Here is Wednesdays 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:
    • House Democrats are sending the DISCLOSE Act to the House Rules Committee today in preparation for a possible floor vote on Thursday. (National Journal)($) (Politico)
    • Roll Call editorialized in favor of the DISCLOSE Act. (Roll Call)($)
  • After leaving the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, former Rep. Billy Tauzin is expected to start a new lobbying firm with his son. (Roll Call)($)
  • The financial services industry is planning to use a Consumer Federation of America dinner honoring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) to lobby. (Politico)
  • Staffers for Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) have admitted that the senator’s senior aides knew they were breaking a one-year lobbying ban for former Senate aides when they helped a former staffer get a K Street job. (The Hill)
  • Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) said he can’t figure out why the Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating him and seven other House members. (The Hill)
  • A new report says that federal IT spending will increase by 5.4 percent to $112 billion by 2015 thanks in part to the Obama administration’s plan to use technology to make government more transparent. (InformationWeek)
  • Financial disclosure reports show that the Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration’s offshore oil drilling ban owns extensive oil industry stock. (The Washington Post)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 6/23:


  • Examining the Filibuster, Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, Wednesday, June 23, 10 a.m., 305-Russell, Live Stream


  • None

Relevant bills introduced yesterday:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 6/23:

  • 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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