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, and consumer protection.
Dan Stevens is the Executive Director of Campaign for Accountability (CfA). With over a decade of experience advocating for public accountability, Stevens first came to CfA to serve as its Deputy Director, where he oversaw research and communications. Prior to joining CfA, he exposed the impact of money in politics as a political writer at MapLight. His reporting was regularly featured in national media outlets. Dan has also worked as a researcher for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and the Iowa House of Representatives.
Katie O’Connor is Legal Counsel for Campaign for Accountability (CfA), where she works to advance reproductive rights. Prior to joining CfA, O’Connor served as Director of Policy Development and Programming at the American Constitution Society, where she developed and implemented national programming for ACS’s Democracy & Voting and Equality & Liberty portfolios. Previously, O’Connor was a staff attorney with the Voter Protection Program at Advancement Project. She began her career at the ACLU Voting Rights Project in Atlanta. O’Connor received her Bachelor of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law.
Julia Long is a Research Associate at Campaign for Accountability where she tracks anonymous campaign spending and the anti-choice movement. A native of Pennsylvania, Julia was a field organizer in the Keystone state during the 2016 election. Previously, Julia served as an AmeriCorps member in Miami and Pittsburgh, and worked as a caseworker for the Office of Children, Youth, and Family Services of Allegheny County. She 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 (CfA). Dewan first came to CfA as a Communications and Research Intern in the Summer of 2016. Previously, he interned at the news website ThinkProgress and worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Barry A. Shain of the Colgate University Political Science Department. Dewan received his Bachelor’s Degree Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University, completing a double-major in Political Science and Computer Science and earning High Honors in Political Science. At Colgate, Dewan wrote for the Colgate Maroon News, the oldest collegiate weekly newspaper in the United States.
Board of Directors
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 is an Associate Director of Communications & Marketing at World Education Services. He was previously the New Media Director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and an Interactive Media Manager for the United Nations Association of the USA.
Advocacy groups do not always have the capacity or will to take on the opposition directly. We will hold those who act at the expense of the public good accountable for their actions.
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Since our founding in May 2015, CfA has achieved notable success. We spent months tracking down complaints across the country against solar companies that have misled consumers about the true costs and energy savings associated with buying or leasing rooftop solar panels. Now the SEC is investigating.
Complaints filed by CfA have also resulted in law enforcement investigations of public officials. 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 accused him of assaulting her. CfA filed a motion in the 21st Circuit Court in St. Louis County, Missouri to unseal Mr. Puzder’s divorce records and 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.
We’ve also been active at the state and local level. 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.
We’ve also investigated corporate influence. 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 November of 2015, we revealed how a payday lending industry trade association paid for and edited a controversial academic paper claiming that payday loans do not leave consumers trapped in cycles of debt.
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.
We work hard to pursue public accountability across the nation. Click below to learn more about our most recent actions.