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

News Roundup:

  • Interest groups are set to spend a record $400 million on political campaigns this year. (The Washington Post)
  • Seven of ten members of Congress who received contributions from Halliburton last month sit on committees that deal with oversight of the oil spill. (Politico)
  • The New York Times editorializes against an effort by some Congressional Black Caucus members to bury Office of Congressional Ethics reports in the House. (The New York Times)
  • Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is urging political leaders and technology experts to use data sets released by her agency. (Nextgov)
  • The Patent and Trademark Office is partnering with Google to release patent and trademark data to the public online. (Nextgov)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/3:

  • Congress in recess until 6/7

Relevant bills introduced 6/2:

  • Congress in recess until 6/7

Transparency events scheduled for 6/3:

  • None

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