Here is Mondays look at transparency-related news items, the weeks congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- House Republicans have yet to address the future of the Office of Congressional Ethics if they win back the majority. (Roll Call)($)
- Elena Kagan makes her debut as a Justice when the Supreme Court convenes today. (Associated Press)
- Democrats are criticizing the political activities of conservative third-party groups. (The Hill)
- Republican fundraisers have found success in using Democratic strategies. (Center for Public Integrity)
- Democrats and Republicans will go head-to-head on outstanding legislative priorities in the lame duck session. (Roll Call)($)
- Lobbying firms are preparing for a slew of last-minute campaign donations before the November elections. (Roll Call)($)
- The flow of money from third-party groups in judicial elections has increased. (National Journal)($)
- The health industry is shifting its funding away from Democrats. (Politico)
- Mike McIntyre of the New York Times attempts to trace the donors of a third-party group. (New York Times)
- The DISCLOSE Act is not dead yet. (Campaign Legal Center)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 10/4 – 10/8:
Relevant bills introduced:
- H.R. 6250, A bill to establish the terms and conditions States must follow in carrying out Congressional redistricting; to the Committee on the Judiciary.
- H.R. 6286, A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to repeal the limitation on the annual aggregate amount of contributions individuals may make to candidates for election for Federal office, to repeal the limitations on the amount of coordinated expenditures by political parties, and to protect uncompensated Internet activity by individuals from treatment as a contribution or expenditure under the Act; to the Committee on House Administration.
- H.R. 6289, A bill to direct the Librarian of Congress to make available to the public the bulk legislative summary and status data used to provide the information posted on the THOMAS website, and for other purposes; to the Committee on House Administration.
- S. Res. 665, A resolution to require a witness before a committee hearing to file a disclosure formidentifyingsubstantial financial interests or compensation from an organization or company directly related to the subject of a hearing; to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
- S. 3909, A bill to restore accountability and congressional oversight to the defense contracting process; to the Committee on Armed Services.
- S. 3924, A bill to promote transparency and accountability concerning the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; to the Committee on Finance.
Transparency events scheduled for 10/4 – 10/8:
- Advise & Dissent: Senate Confirmations, American University, 10/4, 12:00pm – 2:00pm, Washington College of Law, 4801MassachusettsAvenue NW, Student Lounge.
- Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favoritism From the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 10/4, 12:00pm – 1:14pm, Cannon House Office Building, Room 121.
- A Guide to the Internet Political Landscape, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, 10/5, 9:30am 11:00am, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 610A.
- Public Media in a Digital Age, New America Foundation, 10/5, 4:00pm 5:30pm, 1899 L Street NW, Suite 400.
- Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View, The Aspen Institute, 10/6, 6:00pm 8pm, 1 Dupont Circle, NW,Suite 700.
- Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion, 10/8, 8:00pm – ?, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW.