Sequestration update and Super-PAC's, how much money is enough?

Thursday - 9/20/2012, 10:48pm EDT

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This week on BGOV's Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • The Office of Management and Budget's overdue report on budget cuts was released and lacked detail. So what was in the report and what's next? Defense Analyst Dr. Kevin Brancato joins us to explain.

  • Highway spending escapes the "mindless meat axe" known as sequestration. Transportation Analyst Matthew Hummer will give us the details about a little known wrinkle that made that possible.

  • In her latest study, Legislative Analyst Melissa Avstreih breaks down the world of campaign finance, specifically looking at Super-PAC's. She and Data Analyst Dr. Peter Brusoe examine how much money is being collected and spent on Obama vs. Romney 2012.

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Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.

Kevin Brancato is a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was a management scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he analyzed weapon system costs and defense manpower policies. He received a B.A. in math from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.

Matthew Hummer is a transportation analyst at Bloomberg Government. He was an economic analyst at The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. foreign aid agency that invests in public infrastructure in developing countries. At MCC, Hummer conducted cost-benefit analysis for transportation and energy projects. He holds finance and economics degrees from Fordham University and a master's of public policy from Georgetown University.

Melissa Avstreih is a transportation analyst at Bloomberg Government. She had been a partner at the Ferguson Group, a consulting firm where she chaired the Transportation Practice Group. Avstreih worked as a staffer for a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She holds a political science degree from West Chester University and a master's of international commerce and policy from George Mason University.

Peter Brusoe is a campaign finance data analyst for Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg he was a research associate with the Campaign Finance Institute where he co-authored a number of studies examining the confluence of campaign finance law and contributions. He received a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University at Albany, SUNY, an M.A. in Political Science from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and policy and a Ph.D. in political science from American University.