"A government watchdog group called for a congressional investigation Friday into allegations that acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler violated transparency law in his previous work as a lobbyist, accusing him of hiding meetings with the Department of Interior about shrinking a national monument to allow for the reopening of a uranium mine."
Government Watchdog Calls for Investigation of Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler for Multiple Lobbying Disclosure Violations
Campaign for Accountability called on House and Senate officials to investigate whether Andrew Wheeler, the Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and his former lobbying firm, committed multiple violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act.
"Campaign for Accountability, a public watchdog organization based in Washington, wants the Environmental Protection Agency to provide relevant documents related to Pruitt’s failure to release the audits publicly. The refusal was widely criticized at the time, including by the auditor himself."
"Whatever Pruitt’s original reason for suppressing the report, it now has national significance. 'This whole situation is about the way Pruitt handled alleged wrongdoing at one site,' said Stevens. 'He now oversees the entire Superfund program across the country. What does this mean about how he’s running the entire program?'"
"The Campaign for Accountability (CFA), a DC-based watchdog group, has been seeking the release of the audit. Last fall, it filed suit to force the state to release the report, litigation that is still pending. And on Thursday it filed suit against the EPA to find out whether Pruitt may have used his position with the agency to keep the audit—and any wrongdoing it may have uncovered—from seeing the light of day. The new suit contends that the agency has failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for documents concerning whether Pruitt’s agency may have coordinated with Oklahoma officials to keep the audit under seal—and whether EPA officials may have leaked a 2013 report by the agency”s inspector general that downplayed allegations of wrongdoing in connection with the buyout program. In February, several news outlets obtained copies of the report."
American Oversight Represents Campaign for Accountability in Federal Lawsuit Seeking Tar Creek Records
"The Tar Creek audit is the subject of an ongoing open records lawsuit by Campaign for Accountability, a Washington, D.C. group. On Feb. 23, an Oklahoma County judge rejected Hunter's motion to dismiss the lawsuit and gave the attorney general's office 30 days to respond."
"The Lester letter could play a crucial role in a pending open records lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court. Both the auditor's office and Campaign for Accountability, a Washington D.C.-based group, have argued that Pruitt's decision to release the audit to Lester in 2014 grants them the authority to release it to the general public."
"Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones has responded through his attorney to an Open Records Act (ORA) lawsuit regarding the Picher buyout filed by a Washington DC watchdog group Campaign for Accountability (CfA)."