On October 30, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a report revealing Google continues to place ads on websites that promote false information despite promises to alter its practices. CfA analyzed a sample of 1,255 news publishers and found that Google continues to place ads on hyper-partisan and misleading websites, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue for the company.
Government Watchdog Calls on VA State Bar to Investigate HHS Official, Scott Lloyd, for Violating Rules of Professional Conduct
On October 26, 2017, Campaign for Accountability, a government watchdog group focused on public accountability, called on the Virginia State Bar to investigate whether Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Edward Scott Lloyd violated the Virginia State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct. Mr. Lloyd deliberately violated the U.S. Constitution and other federal and state laws to prevent unaccompanied pregnant immigrant minors from obtaining abortions.
Campaign for Accountability Asks HHS Inspector General to Investigate Refugee Resettlement Director’s Unlawful and Abusive Conduct of Unaccompanied, Pregnant Immigrant Minors
On October 20, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate whether Office of Refugee Resettlement Director Scott Lloyd broke federal law by abusing his position and government resources to prevent unaccompanied pregnant immigrant minors from having legal abortions and to coerce some into continuing their pregnancies against their will.
CfA Sues Treasury Department for Failing to Release Records Related to Robert Mercer and Renaissance Technologies
On October 18, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington DC against the Treasury Department to force the release of documents regarding Renaissance Technologies and its co-CEO, Robert Mercer.
On October 11, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Office of Government Ethics to investigate whether Secretary Ryan Zinke violated ethics rules that prohibit federal employees from endorsing private entities. Secretary Zinke’s endorsement appears on the website of a fundraising firm he used for his congressional campaigns.
Government Watchdog Files Complaint Against Interior Secretary for Possible Violations of Hatch Act, Conflict of Interest Laws
On September 29th, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Office of Special Counsel and the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Interior to investigate whether Secretary Ryan Zinke violated conflict of interest laws and the Hatch Act by speaking before the National Hockey League team the Vegas Golden Knights as part of his official duties.
The Heidi Group may have violated criminal laws by failing to execute its state contracts and may have violated its nonprofit tax status by conducting prohibited activities.
On September 7, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands to release all communications, documents, and invoices submitted by its law firm, Davillier Law Group, LLC. Press reports and public documents indicate the Commission has continued to work with Davillier, but the Commission has refused to release any documents or invoices prepared by the law firm.
Campaign for Accountability Seeks Answers from CFPB About Predatory Lending Practices of Berkshire Hathaway Subsidiary Clayton Homes
Campaign for Accountability filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Consumer Financial Protection Board (CFPB) to follow up on a Seattle Times/ Center for Public Integrity investigation into predatory lending practices of Clayton Homes, one of the nation’s largest mobile home sellers.