the development of parliamentary research services in Central Europe and the Western Balkans. (NDI)

State and Local News

  • The Pittsburgh City Council gave its preliminary approval to open data legislation earlier this week. A final vote on the bill, which was posted online and attracted nearly 100 comments, is scheduled for March 11. (Pittsburgh Business Times)
  • On his first full day in office, the new Mayor of San Diego reversed a decision made by the previous, interim mayor to delete all city emails after one year. The interim Mayor’s decision had caused widespread outrage. (KPBS San Diego)

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