Here is Thursday's look at transparency-related news items, congressional committee hearings, transparency-related bills introduced in Congress, and transparency-related events.
- 'Nonpolitical' groups are spending record amounts of money on political advertising. (NPR)
- The Treasury Department has relied heavily on outside contractors for the financial bailout, but discloses little about their work. (Washington Post)
- Hundreds of VFW members are objecting to the organization's PAC's donations to certain candidates. (Washington Times)
- The FEC will not penalize candidates for unpaid debts to campaign vendors. (Roll Call)($)
- With significant third-party spending on Republican candidates, Democrats are losing their spending advantage. (Roll Call)($)
- The Crossroads groups have increased their fundraising goal by $15 million. (National Journal)($)
- Former Representative Charlie Bass failed to properly disclose his work on behalf of a company he owned stock in. (The Hill)
- Policy Perspectives 2010, Cato Institute, 10/14, 10:30am 2:00pm, The Four Seasons Houston, 1300 Lamar Street, Houston TX.
- James Madison Rules America: The Constitutional Origins of Congressional Partisanship, Cato Institute, 10/14, 12:00pm, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue NW, F.A. Hayek Auditorium.
- Strengthening the Rule of Law: 20 Years of Partnership ABA 20th Anniversary Gala, American Bar Association, 10/14, 7:30pm, Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW.