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

News Roundup:

  • Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), once known for her outsider status, now counts lobbyists and their firms among her top donors. (The Seattle Times)
  • Reps. John Boehner (R-OH) and Peter Roskam (R-IL) have invited lobbyists and trade group officials to provide input on a new GOP agenda. (Roll Call)($)
  • Common Cause and Public Campaign plan to spend $15 million pushing the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill providing for publicly financed federal campaigns. (The Washington Post)
  • The Louisiana Legislature passed a resolution urging BP to enact a transparency agenda and disclose data about the amount of oil in the gulf. (The Project On Government Oversight)
  • King County in Washington state is making county data sets publicly available in the hopes that people will use them to develop apps. (Government Technology)
  • The White House is accepting submissions for the SAVE Award, a contest that uses crowdsourcing to generate money-saving ideas. (The Washington Post)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 7/8:

  • Congress out of session until 7/9

Relevant bills introduced:

  • Congress out of session until 7/9

Transparency events scheduled for 7/8:

  • None

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