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

News Roundup:

  • Citizens United news:
    • Eliza Newlin Carney looks at the issue of book banning in light of the Citizens Unitedruling. (National Journal)($)
  • The Columbus Dispatch editorializes in favor of the Earmark Transparency Act. (The Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Spokane Spokesman-Review editorializes in favor of the Public Online Information Act. (The Idaho Statesman)
  • In an editorial, the Washington Post urges the D.C. Council to open their meetings up to the public. (The Washington Post)
  • Federal Election Commission records show many of the late Rep. John Murtha’s donors supported Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA) in his recent special election victory. (Roll Call)($)
  • The New York Times looked at the lobbying and fundraising activities surrounding the financial reform bill. (The New York Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week so 5/24-5/28:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 5/21:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for the week of 5/24-5/28:

  • Anti-Corruption and Transparency: South Korea’s Pathway to Preeminence in the Asia-Pacific, Monday, May 24, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., The Rome Building auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Necessary Secrets: National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law, Tuesday, May 25, 12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m., Betsy and Walter Stern Conference Center, 1015 15th St, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C.

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