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

News Roundup:

  • DISCLOSE Act news:
    • Upset at last-minute exemptions added to the DISCLOSE Act, Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) is considering pulling his support for the bill. (The Hill)
    • As House Democrats push ahead with the DISCLOSE Act, the White House is voicing its support for the bill. (National Journal)($)
    • Top Senate Democrats are trying to reassure their House colleagues that they will work to pass the DISCLOSE Act in time for the midterm elections in November. (The Hill) (Roll Call)($)
    • House Democrats meanwhile say they are making progress in getting the bill passed. (The Hill) (The Washington Post)
    • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching an advertising campaign opposing the bill. (The Hill) (The Atlantic) (The Washington Post)
  • The Office of Congressional Ethics likely will not reveal the reason why eight House members were under investigation, allegedly in connection to fundraising and the financial regulation bill. (Roll Call)($)
  • Auto dealers are lobbying for an exemption in the financial reform bill. (The Center For Public Integrity)
  • Wikileaks is planning to release documents related to a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan. (The Washington Post)
  • The Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to launch a new web portal to help the public research and compare health insurance plans. (Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/22:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced 6/21:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 6/252

  • Transparency Made Easy: How to Make the Government More Open and Accountable, Tuesday, June 22, 2 p.m.-3:15 p.m., 2203-Rayburn.

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