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

News Roundup:

  • 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:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 10/25 10/29:

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