Here is Fridays digest of transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress yesterday.

News roundup:

  • In a Q&A, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) discusses his omnibus transparency bill and the Transparency Caucus that he co-chairs. (National Journal) ($)
  • The Center for Competitive Politics is planning to challenge the DISCLOSE Act in court and Citizens United, currently pondering a court challenge, said the bill would force groups of modest means … to spend thousands of dollars of donor money on a battery of attorneys and accountants. (National Journal) ($)
  • A new lobbying venture called Keys to the Capitol wants to make lobbyists more accessible by offering cheaper month-to-month lobbying contracts to smaller towns and organizations. (The Washington Post)
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday advanced three bills bringing transparency to the judiciary: one allowing the Supreme Court to televise its proceedings, an accompanying Senate resolution, and a third bill allowing federal district and circuit courts to televise their proceedings. (The Hill)
  • Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) pledged not to place any secret holds and called the practice a luxury we should not indulge in. (Roll Call) ($)
  • The Center for Plain Language announced its picks for the best and worst uses of language in government. The Department of Health and Human Services’ HealthFinder.gov was named top public sector website. (The Washington Post)
  • Government agencies are using crowdsourcing and contests to award grants and improve how they operate. (The Washington Post)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 4/30:

Senate:

  • None

House:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 4/29:

Senate:

  • None

House:

  • A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes; to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. H.R. 5175.

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