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:

  • Businesses, conservative groups, and unions – taking note of recent Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United that changed the rules for campaign contributions – are planning on spending record amounts on the upcoming midterm elections. (The Los Angeles Times)
  • A $150,000 post-Citizens United campaign donation from Target has earned the company the wrath of the LGBT community. (Talking Points Memo)
  • The Lobbying Disclosure Act, which recently passed the House, has lobbyists worried that their trade is being unfairly demonized. (The Hill)
  • Eliza Newlin Carney looked at two advisory opinions issued by the Federal Election Commission on recent campaign spending Supreme Court decisions. (National Journal)($)
  • Some House Republicans are hesitant to comply with an initiative pushed by caucus leaders to publicize their August schedules in an online database. (CQ Politics)
  • The National Beer Wholesalers Association donated thousands of dollars to lawmakers co-sponsoring a bill that would limit alcohol sales. (The Washington Post)
  • In the face of an FCC proposal to more strongly regulate broadband access, telecom companies have stepped up their spending on lobbying. (The Hill)
  • Earmarks in 2011 spending bills are down due to self-imposed earmark restrictions from House lawmakers. (The Hill)
  • Ethics investigations of high profile Democrats like Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) could hurt the party in the upcoming midterm elections. (The New York Times)
  • Defense Secretary said that the WikiLeaks document leak threatens the lives of Afghans who worked with American forces. (The New York Times)
  • In an editorial, L. Gordon Crovitz criticized WikiLeaks. (The Wall Street Journal)($)
  • The The American Psychological Association told Congress that providing free online access to federally funded research articles violates the White House’s open government directive by promoting disclosure at the expense of “other genuinely compelling interests.” (nextgov)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for the week of 8/2-8/6:

  • Protecting the Public Interest: Understanding the Threat of Agency Capture, Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts, Tuesday, August 3, 10 am, 226-Dirksen, livestream here
  • Transforming Government Through Innovative Tools and Technology, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, Tuesday, August 3, 2:30 pm, 342-Dirksen, livestream here

Relevant bills introduced:

  • Separate post for bills introduced from 6/23-6/30 forthcoming

Transparency events scheduled for the week of 8/2-8/6:

  • None

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