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

News Roundup:

  • In 2008, Republican-led lobby shop Navigators merged with Democratic-leaning Roberti Associates to become the bipartisan Navigators Global. Now the firm has returned to its Republican-only composition. The Hill
  • Former Governor of Louisiana Buddy Roemer said that his pledge to only accept donations from individuals in amounts of $100 or less means that “when I am elected president, I will be free to lead.” Tech President
  • On behalf of telecommunications consumers, the Media Access Project is advocating for the Federal Communications Commission to increase the required disclosure of political ads. Washington Post
  • While AT&T has a strong presence on the Hill, a number of advocacy groups and industry figures are preparing to actively oppose the proposed merger. The Hill
  • Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has launched an investigation into a report released by the Office of Special Counsel alleging that officials in the Bush Administration violated the Hatch Act. Government Executive
  • The Supreme Court declined to review a lower court decision that is allowing the Federal Reserve to disclose details regarding which financial institutions borrowed from the federal emergency funds during the 2008 credit crisis. Politico
  • Citizens for Responsibility and ethics is suing the Department of Justice for refusing to comply with FOIA requests for records regarding the federal investigation of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas. Center for Public Integrity
  • Crossroads GPS launched Wikicountability, a way to hold the government publicly accountable for it’s degree of compliance with FOIA requests through crowdsourcing. Politico
  • Missouri Republicans are amending their complaint against Sen. McCaskill (D-MO) regarding her failure to pay taxes on a private plane used for official Senate travel. The amended complaint will ask the Senate Ethics Committee to review the Senator’s political use of the plane. Roll Call $/Politico
  • Former Jack Abramoff colleague Kevin Ring is facing a third trial related to his involvement in a public corruption scandal. Roll Call $
  • A new grant will allow Hawaii to institute a new Office of Information Management and Technology and hire the state’s first Chief Information Officer. Government Technology

Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 3/23:

  • None. House and Senate not in session.

Relevant bills introduced:

  • None. House and Senate not in session.

Transparency events scheduled for 3/23:

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