Today in #OpenGov 10/10/2014


Keep reading for today’s look at #OpenGov news, events, and analysis including ActBlue’s success, tobacco lobbying in Europe, and more local election spending. 

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National News

  • In a unique move, the Supreme Court is going to take up a high profile whistleblower case. The whistleblower in question, former air marshal Robert MacLean, leaked information that was not labeled sensitive until after he was fired. A bipartisan group of members of Congress have spoken up, saying that the Whistleblower Protection Act should cover MacLean’s disclosure. (Washington Post)
  • ActBlue has helped funnel more than $600 million to Democratic candidates and causes in the past decade, changing the landscape of online fundraising and small donations along the way. (New York Times)


  • Tobacco giant Philip Morris International spent more money to lobby members of the European Parliament than any other company last year, topping even oil behemoth Exxon Mobil. (

State and Local News

  • The next step for open data is to meaningfully expand it to smaller municipalities across the country. (PBS)
  • Florida is effectively preventing public access to documents detailing the state’s 17th Judicial Circuit’s policies and procedures regarding foreclosure cases by charging absurd fees for the records. (Public Integrity)
  • Yesterday we linked a story about union spending in state and local races, turns out there’s plenty of dark money flooding those more parochial races as well. (Public Integrity)


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