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

News Roundup:

  • Center for Responsive Politics data shows that congressional leadership PACs spend most of their funds on internal and personal operations instead of on lawmaker campaigns. (The Washington Post)
  • Ruth Marcus criticizes election lobbying and editorializes in favor of public funding for campaigns. (The Washington Post)
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) wants to give the House Ethics Committee the authority to bury ethics reports. (Roll Call)($) (The Washington Post)
  • Recovery.gov is soliciting ideas for a mascot that embodies the website’s mission as well as transparency and accountability. (Facebook) (Government Executive)
  • A memo from White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein urges federal agencies to make online versions of rulemaking dockets consistent with hard-copy versions. (OMB Watch)
  • The Daily Beast interviews George Allen, a former Virginia governor turned oil lobbyist. (The Daily Beast)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/2:

  • Congress in recess until 6/7

Relevant bills introduced 6/1:

  • Congress in recess until 6/7

Transparency events scheduled for 6/2:

  • Social Media, New Technologies and Their Impact on 21st Century Statecraft, Wednesday, June 2, 8 a.m., Ogilvys Washington Headquarters, 1111 19th Street, NW, 10th Floor

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