On November 16, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz to investigate whether Rupert Murdoch, in conjunction with White House officials, has been attempting to interfere with the Department of Justice’s review of the AT&T/Time Warner merger.
On November 9, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to open an investigation into the Attleboro Women’s Health Center (AWHC), which masquerades as an abortion clinic, but is actually part of a pro-life organization that actively tries to deceive women seeking abortion-related services. CfA’s complaint alleges that AWHC is engaging in deceptive business practices in violation of Massachusetts law.
Coalition Letter Urging Agencies to Finalize Proactive “Release to One, Release to All” FOIA Disclosure Policy
On October 31, 2017, CfA joined a coalition in urging policymakers to finalize and implement the proactive disclosure policy of “Release to One, Release to All” under the Freedom of Information Act.
On October 30, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a report revealing Google continues to place ads on websites that promote false information despite promises to alter its practices. CfA analyzed a sample of 1,255 news publishers and found that Google continues to place ads on hyper-partisan and misleading websites, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue for the company.
Complaint to Virginia State Bar Asking for Investigation of HHS Official, Scott Lloyd, for Violating Rules of Professional Conduct
On October 26, 2017, Campaign for Accountability, a government watchdog group focused on public accountability, called on the Virginia State Bar to investigate whether Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Edward Scott Lloyd violated the Virginia State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct. Mr. Lloyd deliberately violated the U.S. Constitution and other federal and state laws to prevent unaccompanied pregnant immigrant minors from obtaining abortions.
On October 24, 2017, a bipartisan coalition of 42 civil liberties, civil rights, and transparency organizations coordinated by Demand Progress Action released a letter calling on Congress to support the USA RIGHTS Act, a strong bipartisan surveillance reform bill introduced today by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and nine other Senators.
CfA Request to HHS Inspector General to Investigate Refugee Resettlement Director’s Unlawful and Abusive Conduct of Unaccompanied, Pregnant Immigrant Minors
On October 20, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd broke federal law by abusing his position and government resources to prevent unaccompanied pregnant immigrant minors from having legal abortions and to coerce some into continuing their pregnancies against their will.
CfA Lawsuit Against the Treasury Department for Failing to Release Records Related to Robert Mercer and Renaissance Technologies
On October 18, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington, D.C. against the Treasury Department to force the release of documents regarding Renaissance Technologies and its co-CEO, Robert Mercer.
Nine months after his inauguration, President Donald Trump's 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has provided no accounting of the amount of surplus funds left over and very little explanation as to how the committee has managed this surplus. On October 18, 2017, Campaign for Accountability joined 9 other civic groups and academics in sending a letter to Trump and his inaugural committee asking what happened to the leftover funds and calling for them to be given to the U.S. Treasury.
On October 11, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Office of Government Ethics to investigate whether Secretary Ryan Zinke violated ethics rules that prohibit federal employees from endorsing private entities. Secretary Zinke’s endorsement appears on the website of a fundraising firm he used for his congressional campaigns.