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

News Roundup:

  • Lawmaker investment news:
    • Lax disclosure inspired a push to require lawmakers to report stock trades within 90 days but the measure has now stalled. (The Washington Post)
    • The Washington Post looked at the financial and policy interests of lawmakers and found that they sometimes overlap. (The Washington Post)
    • The Washington Post has an infographic on the stock holdings of members of Congress on certain committees. (The Washington Post)
    • In January, the Sunlight Foundation’s Daniel Schuman discussed posting lawmaker financial disclosures and other ethics documents online. (The Sunlight Foundation Blog)
  • The New York Times looked at the hard line the Obama administration is taking against leaks to the press. (The New York Times)
  • Politico looked at the revolving door between politics, advocacy, and journalism. (Politico)
  • Roll Call looked at congressional spending on district offices and focused on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (D-CA) (Roll Call)($)
  • Politico looked at the fundraising activities of top House Democrats. (Politico)
  • Eliza Newlin Carney looked at the issue of public funding for campaigns in the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision limiting Arizona’s public funding law. (National Journal)($)
  • The William J. Clinton Presidential Library last Friday released thousands of documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. (Roll Call)($)
  • The FBI has released thousands of documents on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. (Roll Call)($) (The Hill)
  • A revamped website for the state of West Virgina was recently launched based on suggestions from citizens and government employees. (Government Technology)
  • Pennsylvania Secretary of State Naomi Wyatt talked about Pennsylvania’s process for reporting stimulus data. (Government Technology)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week of 6/14-6/18:


  • None


  • Press Freedom in the Americas, House Committee on Foreign Affairs – Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, Wednesday, June 16, 2:00 p.m., 2172-Rayburn
  • Federal Electronic Records Management: A Status Report, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, Thursday, June 17, 2 p.m., 2154-Rayburn

Relevant bills introduced last Friday:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for the week of 6/14-6/18:

  • NAPAN 2010 Meeting of the Networks, 10:00 a.m., Panel Discussion: The Future of Public Media and the Role of the State Networks, 1:30, p.m, Monday, June 14, 1:30 p.m., C-SPAN Studios, 400 North Capitol St. NW, Washington, D.C., live video here.
  • How Will Journalism Survive?, Tuesday, June 15, 9:00 a.m., National Press Club ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor , Washington, D.C.
  • Access to the Raw Materials of Our Democracy, Tuesday, June 15, 10:00 a.m., Center for American Progress, live video here.
  • Urban Transportation: Open Data, Blogging and Citizen Journalism, Government Transparency and Civic Engagement, Citizen Collaboration, Tuesday, June 15, 1:30 p.m., World Resources Institute, 10 G St. NE, Suite 800, Washington, D.C.
  • The DeMarco Factor: Transforming Public Will Into Political Power, Friday, June 18, 7:00 p.m., Politics and Prose. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.

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