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

News Roundup:

  • The Podesta Group has had a very successful past few weeks, helping secure major wins for big clients such as Boeing Co. and United Technologies Corp. Roll Call $
  • Investor George Soros is pushing the SEC to implement strict rules requiring oil companies to disclose payments to foreign governments while Exxon and other companies are advocating for exemptions. The Hill
  • The Supreme Court unanimously found that FOIA’s 7(c) exemption, which prevents releasing records or information that constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, does not apply to companies. Project on Government Oversight/The Washington Times
  • Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, fired Deputy Press Secretary Kurt Bardella after allegations that he inappropriately shared his correspondence with reporters with the New York Times’ Mark Leibovich. ABC News
  • The Senate passed a bill proposed by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) that would prevent the president and Members of Congress from receiving a salary in the event of a government shutdown. Roll Call $
  • Columbia Law School’s “Redistricting and Gerrymandering” course has launched DrawCongress.org, a website where the public can view nonpartisan redistricting plans designed by Columbia students. Columbia Law School
  • Witnesses told the Commission on Wartime Contracting that federal agencies are inconsistently and incompletely entering mandatory reports on contractors’ past performance in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System and Past Performance Information Retrieval System government database. Government Executive
  • Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned lawmakers that they risk another financial crisis if they do not pursue housing finance reform that includes the phasing out of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Politico
  • State and Federal Communications, Inc. attempts to clarify Citizens United. Lobby Comply Blog
  • A PEW Research Center study has found that public perception of and inclination toward civic engagement and community involvement positively correlate with public perception of the transparency and openness of their government. Pew Research Center
  • Some say that current criticism of Obama administration regulations is just another example of industry “crying wolf.” Politico
  • A bipartisan effort in South Carolina is attempting to eliminate leadership PACs, which can accept contributions from lobbyists and that have different contribution limitations, in the Senate. Lobby Comply Blog

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/2:

  • None.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None.

Transparency events scheduled for 3/2:

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