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

News Roundup:

  • Reps. Mike Castle (R-DE) and Todd Platts (R-PA) want to give the Office of Congressional Ethics subpoena powers. (Roll Call)($)
  • The Washington Independent looked at how the Citizens United decision changed the landscape of campaign finance. (The Washington Independent)
  • The Senate Ethics Committee is once again looking into the participation of senators and staffers in a Countrywide mortgage-lending program. (The Hill)
  • The Washington Post has more on the ethics case against Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). (The Washington Post)
  • In an editorial, the New York Times said that the upcoming ethics trial for Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) will give the public a closer look at how money and politics interact. (The New York Times)
  • In the wake of the Bell, CA salary scandal, California city and county employees will have their salary data posted online. (Government Technology)
  • A data analysis shows that there isn’t a relationship between where stimulus dollars are being spent and areas with high unemployment and poverty rates. (ProPublica)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 8/12:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 8/12:

  • None

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