On February 2, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a motion in the 21st Circuit Court in St. Louis County, Missouri to unseal the divorce records of Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor. After CfA filed the motion, the court clerk released some previously unreleased documents, but the divorce file remained sealed. On February 15, 2017, Puzder withdrew his nomination, prompting the judge overseeing the matter to dismiss CfA’s request as moot, but allowing the group to refile if the situation changed. On January 19, 2018, CfA filed a new petition in the 21st Circuit Court again asking the court to unseal Puzder's divorce records, after Politico reported the White House is evaluating Puzder for another, unspecified position in the Trump administration.
On November 27, 2017, CfA filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Oklahoma County against Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones for failing to release copies of audits and documents related to corruption allegations associated with the management of the Tar Creek Reclamation site in the state.
On December 11, 2017, CfA joined 38 organizations in endorsing the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA), common-sense legislation that improves Congress’s ability to oversee the Executive branch and provide needed governmental transparency.
Missouri Sunshine Request for Records Regarding Usage of Secret Messaging Apps by Missouri Governor and His Staff
On December 8, 2017, Campaign for Accountability submitted a Missouri Sunshine Request regarding the usage of secret messaging apps by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and his senior staff. The Kansas City Star reported Gov. Greitens and his senior staff use the phone-based app Confide, which deletes messages after they have been read and prevents recipients from saving them.
CfA’s year-long investigation into the solar industry reveals Vivint and SolarCity are the Industry’s Leading Bad Actors
On December 6, 2017, a diverse coalition of more than 30 organizations called upon Congress to pass a clean budget with no poison pill riders, particularly one that would stop the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending. These riders would roll back public protections, put workers at risk, restrict women’s rights, endanger the environment and undermine our democracy. The organizations opposing this poison pill represent a broad range of interests including labor unions, good government organizations, environmental groups, faith organizations, investors, and state and local groups.
Letter Calling on Congress to Investigate OMB Director Mick Mulvaney for Violating Federal Law as Temporary CFPB Director
On November 29, 2017, CfA called on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to investigate whether Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney violated the Anti-deficiency Act by directing OMB staff to perform work for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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.