TTP + Common Cause Investigation: Google’s Continued Failure to Stop Exploitative Ads Targeting American Voters
Google publicly stated that it would remove some of ads identified by TTP’s June report, but a review conducted in September found that searching Google for terms like “absentee ballot,” “early voting,” and “vote by mail” in a selection of battleground states generated more than 70 ads for sites that try to plant unwanted software on people’s browsers or direct them to low-quality search sites that serve up questionable results.
TTP Investigation: Facebook Leans on States to Monitor Election Disinformation, but Provides Insufficient Tools
According to emails obtained by TTP through open records requests, Facebook representatives offered various state officials customized dashboards on CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned social media metrics tool, to track instances of voter interference and report their findings to Facebook.
Watchdog Files Complaint with Federal Authorities Calling for Investigation of HUD Official for Potential Hatch Act Violations
This year, Patton solicited the participation of four tenants of the New York City Housing Authority to participate in a video praising the President which aired at the 2020 Republican National Convention. If this video, made solely for the purpose of advocating for the election of a political candidate, is found to have been created using resources obtained through Ms. Patton’s public office, it would be a clear violation of the Hatch Act.
TTP Report Details Google’s Exclusive Access to Government Airfield Within Minutes of Company Headquarters
The sweetheart deal between a Google-affiliated company, H211, and the government dates back to 2007, when Google promised to pay a lease, and help NASA collect atmospheric data in exchange for landing rights at the field. However, flight data reviewed by TTP shows far more flight activity from private planes used by Google executives than from the single fighter jet used to by Google to satisfy the minimum requirements laid out in the scientific portion of the lease agreement.
Watchdog Files IRS Complaint Against Wisconsin Nonprofit for Omitting Political Spending on Tax Filings
Today, Campaign for Accountability requested that the IRS investigate Jobs First Coalition, Inc. (JFC), a Wisconsin-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit, for failing to disclose nearly $1 million in political spending on its annual tax forms.
Despite Apple’s reputation as a leader on environmental and human rights issues, TTP identified eight current and former gold suppliers that have ties to the Kaloti Group, a Dubai-based company that has been credibly linked to illicit activity in the gold trade.
Watchdog Calls for Investigation of Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for Non-Disclosure of Real Estate Properties
While Vos lists a number of owned properties and business interests on his yearly Statement of Economic Interests (SEI) filings, a review of property records and court filings submitted as a part of one of Speaker Vos’s divorces indicated that there are additional properties he did not accurately report.
TTP Investigation: Facebook Scaled Back Voter Registration Kickoff Amid Complaints from Trump Campaign
Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a nonprofit watchdog group that runs the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), released a report revealing that Facebook scaled back an initial voter registration drive over the July 4 weekend, raising questions about how it will conduct the initiative going forward.
Campaign for Accountability Calls for Investigation of Former Florida State Representative for Potential Violation of District Residency Requirements
Today, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, sent a letter to Florida House of Representatives Speaker Jose R. Olivia calling for an investigation to determine whether recently resigned state Rep. James W. Grant violated the law by failing to maintain a residence in his district while serving in the Florida House.