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:

  • In an editorial, the New York Times urged Republicans to support campaign disclosure legislation like the DISCLOSE Act. (The New York Times)
  • Labor unions and businesses are gearing up for the first post-Citizens United election season. (Roll Call)($)
  • The DISCLOSE Act carve-out is a contributing factor in conservative dissatisfaction with the National Rifle Association. (Politico)
  • Politico looked at the diminishing clout of the American Medical Association. (Politico)
  • Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI) spent at least $30,000 in Republican Policy Committee funds hiring a consulting firm run by his chief of staff’s brother while he was planning to kill the committee for wasting money. (Politico)
  • Massachusetts lawmakers are not prominently disclosing their earmark requests. (The Boston Globe)
  • House Republicans will broadcast their upcoming policy meeting with lobbyists while Democrats criticize the meeting. (The Washington Post) (The Hill)
  • The Washington Post profiled Larry Brady, an aide to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca) who would play a role in issuing subpoenas and investigating the Obama administration should the Republicans take back the House in November. (The Washington Post)
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  • The Obama administration has launched, a website providing updates and data on the Gulf oil spill. (InformationWeek)
  • Roll Call profiled a lobbying firm that registered an unusually high amount of clients in a short period of time. (Roll Call)($)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week of 7/12-7/16:

  • Preventing and Recovering Government Payment Errors, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Thursday, July 15, 10 am, 342-Dirksen, livestream
  • Responsible Contracting: Modernizing the Business of Government, Senate Committee on the Budget Task Force on Government Performance, Thursday, July 15, 10 am, 608-Dirksen, livestream

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for the week of 7/12-7/16:

  • Investigative Reporting in the New Media Environment, The Huffington Post Investigative Fund, Tuesday, July 13, 9:30 am 11 am, The National Press Club 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, The Bloomberg Classroom, Reservations at
  • CrisisCommons Roundtable with the Private Sector: Volunteer Technology Communities – Collaboration, Lessons Learned and a Path Forward, CrisisCommons, Thursday, July 15, 12:30 pm 2:30 pm, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center One Woodrow at Wilson Plaza 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Register here
  • Bridging Cubas Communication Divide: Empowering Cubans through Access to New Media & Technology, The Brookings Institution, Thursday, July 15, 9 am 10:30 am, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Register here

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