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:

  • The Citizens United decision is playing a major role in the new campaign contribution landscape heading into the midterm elections. (Politico) (Roll Call)($)
  • OpenSecrets took a look at the conservative group run by Karl Rove and former RNC Chair Ed Gillespie that is a pioneer in taking advantage of the post-Citizens United campaign finance system. (OpenSecrets)
  • Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay defended himself against corruption charges and bemoaned the criminalization of politics. (The Washington Post) (The Hill)
  • The National Review profiled House Transparency Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). (The National Review)
  • Rep. Ed Markey is demanding that the White House release data on how much oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is in the Gulf of Mexico. (National Journal)($)
  • The New York Times editorialized against the use of secrets holds in the Senate. (The New York Times)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 8/20:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 8/20:

  • None

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