Here is Mondays look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings for the week, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress last Friday.

News Roundup:

  • Citizens United news:
    • During his weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday, President Obama criticized the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and called on Congress to pass the DISCLOSE Act. (The Washington Post) (Politico)
    • Television broadcasters oppose a provision in the Senate DISCLOSE Act that forces them to sell advertising to political parties at the lowest rates available in particular markets. The House version of the bill lacks this provision. (The Hill)
    • Bloomberg’s Al Hunt provides a rundown of the DISCLOSE Act and looks at the the opposition to the bill stemming from Republicans and groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (The New York Times)
    • An editorial from National Journal looks at the impact the Supreme Court’s Doe v. Reed case and the DISCLOSE Act will have on disclosure and what parties on both sides of the issue are saying. (National Journal)($)
    • For more on these court cases, take a look at the amicus briefs filed by the Sunlight Foundation on Citizens United and Doe v. Reed.
  • A look at the revolving door in finance: according to Politico, hedge funds and private equity firms have emerged relatively unscathed from the current financial regulation debate and one reason may be the politically-connected lobbyists/former government employees the firms are hiring. (Politico) (Reuters)
  • Reps. Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) kicked off the inaugural event of their Transparency Caucus last Thursday. (The Hill) (California Watch Blog)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/30:

Senate:

  • Hearings to examine proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2011 for the Department of Justice, Appropriations: Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, Thurs, May 6, 10 a.m., Dirksen-192

House:

  • Hearing on Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform, Judiciary: Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, Wed, May 5, 2 p.m., Rayburn-2141
  • Hearing on the following bills: H.R. 4700, Transparency in All Health Care Pricing Act of 2010; H.R. 2249, Health Care Price Transparency Promotion Act of 2009; and H.R. 4803, “Patients’ Right to Know Act;” Energy and Commerce: Subcommittee on Health, Thurs, May 6, 10 a.m., Rayburn-2123
  • Hearing on H.R. 5175, 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, Committee on House Administration, Thurs, May 6, 11 a.m., Longworth-1310

Relevant bills introduced 4/30:

Senate:

  • 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 Rules and Administration. S. 3295

House:

  • None

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