Today in #OpenGov 4/11/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including Comcast, the Philippines, and Texas.series-opengov-today

National News

  • The Office of Congressional Ethics is looking into allegations that Illinois Representative Bobby Rush (D) mishandled a $1 million grant and commingled campaign and church money. (Roll Call)
  • Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced plans to create a Senate Whistleblower Caucus. (Government Executive)
  • Comcast is taking its efforts to woo Capitol Hill towards approval of its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. Comcast added some heavy lobbying fire power last month, contracting with former Representative Henry Bonilla (R-TX) to work on their behalf. (The Hill)

International News

  • In order to better track foreign aid given to victims of the devastating typhoon in the Philippines last year,  the Filipino government is opening access to the content management system behind their transparency portal to a number of key stakeholders. (Future Gov)

State and Local News

  • Three relatives of the mayor of Progreso, Texas pleaded guilty to using their political power to force city and school board contractors to pay them bribes. The mayor plead guilty earlier this month. (Washington Times/AP)

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