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In Wake of WV Spill, Senate Bill Would Boost Oversight of Chemical Storage Facilities

In Wake of WV Spill, Senate Bill Would Boost Oversight of Chemical Storage Facilities
After 300,000 West Virginia residents were restricted from drinking their tap water in the wake of a disastrous chemical spill, a Senate panel has cleared a bill that would boost state's oversight of chemical storage facilities, in the hope to avert another environmental tragedy.
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Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money

Without Election Regulation, Massachusetts Steels Itself for Onslaught of Dark Money
Super PACs are quietly forming to influence the Massachusetts' races for governor and other elections in 2014, and if state lawmakers can't pass a campaign finance disclosure bill soon, these outside groups will be free to spend unlimited sums without disclosing their donors in real time.
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Dem Bills in AL Would Hurt Legislative Transparency and Ethics Investigations

Dem Bills in AL Would Hurt Legislative Transparency and Ethics Investigations
If the intent is to prove that Democrats can also have dumb ideas, why then Mobile area Rep. Joseph Mitchell has outdone himself with 2 pre-filed bills. One would set up "pivileged communications" for legislators and the other could possibly help legislators thwart ethics & criminal investigations.  I'm seeing a pattern here...
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Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending

Insecure Commission: SEC Dumps Proposal Requiring Companies to Disclose Political Spending
Since 2011, more than 640,000 Americans have written to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates the stock market and publicly-owned corporations, to support a proposal that it require companies to report their political spending to stockholders and the public. The commission responded last week by unceremoniously dumping the proposed rule from its 2014 agenda.
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Judge: The Fed's Obligations to Goldman Sachs Not as Important as Public's Right to Know

Judge: The Fed's Obligations to Goldman Sachs Not as Important as Public's Right to Know
A federal judge rejected the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s plea to seal documents in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former bank examiner who claims she was fired for doing her job. “I am not convinced that anything will be accomplished to seal or redact a complaint that is publicly available,” U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams said.
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Massachusetts Law Would Require Disclosure of Top 5 Campaign Contributors on Every Political Ad

Massachusetts Law Would Require Disclosure of Top 5 Campaign Contributors on Every Political Ad
The Massachusetts Disclosure Act, which was passed by the State Senate in 2012 and refiled in 2013, would close numerous loopholes opened up by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision and require more disclosure by candidates and the corporations underwriting (and undermining) the whole process. The legislation is getting new found attention with the Boston Globe's endorsement this week.
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Obama Admin's Delayed Transparency on Keystone XL Lobbying Results in Lawsuit

Obama Admin's Delayed Transparency on Keystone XL Lobbying Results in Lawsuit
Friends of the Earth has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department for failing to expedite its April 2013 Freedom of Information Act request seeking communications between lobbyists for the TransCanada Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline and the agency tasked to make the final decision on KXL's northern half.
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Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale

Hope and Change? Access to the President Should Never Be for Sale
Organizing for Action, the Obama administration’s new “independent,” non-profit advocacy group, should be put out of business and its plan to schedule quarterly meetings with the President for its big contributors and fundraisers should be scrapped.
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Should the Supreme Court Enforce a Code of Ethics on Itself?

It’s the first Monday in October, so the big news outlets and legal blogs were full over the weekend of stories and posts on the opening of the Supreme Court’s 2012-13 term.
The new term begins with the court still refusing to formally adopt for itself the ethical code it enforces at every other level of the federal judiciary. The Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges instructs judges to maintain their independence by acting “without fear or favor.” It tells judges to disqualify themselves from cases in which they or members of their family have a personal interest, to take care to obey laws requiring them to disclose their personal finances and to avoid any involvement in partisan politics, among other things.
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Senate Vote on DISCLOSE Act Could Cast Light on Donors Hidden Since Citizens United

Today, the Senate will hold a cloture vote on the DISCLOSE Act- 60 Senators must vote to proceed or the bill will die on the floor. The bill, requires that any organization spending $10,000 or more on elections disclose their donors who gave $10,000 or more. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), the bill’s sponsor, warns that “the flood of secret money unleashed by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision threatens to drown out the voices of middle class families in our democracy.”
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