Tag: campaign finance

This Week in Open, July 14, 2015

Nothing slowed down in open data news during our two-week hiatus so let’s jump right in. NEWS: Hot off the presses: Jackie Borchardt reports that the Ohio online checkbook is, “out of date.” On the heels of a call for more disclosure by Common Cause Ohio, the Plain Dealer editorial board wants more regular and frequent campaign finance reporting in…

Op-ed: More local government transparency needed for Ohio campaign finance data

The following oped appeared in the print version of The Plain Dealer on Sunday, April 26, 2015 (yeah, Sunday circulation!), and online here at cleveland.com. Please share your thoughts about it there or below, and thanks to the editorial page editors for selecting this important content. At a public meeting in Oakland, California, early in 2014, an analyst with the city’s…

Transparency reform bills introduced in Congress on anniversary of Citizens United

The often-cited quote about the pursuit of open government and open data by United States Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis is that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” This mantra to many is included in the 1913 Harper’s Weekly article, entitled “What Publicity Can Do.” His words are possibly even more relevant now, as we observe the…