Today in #OpenGov 5/7/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including think tank transparency, investigating an anti-corruption commission, and more.series-opengov-today

National News

  • A new survey by a small nonprofit called Transparify found that many major think thanks are not very transparent when it comes to disclosing information about their donors. (New York Times)
  • The DATA Act will be challenging to implement, but there are a number of reasons to be hopeful for its success. (Government Executive)
  • The Virgin Islands Republican Party doesn’t have any full-time staff, has given very little to Republican candidates, and doesn’t conduct any party activity. In fact, it is entirely possible that the organization is merely a self perpetuating fundraising machine. (New York Times)

State and Local News

  • The California House and Senate are going back and forth over a bill that would force political nonprofits in the state to reveal their donors. The House just passed an amended version after the Senate rejected an earlier draft.(Washington Times)
  • Federal prosecutors are seeking emails, texts, and other records from the Moreland Commission. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) shut down the anti-corruption commission with little warning earlier this year, drawing attention from US attorney Preet Bharara. (New York Times)



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