Today in #OpenGov 9/25/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including big name fundraising, an OGP anniversary, new Code for America cities, and more.

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National News

  • Social science research could benefit from a little more transparency, making it easier to replicate and share. (Washington Post)
  • The Center for Political Accountability is out with a new report that highlights and ranks companies based on their level of political transparency. 20 companies managed to rack up zero points on the rating scale, including Netflix, T Rowe Price, and Keurig Green Mountain. (Washington Post)
  • The Republican Governors Association recently made a big mistake, accidentally revealing the names of some their their big corporate donors and the size of their checks.  (New York Times)
  • Democrats have been raising ridiculous amounts of money, even as it looks more and more likely they’ll suffer some losses in the midterm elections. President Obama has been a big part of that, but his handlers won’t reveal much information about his fundraising efforts. (National Journal)

International News

  • It’s the third anniversary of the Open Government Partnership. A lot has happened in that time and there is a new strategy for the next four years, but significant questions remain about the Partnership and about open government efforts around the world.  (E Pluribus Unum)

State and Local News

  • A U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that was bottling up an investigation into possible illegal campaign collusion that could involve Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The investigation is heading back to state court where it faces another set of legal challenges. (Washington Post)
  • Virginia is exploring a couple of innovative ways to track flooding, including a government sponsored “storm surge map” and an app that allows “flood watchers” to locations that are experiencing flooding. (Government Technology)
  • Code for America announced the municipalities that will participate in its 2015 fellowship program. (GovFresh)

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