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

News Roundup:

  • Earmarks, once a sign of political power and accomplishment, are now seen by some as a liability. (The New York Times)
  • After several high-profile defenses of himself, Rep. Charlie Rangel is now pledging to stop talking about his upcoming ethics trial. (The Hill) (Politico)
  • Onetime foes of money in politics are now turning to unlimited contributions and special interests in the Democratic primary for attorney general in Florida. (The Miami Herald)
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Democratic opponent is running on a platform that includes ethics and transparency provisions. (The Dallas Morning News)
  • Milwaukee county is in the process of putting it’s county government actions online. (Government Technology)
  • POGO looked at legislation passed by the House reforming government advisory committees. (Project On Government Oversight)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 8/13:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 8/13:

  • None

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