Today in #OpenGov 10/7/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including secret money everywhere, bike share visualizations, pyramid schemes, and more.

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National News

  • Democrats are raising a lot of big money this year, but new reports indicate that Republicans are still winning the race for big, secret money. (NPR)
  • Alex Howard reflects on the tenure of US CIO Steven VanRoekel and looks forward to some potential priorities for the next person to take the job. (E Pluribus Unum)
  • Herbalife, the supplement company that has been accused of running a pyramid scheme, hired a former FTC commissioner to run its compliance practice not too long after the FTC began an investigation into the business. (The Hill)
  • Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis are battling for a Senate seat in North Carolina and things are starting to get testy. The rival camps are filing competing ethics complaints against the respective candidates. (POLITICO)


  • Transparency International Czech Republic has been monitoring party financing in some of the country’s biggest towns. What they’ve found is not heartening in terms of transparency. (Transparency International)

State and Local News

  • State’s and municipalities can learn a lot of useful lessons about fiscal transparency from the passage of the DATA Act. (StateScoop)
  • Bike sharing systems tend to share open data about usage, leading to some fun visualizations and analysis. Chicago’s Divvy is no different. (ChicagoInno)

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