Here is Wednesdays look at transparency-related news items, todays congressional committee hearings, and transparency-related bills introduced in Congress yesterday.

News Roundup:

  • DISCLOSE Act news:
    • Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) wants to add a provision to the DISCLOSE Act requiring shareholders to approve a company’s political spending. (The Hill)
    • The House Administration Committee held its second hearing yesterday on the DISCLOSE Act. (Roll Call)($)
    • Ezra Klein talks to election law expert Bruce Ackerman about the DISCLOSE Act, Citizens United, and Elena Kagan. (The Washington Post)
    • Former congressman and Common Cause CEO Bob Edgar thinks the DISCLOSE Act doesn’t go far enough to stop the influence of corporate money in elections. (The Miami Herald)
  • Earmark Transparency Act news:
    • The Oklahoman covers Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) bill to create a centralized earmark database. (The Oklahoman)
    • The Scranton Times-Tribune editorializes in favor of the Earmark Transparency Act. (The Scranton Times-Tribune)
  • As government agencies adapt to the White House’s Open Government Directive, some federal employees are finding that open government helps them better understand how their agencies operate. (Federal News Radio)
  • House Republicans today will unveil YouCut, an effort to crowdsource budget cutting ideas from the public. (Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 5/12:


  • None


  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/11:


  • A bill to require Congress to establish a unified and searchable database on a public website for congressional earmarks as called for by the President in his 2010 State of the Union Address to Congress; to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S. 3335


  • A bill to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to require Congress to establish a unified and searchable database on a public website for congressional earmarks; to the Committee on Rules, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, 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. 5258
  • A bill to authorize appropriations for the Department of Justice for fiscal year 2011; to the Committee on the Judiciary. H.R. 5264

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