"Google and federal regulators have tended to have an especially close relationship when it comes to driverless cars. The Obama administration, for instance, took an innovation-friendly approach that sometimes translated into 'regulators reaching out to Google asking them how to write the rules,' said Daniel Stevens, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit watchdog group"
Watchdog Praises Adam Schiff’s Decision to Refer Erik Prince to DOJ for Lying to Congress Following CfA’s Complaint
On April 30, 2019, CfA released a statement praising House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s decision to refer Erik Prince to the U.S. Department of Justice for lying to Congress. CfA previously called on Congress to refer Prince for criminal investigation on March 8, 2018.
Watchdog Releases Report Revealing North Carolina Lawmaker Jason Saine Introduces Bills to Benefit Campaign Donors
On April 25, 2019, CfA released a new report, Jason Saine: Hired Gun, revealing that North Carolina State Representative Jason Saine– one of the top fundraisers in the North Carolina legislature – appears to have repeatedly introduced favorable legislation for the benefit of his campaign donors. CfA’s report details nine previously unreported examples of Rep. Saine’s apparent pay-to-play behavior, which in turn provided him with campaign cash he used to fund an extravagant, high-flying lifestyle.
Interior IG to Review CfA’s Request for Investigation into Acting Secretary Bernhardt’s Relationship with Former Client
On April 2, 2019, CfA announced that the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Interior confirmed it is reviewing CfA’s request for investigation into Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and his relationship with his former lobbying client, Westlands Water District, an agricultural conglomerate in California.
"In a letter to the executive director of one of the groups, the Campaign for Accountability, Inspector General Mary L. Kendall wrote that her office 'received seven complaints, including yours, from a wide assortment of complainants alleging various conflict of interest and other violations by then deputy secretary of the interior, David Bernhardt.'"
Watchdog Again Calls for Investigation of Interior Nominee David Bernhardt for Lobbying Disclosure Violations
On April 5, 2019, CfA again called on federal officials to investigate whether Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and his former lobbying firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the False Statements Act by failing to disclose Mr. Bernhardt’s apparent lobbying in connection with Westlands Water District (Westlands), an agricultural conglomerate in California. New documents indicate that Mr. Bernhardt continued to work for Westlands through April 2017 despite formally withdrawing his lobbying registration on November 18, 2016.
"Bernhardt's ethics memo yesterday also happened to come on the same day the Campaign for Accountability, a nonprofit watchdog group, announced that Interior's Office of Inspector General confirmed it is reviewing a request for investigation into Bernhardt and his relationship with his former lobbying client, Westlands Water District in California."
"Several groups, including the Campaign Legal Center and the Campaign for Accountability, as well as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), have questioned Bernhardt’s role in the Interior Department’s push to conduct an environmental analysis of proposed changes to federal and state water projects in California. That effort could free up more water for the Westlands Water District, which serves farmers in California’s Central Valley."
$5.1 Million in Federal Funding Will Really Help This Catholic Clinic Reach ‘Abortion-Vulnerable Women’
"In emails obtained by the watchdog group Campaign for Accountability, Obria president Clare Venegas presented Obria to HHS officials as an affordable, full-service healthcare center for women, providing parenting classes, 'abortion recovery,' and referrals with 'vetted partners.'"
"The Title X changes and the grant to Obria suggest that the Trump administration is 'more interested in courting religious ideologues than in providing real health care to low-income Americans,' said Alice Huling, counsel for a liberal watchdog group called the Campaign for Accountability, which this month sued the administration seeking Obria’s communications with the Department of Health and Human Services."