Today in #OpenGov 5/22/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events and analysis including dark money as a bipartisan affair, European accusations, and open data in Cincinnati. series-opengov-today

National News

  • The GAO has never certified the United States’ financial statements as “clean,” but new legislation aims to change the process that creates these statements, making them more accurate and transparent. (Roll Call)
  • America Votes, a liberal dark money group, raised nearly $13 million during last fiscal year. They don’t disclose their donors, although it appears that the bulk of their receipts come from 12 anonymous benefactors. (Public Integrity)
  • The Justice Department is planning to release the controversial memo laying out the legal justification for targeted killings abroad. The move comes after the Senate confirmed one of the memo’s authors to a federal judgeship. (Government Executive)

International News

  • The European Commission is trying to fight back against a watchdog report claiming the body is too close to corporate interests, has actively avoided strengthening lobbying disclosure laws, and more. (EurActiv)
  • Violence, drug trafficking, and corruption are taking a toll on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. (Global Voices)

State and Local News

  • Cincinnati, Ohio is rolling out an open data policy, aimed at boosting transparency and making it easier for citizens to use city data. (WCPO Cincinnati)

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