News Roundup:

  • The Hill covered Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) report on and other White House new media efforts. (The Hill)
  • The American Petroleum Institute is staging citizen rallies to build grassroots opposition to potential regulations on the oil and gas industry. (The Hill) (Roll Call)($)
  • OpenSectrets looked at current members of Congress and candidates that are also top beneficiaries of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. (OpenSectrets)
  • OMB’s Office of Federal Financial Management Controller Danny Werfel discussed how data reporting efforts for the stimulus have changed the public’s standards for government transparency. (Federal News Radio)
  • Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) is advertising a fundraiser that features no celebrities and will be held “anytime after Aug. 15, 2010, but before Sept. 10, 2010.” (The Washington Post)
  • Rod Blagojevich news:
    • Ethics reform has taken a backseat to the Blagojevich trial in Illinois. (The New York Times)
    • In an editorial, author Scott Turnow blamed the jury’s failure to convict the former governor for bribery-related charges on the current state of campaign finance and the Citizens United decision. (The New York Times)
    • A juror at the trial learned this lesson from his experience: “I might be a lobbyist after this. I’ve seen all the money they make.” (The Chicago Sun-Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 8/18:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 8/18:

  • None

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