In today's edition, following a day off on Friday, we share a load of links including a grilling for President Trump's nominee for Interior Secretary, lobbyists failing to disclose their political contributions, good news and bad news out of Gambia, and more.
- The 2020 Democratic presidential contenders are torn about how to approach big money donors… (New York Times)
- …On that note, it's important to remember that shunning corporate PACs, as a growing number of candidates have pledged to do, won't keep corporate influence out of elections. (Sludge + Truthout)
- Arizona Senate candidate Mark Kelly tried to keep a university from disclosing his speaking fee, citing "trade secrets." (BuzzFeed)
- A political group with close ties to the Koch brothers couldn't convince an appeals court to take a broader look at their effort to keep California donors private. (POLITICO)
- New GAO report finds that one-third of lobbyist disclosures are missing political contribution information. (The Hill) Read the whole report here.
- It looks like the DEA failed to get proper permission before gathering bulk telecommunications data. (Government Executive)
- Bipartisan group introduces legislation to end bulk collection of US phone data by the NSA. (The Hill)
- Only one-third of federal agencies are sending electronic records to NARA ahead of a deadline later this year. (NextGov)
- Is there tension between efforts to fight political disinformation and the First Amendment? (Washington Post)
- David Bernhardt, President Trump's pick to head the Interior Department, faced ethics questions at his Senate confirmation hearing, but appears likely to be confirmed. (NPR)
- Emails show the acting head of the FAA coordinating policy with former lobbyist-colleagues. (Government Executive)
- Attorney General William Barr says he will release a redacted version of the special counsel report on Russian election interference by mid-April. (New York Times)
- Coal executive Joe Craft is set to get even closer to the White House with his wife poised to be the next US ambassador to the UN. (POLITICO)
- One of President Trump's top political appointees has steered millions of taxpayer dollars towards GOP consultants to burnish her brand while in office. (POLITICO)
- President Trump has made 9,451 false or misleading claims over 801 days. (Washington Post)
- The latest Trump administration conflicts include President Trump's inflated net worth, Trump Tower Moscow, new emolumental issues, and more. (Sunlight Foundation)
around the world
- Lawyer, anti-corruption activist, and political newcomer Zuzana Čaputová wins Slovakia's presidential election. (POLITICO)
- Fake news continues to cause problems ahead of upcoming Indian elections. (Global Voices)
- Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh embezzled more than $350 million in public money during his 20 years in power… (Bloomberg)
- …Meanwhile, Gambia is improving in press freedom rankings and producing a new class of journalists. (Columbia Journalist Review)
- Facebook's leaders and top lobbyists are calling for global web regulations. (Bloomberg)
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