Here is Tuesdays look at transparency-related news items, today’s congressional committee hearings, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress yesterday.

News Roundup:

  • Campaign finance news:
    • Former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey editorialized in support of the DISCLOSE Act and called on Congress to pass the Fair Elections Now Act, which would allow for public financing of federal campaigns. (Roll Call)($)
    • More on the opposition from the National Association of Broadcasters to a provision in the DISCLOSE Act requiring broadcasters to offer political parties discounted advertising rates. (Roll Call)($)
    • Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak looks at the Citizens United decision through the lens of Buckley v. Valeo and an upcoming appeal from the Republican National Committee arguing for unlimited soft money contributions to political parties. His conclusion: a continuing trend toward deregulation of money and speech in federal campaigns. (The New York Times)
  • The New York Times editorialized in favor of a pair of bills allowing proceedings in the Supreme Court and lower federal courts to be televised. (The New York Times)
  • Professors Mitchel Sollenberger and Mark Rozell criticize the Obama administration for declining to cooperate with a request by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for access to documents and witnesses regarding the Fort Hood shooting. (Roll Call)($)
  • A review by the Center for Public Integrity finds that many federal oversight posts related to transparency and accountability remain vacant. (Politico)
  • Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) is expected to unveil a bill requiring websites to disclose what information they are collecting about their users, how that information is being used, and how it is being shared. (National Journal)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/4:

Senate:

  • None

House:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/3:

Senate:

  • None

House:

  • None

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