Here is Mondays look at transparency-related news items, the weeks congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- Outside groups are pouring money into key elections, but voter polls indicate the effects may be limited. (Wall Street Journal)($)
- Conservative third party group spending dwarfs that of their liberal counterparts. (Washington Post)
- Democrats have been playing up the role of outside spending in the predicted ‘wave’ of lost seats in 2010. (Politico)
- The Treasury Department’sover-relianceon redactions in its disclosure of documents raises serious questions about its transparency. (Bloomberg)
- American Crossroads’ Karl Rove points the finger back at the Obama Administration for setting precedent on secretive outside spending. (Politico)
- Crossroads groups’ flip-flopping on donor disclosure helped fuel calls for an IRS investigation into their tax registration. (Politico)
- Pro-Republican groups plan a big spending push in the last days before the election. (New York Times)
- Last Tuesday was the biggest campaign spending day yet of 2010. (Politico)
- U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies want to know if the crackdown on foreign influence in elections will affect their PACs of contributions from U.S. citizens employed by these subsidiaries. (The Hill)
- McClatchy takes a look at James Bopp, the man who successfully argued the political speech case for Citizens United. (McClatchy)
- OMB Watch is looking for a new chief executive as founder Gary Bass announces his departure. (Nonprofit Times)
- Campaigns have spent less than 1 percent of their budgets on smartphone advertising. (Politico)
- The manufacturing sector is boosting its lobbying budget. (Roll Call)($)
- The DCCC and NRCC square-off on House races in a last minute ad blitz. (The Hill)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 10/25 10/29:
Relevant bills introduced:
Transparency events scheduled for 10/25 10/29:
- If Justice Brennan Were Sitting on the Roberts Court…, American University – Washington College of Law, 10/25, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Room 603.
- Going Viral: How Campaigns are Using Social Media, Politico, 10/25, 6:30pm – 7:45pm, George Washington University, 805 21st Street NW, Jack Morton Auditorium.
- Symposium on Critical Issues in Journalism, Aspen Institute, 10/27, 9:00am, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW.
- 11th Annual Legal Reform Summit, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 10/27, 9:00am – 4:30pm, 1615 H Street NW.
- Money in Politics Forum, Committee for Economic Development, 10/28, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW.