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

News Roundup:

  • Total campaign spending in 2010 by candidates and outside groups could reach $4 billion. (Washington Post)
  • The Treasury Department placed a hiring ad for an expert in using FOIA exemptions to “withhold information from release to the public”. (Washington Examiner)
  • The Treasury Department continues to disappoint on transparency. (The Atlantic)
  • House Republicans are considering creating a new leadership post to give freshman advocates for congressional reform a voice at the table. (National Journal)($)
  • The upcoming lame-duck session is campaign finance reformers’ last hope for consideration of the DISCLOSE Act – at least until 2012. (Daily Caller)
  • White House counsel Bob Bauer’s previous statements on donor disclosure highlight the Administration’s reversal on campaign finance. (National Review)
  • Unions are funding key Democrats in the Senate but have abandoned most conservative House Blue Dogs. (The Hill)
  • Embattled Representative Charlie Rangel has asked the EthicsCommitteefor a delay in proceedings against him. (Politico)
  • NPR attempts to map the network of Republican third-party groups. (NPR)
  • House Democrats are preparing for a competitive battle for Minority Leader if they lose their majority. (Roll Call)($)
  • Republican lobbyists are looking to a GOP midterm win to improve their fortunes off and on the Hill. (Roll Call)($)
  • Lobbying firms are not rushing to hire Republicans just yet. (Politico)

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 10/28:

  • None

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None

Transparency events scheduled for 10/28:

  • Money in Politics Forum, Committee for Economic Development, 10/28, 12:00pm 1:30pm, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW.

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