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

News Roundup:

  • A Washington Post analysis found that three out of every four oil and gas lobbyists have previously worked for the government. (The Washington Post)
  • Politico looked at the money spent by the oil industry on lobbying. (Politico)
  • PACs associated with defense contractors are set to make record-level campaign contributions this year. (The Hill)
  • House Republican leader John Boehner (R-OH) has promised to resume pushing a measure requiring bills to be posted online 72 hours prior to a vote. (The Hill)
  • The government is touting the release of Health and Human Services data as an example of how releasing government data can be beneficial. (nextgov)
  • The House ethics committee announced that there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) violated House rules and has set up a panel to investigate. (The Hill) (Roll Call)($)
  • Provisions in the new financial regulation law require the Treasury Department to increase the transparency of its loan modification program. (ProPublica)
Relevant committee hearings scheduled for 7/22:
  • None
Relevant bills introduced:
  • A bill to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to prohibit foreign influence in Federal elections, to prohibit government contractors from making expenditures with respect to such elections, and to establish additional disclosure requirements with respect to spending in such elections, and for other purposes; read the first time. S. 3628
Transparency events scheduled for 7/22:
  • None