On July 6, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called for a full accounting of the nearly one million dollars the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands has spent to date to develop a lawsuit to compel the federal government to transfer national public lands to the state. CfA’s review of the hundreds of pages of invoices for work done by outside lawyers, public relations firms, and polling experts reveals apparent prohibited lobbying expenditures, luxury travel, and significant billing discrepancies — all at taxpayer expense. On September 13, 2016, we requested that the Commission release the results of its internal review. On September 7, 2017, CfA called on the Commission to release all communications, documents, and invoices submitted by its law firm, Davillier Law Group, LLC.
FOIA Request to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about the Predatory Lending Practices of Clayton Homes
On August 17, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Consumer Financial Protection Board to follow up on a Seattle Times/ Center for Public Integrity investigation into predatory lending practices of Clayton Homes, one of the nation’s largest mobile home sellers.
On August 2, 2017, CfA asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made criminal false statements by lying to Congress about conduct by OneWest, when Sec. Mnuchin was the bank’s CEO. In both written and oral testimony, Sec. Mnuchin denied OneWest engaged in robo-signing despite significant evidence to the contrary.
Letter Requesting DOJ Investigation of Interior Department Nominee David Bernhardt for Lobbying Disclosure Violations
On July 20, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to investigate whether David Bernhardt, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior, violated the Lobbying Disclosure At by continuing to lobby despite formally withdrawing his registration in 2016. Emails obtained through a California public records request show Mr. Bernhardt continued to advance the interests of Westlands Water District, a California agricultural entity, after terminating his lobbying registration.
On July 19, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an investigation into companies that offer residential solar panels. A review of consumer complaints filed with FTC reveals many of these companies have engaged in false and misleading acts in the marketing and sale or lease of solar panels, in apparent violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act.
On July 11, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a new report, Google Academics Inc., revealing Google’s extensive financial support for academics and policy experts. CfA identified 329 research papers published between 2005 and 2017 on public policy matters of interest to Google that were in some way funded by the company.
No other company in America was as intimately tied to the Obama Administration and the Democratic Party during Barack Obama’s eight years in office than Google. Today the company is doing everything it can to restore the same cozy White House access it enjoyed under President Obama.
On June 15, 2017, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Bar alleging that President Donald J. Trump’s personal attorney, Marc E. Kasowitz, may have violated District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct.
On June 2, 2017, Free Speech For People and Campaign for Accountability filed an additional amendment to our joint FEC complaint filed May 3, 2017. This second amendment to the complaint provides new information which has come to public light in reporting since the May 3 filing.