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

News Roundup:

  • AT&T consistently outspends the majority of its competitors when it comes to lobbying, and is stepping it up as the federal review of it’s proposed merger with T-Mobile begins. Politico
  • Prominent DC lobbyist John Weinfurter hosted a fundraising party for Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH), a member who proudly touts her work to limit lobbyist influence in Washington. Washington Times
  • Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) Freedom Project PAC raised $364,500 from lobbyists, corporate executives, a Native American tribe, and several PACs in February, the first full month where Boehner held the position of Speaker. Politico
  • In addition to signing onto DC-based lobbying firm Prime Policy Group as vice chairman in January, former Rep. John Tanner (D-TN) is now signing onto Tennessee-based law firm Miller & Martin as counsel. Roll Call $
  • The Supreme Court decided not to hear a challenge to federal campaign finance restrictions brought by former Louisiana Rep. Anh Cao and the Republican National Committee. Washington Times
  • Sen. McCaskill (D-MO) acknowledged that she and her husband failed to pay property taxes on a private airplane that she used for official Senate travel, and promised to immediately repay the taxes, totaling $287,000. Roll Call $
  • In testimony before a House panel, the Government Accountability Office asserted that the office brings $87 worth of value in oversight for every $1 invested. Project on Government Oversight

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/22:

  • None. House and Senate not in session.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None. House and Senate not in session.

Transparency events scheduled for 3/22:

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