Sunday, October 30, 2011

Government Reformers to "Trick or Treat" at Rep. Chris Van Hollen's Office // Group Seeks Deficit Supercommittee Fundraising Disclosures

This Halloween, open government reformers are planning a "Trick or Treat" visit to "Deficit Supercommittee" members around the country. Since one of them happens to live in MoCo, Maryland Juice thought it would be fun to highlight this issue. No offense intended toward Mr. Van Hollen, who supporters tell me is pushing for Federal employees on the 12-member body (we hope he's also working to keep the rumored Medicare cuts off the table).

At 9:00 am today, costumed advocates from the Sunlight Foundation and area residents will visit Rep. Van Hollen's Rockville district office. We print their announcement below and also include their web ad announcing this project:

This Halloween, there’s plenty to be scared of on Capitol Hill. The fate of $1.5 trillion rests in the hands of 12 members of the “Super Committee” tasked with slashing our national deficit. We’d like to think this Committee has our best interest in mind when they hover the axe, but the Committee’s been operating in the shadows where deep pocketed powerful special interests, creepy corporations and other things that go bump in the night are whispering in their ears. (Learn more

Will it be Medicare or environmental programs on the chopping block? Will taxes get hiked or revenues slashed? We don’t know. But as long as the Super Committee does their work in the shadows, the vampires and zombie lobbyists lurking there will be heard louder than the rest of us. It’s time to get the skeletons out of the closet and tell the Super Committee that transparency isn’t just for ghosts this year. Join us as we Haunt the House (and Senate):
Monday, October 31 · 9:00am - 12:00pm

Rep. Chris Van Hollen's Rockville office
51 Monroe St. #507
Rockville, MD 20850

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