Millions of Americans’ lives are negatively impacted by decisions made behind the doors of corporate boardrooms, government offices, and shadowy nonprofit groups. CfA works on behalf of the public interest to expose corruption, negligence, and unethical behavior wherever it may occur. We investigate the actions of powerful interests at every level of society, ranging from the largest corporations to the smallest county governments. Our current priorities include federal accountability, state oversight, corporate responsibility, consumer protection, and reproductive rights.
Daniel Stevens is the Executive Director of Campaign for Accountability (CfA). Under his leadership, CfA has filed numerous complaints against state and federal officials leading to inquiries by government investigators, secured the release of sought-after public records through litigation, investigated the deceptive marketing practices of deceitful industries, and continued to document Google’s extensive influence in Washington. While at CfA, Daniel has overseen the launch of the BlackRock Transparency Project – which tracks the political influence of the world’s largest asset manager – and the Themis Project, which seeks to hold the anti-choice movement accountable. Daniel is an active commentator on public accountability issues and is regularly featured in national media outlets.
Dan joined CfA in 2015 to serve as its Deputy Director. Prior to joining CfA, Dan was a political writer at MapLight, a researcher for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives. He is a graduate of Middlebury College.
Alice Huling is Counsel at Campaign for Accountability, where she works as a part of CfA’s Themis Project to advance access to reproductive healthcare. Alice investigates unethical behavior and malfeasance by anti-choice actors and uses the law to hold bad actors accountable. Alice drafts and files complaints with state and federal authorities in order to advance CfA’s Themis Project. Alice also corresponds with government officials and initiates Freedom of Information Act requests to investigate attacks on access to reproductive healthcare.
Before joining CfA, Alice worked as an antitrust associate in Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s New York office. Alice’s pro bono work included several reproductive rights cases for which she worked with Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights to challenge anti-choice legislation and policies. Alice received her Juris Doctorate from New York University School of Law and received her Bachelor’s Degree from The George Washington University.
Julia Long is a Research Associate at Campaign for Accountability. Julia provides research for CfA’s Themis Project, which seeks to hold the anti-choice movement accountable. Notably, Julia’s investigation of the Heidi Group, an anti-abortion nonprofit based in Texas, determined that the organization may have violated criminal law by misappropriating taxpayer funds. CfA subsequently called on the Travis County District Attorney in Austin, Texas to investigate the group’s conduct. In addition to researching the anti-choice movement, Julia tracks anonymous campaign spending and investigates public officials.
Before joining CfA, Julia was a field organizer in Pennsylvania during the 2016 election. Julia previously served as an AmeriCorps member in Miami and worked as a caseworker for the Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services of Allegheny County. Julia received her Bachelor’s Degree from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh.
Bryan Dewan is a Communications Associate at Campaign for Accountability. While at CfA, Bryan has overseen the management of CfA’s new website, created graphics for various reports and projects, revamped CfA’s social media and email newsletter strategies to increase awareness of CfA’s work, and has shared CfA’s efforts with journalists and reporters across the nation. As part of this work, he manages communications for the Google Transparency Project and the BlackRock Transparency Project. In addition to his communications duties, Bryan also conducts research on public officials and the anti-choice movement.
Bryan first came to CfA as a Communications and Research Intern in the Summer of 2016. Before joining CfA, he interned at the news website ThinkProgress and worked as a Research Assistant for the Colgate University Political Science Department. Bryan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Colgate University, completing a double-major in Political Science and Computer Science.
Robin Brand is the president of RMB Strategies, a political consulting firm. Previously, she held leadership positions in the Victory Fund and Gill Action.
Nick Hackworth is the president of M Street Solutions. He has over a decade of experience in all levels of political research and most recently served as Director of Strategic Research for President Obama’s successful re-election campaign.
Ben Fortney runs digital communications operations for the University of St. Augustine. He has almost two decades of experience in online advocacy and engagement for mission-driven organizations.
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Since our founding in May 2015, CfA has achieved notable success. We spent months tracking down complaints against solar companies that had misled consumers about the true costs and energy savings associated with rooftop solar panels. Now the SEC is investigating.
