On October 27, 2016, CfA asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to investigate companies providing solar panels to residential homes. CfA’s request is based on a review of consumer complaints filed with the attorney general’s office suggesting false and misleading trade practices that may violate Texas law.
On September 30, 2016, CfA called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to improve its ethics enforcement program. Documents published by the Google Transparency Project reveal that top NHTSA officials were in frequent contact with Google executives while working on federal guidelines for self-driving cars.
CfA Asks US DOJ to Investigate Donald Trump for Filing Apparently Inaccurate Financial Disclosure Forms
On August 30, 2016, CfA filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section requesting an investigation of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for filing apparently inaccurate financial disclosure reports for 2015 and 2016.
On July 15, 2016, CfA Executive Director Anne Weismann issued a statement in response to the Department of Defense’s refusal to investigate Secretary Ashton Carter for misusing his private email account.
CfA Demands that Liberty Counsel Immediately Release Documents Responsive to Its Open Records Request
On July 6, 2016, CfA sent a letter to Liberty Counsel, a religious-right group representing Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, seeking the release of documents responsive to its open records request.
On May 9, 2016, CfA called on Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to investigate former Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby for flagrantly violating Kansas criminal law by submitting false expenses, misusing public funds, and conspiring to cover up his conduct. Mr. Newby held his Kansas position for ten years, departing in November 2015 to serve as the executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
On April 26, 2016, CfA launched the Google Transparency Project (GTP), an online resource that allows the public to explore the company’s influence on government, public policies, and our lives.