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

News Roundup:

  • To fight hostile legislation and to prepare for a potentially different Congress next year, a leading oil industry trade group is spending heavily on lobbying and contributions to Republican campaigns. (Roll Call)($)
  • A host of lobbyists and prominent Republican leaders are holding a big fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee at the end of this month. (Roll Call)($)
  • Despite facing 13 ethics charges and a congressional trial, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) easily won his primary election last night. (The Hill)
  • Open Secrets looked at campaign contributions made by journalists. (Open Secrets)
  • Nancy Scola and David Moore provided their thoughts on THOMAS.gov. (techPresident)
  • California, Boston, and Chesterfield County, VA were among the winners of the Digital Government Achievement Awards for top government websites. (Federal Computer Week)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 9/15:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • A bill to provide for comprehensive budget reform in order to increase transparency and reduce the deficit; to the Committee on the Budget. S. 3779
  • A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the threshold amount subject to information reporting at source, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance. S. 3783
  • A bill to reform the financing of House elections, and for other purposes; to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned. H.R. 6116

Transparency events scheduled for 9/15:

  • None

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