Here is Tuesday’s look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- 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:
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 10/19:
- Public Policy and Government Affairs: A Different Kind of Lawyering, American University -Washington College of Law, 10/19, 12:00pm 2:00pm, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 6th Floor Student Lounge.
- Discussion Celebrating the Publication of Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion, Georgetown University Law Center, 10/19, 4:00pm 5:30pm, 111 G Street NW, 5th Floor Atrium.