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July 14, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Public Outcry Protects Open Gov Against Backroom Legislation



Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin Bipartisan protest demanded the removal of anti-transparency language from Wisconsin's state budget bill.

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Topics: Open Government

July 13, 2015

By Scott H. Amey, J.D.

USAID’s Partner Vetting System: Controversial but Necessary



Photo of US Aid in Action The United States Agency for International Development’s Partner Vetting System isn't without controversy, but it is possible to find the right balance to ensure taxpayer dollars don't go to terrorists.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

July 13, 2015

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

Why the NDAA is Much Bigger than Just the Defense Budget



Sen. John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee The annual behemoth defense spending bill has become the method of choice for a lot of elected officials to shuttle unpopular legislation through Congress in near secrecy.

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Topics: Government Accountability

July 10, 2015

By Spencer Brignac

How the House Almost Cheated Taxpayers Out of Billions



Oil drilling on public lands An amendment to prevent increasing onshore oil royalties nearly cost taxpayers $1.25 billion over the next 10 years.

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Topics: Energy and Natural Resources

July 10, 2015

By Neil Gordon

Court Upholds Federal Ban on Pay-to-Play



Photo of Donkey Hotey Campaign Finance Reform cartoon A federal appeals court unanimously upheld the ban on contractor campaign contributions. The court ruled that the ban is supported by the compelling interest of preventing corruption.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

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