Here is Mondays look at transparency-related news items, the weeks congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Rep. John Boehner (D-OH), the likely next House speaker if the Republicans take the chamber in November, has extensive ties to lobbyists and the business community. (The New York Times)
- Citizens United mastermind James Bopp celebrated the dismantling of campaign finance laws. (Mother Jones)
- In an editorial, E.J. Dionne urged moderate Senate Republicans to vote for the DISCLOSE Act. (The Washington Post)
- Facing fire from both sides of the aisle, the Office of Congressional Ethics faces an uncertain future regardless of which party comes out ahead in November. (National Journal)($)
- Watchdog groups expect that the upcoming ethics trials of Reps. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) won’t take place until after the midterm elections in November. (The Hill)
- The White House plans to launch an online platform where digitized government videos will be made accessible to the public. (OMB Watch)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 9/13-17:
- Legislative Proposals to Address Concerns Over the SECs New Confidentiality Provision, House Committee on Financial Services, Thursday, Sept. 16, 10:00 am, 2128 Rayburn, livestream.
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 9/13-17:
- The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue: A Look at the October 2009 and October 2010 Terms, the Cato Institute, Thurs. Sept. 16, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, F.A. Hayek Auditorium, 1000 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
- Poverty and Income in 2009: A Look at the New Census Data and What the Numbers Mean, the Brookings Institute, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Reserve Officers Association of the United States, One Constitution Avenue, NE.