Political Spending

Watchdog Calls on IRS and State Agencies to Investigate Ned Ryun and American Majority for Financial Impropriety

Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, submitted a complaint to the IRS, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, and the Office of the Attorney General of California calling for an investigation into whether the 501(c)(3) nonprofit American Majority Inc (AM) and its related 501(c)(4), American Majority Action Inc (AMA), violated their tax exempt status and federal and state laws by spending more than 50 percent of expenses on political purposes, submitting inaccurate information to regulators, and executing inappropriate transactions with related parties.

New Report Details How BlackRock Fought Off Government Regulation by Spending Big in Washington

On September 5, 2019, CfA released a new report, BlackRock’s Washington Playbook, which details how BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, implemented a strategy of lobbying, campaign contributions, and revolving door hires to fight off government regulation and establish itself as one of the most powerful financial companies in the world.

$192,000 for his wife. 81 uses of a lobbyist’s home. Crapo election funds draw scrutiny

"The pattern, however, has drawn attention from a watchdog group — Campaign for Accountability, whose other recent targets include payday lenders, pregnancy crisis centers, rooftop solar providers, various Republican politicians and Google. It filed one round of complaints with the FEC about Crapo's use of the townhouse, and on Thursday asked the Senate Ethics Committee to examine a disclosure issue involving the payments to Susan Crapo."

Watchdog Files Ethics Complaint Against Senator Mike Crapo for Failing to Disclose PAC Payments to His Wife

On June 21, 2018, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) for failing to disclose his wife’s income from his leadership PAC on his 2017 financial disclosure report. CfA previously filed an FEC complaint against Sen. Crapo for failing to disclose any payments for the use of a lobbyist’s Capitol Hill condo for fundraising activities.

Watchdog group files ethics complaint against Shelby; senator alleges claim politically motivated

"A self-described nonpartisan watchdog group on Thursday urged the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate possible connections between donations from the payday lending industry to Sen. Richard Shelby's campaign account and congressional votes that benefitted the industry."

Political Corruption Is Ruining Everything, but We Can Fix It

"On Thursday, the watchdog group Campaign for Accountability asked two Congressional ethics committees to investigate 14 members of Congress for taking official actions in support of the payday lending industry while at the same time accepting campaign contributions from that industry."

CfA Files Ethics Complaints Against 14 Members of Congress Alleging Bribery by the Payday Lending Industry

On May 3, 2018, CfA asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether two senators and 12 representatives violated congressional rules and criminal law by accepting campaign contributions from the payday lending industry shortly before or after taking official actions in support of the industry’s priorities.

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