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

News Roundup:

  • David Brooks argues that campaign spending does not have as much influence on elections as one might think. (New York Times)
  • Lobbyists are hitting the campaign trail for their favored candidates. (Roll Call)($)
  • In the 2010 elections, judges fear reprisals from interest groups for their rulings. (USA Today)
  • A Montana state judge has struck down the state’s ban on corporate political expenditures. (Wall Street Journal)($)
  • Former Representative Nathan Deal’s payments to a company belonging to the wife of a top staffer highlight a loophole in current financial disclosure requirements. (Roll Call)($)
  • Liberal blog Daily Kos is using popular Google searches to boost rankings of negative news stories against Republicans. (Politico)
  • Spending on elections by non-profits and PACs has increased by 40 percent in 2010. (Campaign Finance Institute)
  • The whistleblower website Wikileaks is set to release over 400,000 secret military reports this week. (USA Today)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 10/19:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 10/19:

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