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Secrecy at the MBTA Pension Fund

(This post was originally published on the New England First Amendment Coalition blog, click here.) The MBTA Retirement Board recently voted to deny a request to turn over records relating to a controversial deal that cost the pension fund $25 million. The vote was tied 3-3 with directors loyal toGovernor Deval Patrick voting in favor of making the […]

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Big Money Scandal Roiling D.C. Mayor’s Race

Here’s a story to watch. A prominent Washington, D.C. businessman pleaded guilty Monday to making more than $2 million in illegal contributions to federal and local political campaigns, including the 2010 D.C. mayor’s race and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2008 presidential run. Prosecutors say Jeffrey E. Thompson, an accountant and health care entrepreneur, used his businesses […]

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Transparency moving through Colo. Legislature

Last month, transparency prevailed at the House Local Government Committee Hearing regarding the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA), or HB12-1193.

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Another election flooded by dark money? Let’s hope not

(Common Cause Massachusetts statement on dark money in 2014 state elections, click here.) Super PACs are quietly forming to influence the race for governor and other state elections in 2014, and if state lawmakers don’t pass a campaign finance disclosure bill soon (new CommonWealth Magazine article reports the bill will not pass in time), these […]

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SEC Stiffs the Public on Disclosure

Today’s clueless government agency is the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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 […]

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