CfA’s complaints against public officials have also prompted law enforcement investigations. In 2015 and 2016, we filed complaints against United States Senator Bob Corker alleging he concealed information about his stake in several Tennessee hedge funds managed by his campaign donors. Subsequently, the FBI and SEC opened investigations into Sen. Corker’s financial ties to these companies.
In early 2017, we led the effort to unseal the divorce records of President Trump’s Secretary of Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder. According to press reports, Mr. Puzder’s ex-wife had accused him of domestic violence. CfA filed a motion to unseal Mr. Puzder’s divorce records to allow the public and U.S. Senators to evaluate the character of someone who would oversee efforts to combat workplace harassment and violence. CfA secured the release of some of those records, and Mr. Puzder withdrew his name from consideration.
Additionally, in May 2017, CfA called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, violated House ethics rules when he warned a banking executive that one of his employees was a member of an opposing activist group. Rep. Frelinghuysen announced his retirement from Congress in January 2018.
In June 2018, CfA asked the Office of Special Counsel to investigate whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke violated the Hatch Act by tweeting a picture of himself wearing “Make America Great Again” socks while participating in the Western Governors’ Association’s annual meeting. After CfA criticized the tweet, Secretary Zinke apologized, and the Office of Special Counsel opened a case file on the matter. On December 20, 2018, the Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to CfA announcing it had determined that Secretary Zinke indeed violated the Hatch Act by wearing his “Make America Great Again” socks. Secretary Zinke stepped down from his position in January 2019.
We’ve also been active at the state and local level. In February 2018, CfA asked Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes to investigate Utah State Rep. Mike Noel for using his government positions to enrich himself and for failing to disclose his conflicts of interest. Three weeks later, Rep. Noel announced his retirement from elected office.
Additionally, in 2015, CfA called on Attorneys General in Utah, Arizona, and Montana to investigate Utah State Rep. Ken Ivory for fraud. CfA’s complaints alleged Rep. Ivory, as the then-president of the American Lands Council, had defrauded local governments by soliciting funds to advocate for a patently unconstitutional proposition: the transfer of national lands to state control. The Utah Attorney General’s office opened an investigation, and Ivory stepped down as CEO of American Lands Council amid public scrutiny.
In November 2017, CfA filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma officials for failing to release copies of audits and documents related to corruption allegations associated with the management of the Tar Creek Reclamation site. While he was serving as the Attorney General of Oklahoma, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt declined to bring criminal charges in response to an audit that found evidence of criminal wrongdoing at the Tar Creek Reclamation site. The Oklahoma Attorney General’s office fought to prevent the release of the audit, but on April 9, 2018, Oklahoma Attorney General Hunter released the requested documents. CfA has since filed two more lawsuits to uncover why these audit documents were kept secret. On July 5, 2018, Scott Pruitt resigned from the EPA.
Our reproductive rights work has also been successful. After CfA and the Texas Freedom Network asked Texas lawmakers to investigate why the Texas Health and Human Services Commission renewed contracts with the anti-abortion nonprofit The Heidi Group – despite the Heidi Group’s failure to deliver promised services under its original contracts – the state subsequently announced it would cancel its contracts with the nonprofit.
Furthermore, after CfA filed several complaints against Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd – an anti-choice ideologue who tried to prevent unaccompanied immigrant minors from obtaining legal abortions – the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reassigned Mr. Lloyd to another position within the department. According to Politico, Mr. Lloyd had effectively been removed from office months earlier.
CfA’s corporate responsibility work has also made an impact. In September 2018, Facebook announced it would stop “embedding” employees in presidential campaigns, just one month after CfA called on Congress to investigate the practice.
In April of 2016, CfA launched the Google Transparency Project to track one of the most notable, yet least-examined examples of corporate influence in government today.
In late 2017, CfA launched the Themis Project, an initiative to hold the anti-choice movement accountable. As a part of this work, CfA filed complaints with local authorities to hold a Texas-based anti-choice nonprofit accountable for misappropriating state funds. CfA also called for the investigation of U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd for his role in preventing unaccompanied pregnant immigrant minors from having abortions. CfA also filed a complaint against the Attleboro Women’s Health Center in Attleboro, Massachusetts for masquerading as an abortion clinic. Following CfA’s complaint, the Attleboro clinic scrubbed misleading claims from its website.
In June 2018, CfA launched the BlackRock Transparency Project to track the political influence of the world’s largest asset manager.
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