Today, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with the IRS today calling on the agency to investigate possible tax code violations by the non-profit Renew American Prosperity (RAP) for insider dealing with an affiliated for-profit company, the public relations firm Tigercomm, LLC.
A recent Washington Post report by Elahe Izadi details how Virginia-based public relations firm Tigercomm started a fake investigative news site to drum up negative stories on behalf of its corporate clients. This site, called the Checks & Balances Project (CBP), has spent months investigating Virginia non-profits, businesses and political leaders, and not disclosing that it is likely a paid effort.
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.
"Similarly, Google doesn’t have to ask the researchers whom it funds to write about public policy to turn in favourable articles. But it has funded, directly or indirectly, 329 such papers since 2005, according to the US-based Campaign for Accountability. More than a quarter of those funded directly by Google didn’t disclose the source of their money, according to the report."
Slaughter, Duncan Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Bring Transparency to Political Intelligence Industry
Representatives Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) and John J. Duncan (R-TN) introduced the bipartisan Political Intelligence Transparency Act. Campaign for Accountability supports this legislation.
Our Executive Director, Daniel Stevens, writes about Republican megadonor David Humphreys' ties to the Missouri state legislature in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch column.
On July 19, 2016, CfA released a new report, Google’s Silicon Tower, revealing how academics and experts funded by Google have played a major role at academic and government conferences, debating some of the company’s core issues. Nearly all of the Google-funded participants failed to disclose their financial ties to Google, now a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc.
CfA Joins All-Star Legal Team Representing Candidates and Members of Congress Seeking to Abolish Super PAC Spending
On July 7, 2016, a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress and 2016 congressional candidates filed a complaint before the Federal Election Commission seeking to end super PAC spending in US elections.