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

News Roundup:

  • Regulations responding to the Wisconsin Right to Life v. FEC decision have resulted in significantly fewer disclosures for campaign issue ads. (The Washington Post)
  • Independent expenditures by the Tea Party Express group have resulted in primary losses for the establishment candidate in two high profile Republican Senate primaries. (Open Secrets)
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidelines telling its staff to narrowly use FOIA exemptions granted to the agency by the new financial regulation law. (The New York Times)
  • Dow Jones Newswires discussed the SEC/FOIA debate. (Fox Business)
  • National Journal looked at the changes facing congressional committees should the Republicans take control of Congress this fall. (National Journal)($)
  • Also in preparation for a GOP takeover, top Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee met with energy and telecom lobbyists and reportedly asked for campaign contributions. (Politico)
  • OMB Watch listed their hoped-for priorities for incoming Office of Management and Budget head Jack Lew to make government spending more transparent. (OMB Watch)
  • The bank at the center of Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) ethics investigation received $12 million in Treasury Department funds despite having a known poor record. (The Hill)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 9/16:

  • 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:

  • S. 3791 – A bill to require Members of Congress to disclose delinquent tax liability, require an ethics inquiry, and garnish the wages of a Member with Federal tax liability; read the first time.

Transparency events scheduled for 9/16:

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