State Oversight

Crapo staffer told FBI the senator gave permission for $250K campaign investment into get-rich-quick scheme

Newly released FBI documents say that U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo’s campaign told the FBI that the senator “was aware of and approved” the investment of a quarter-million dollars of his campaign donors’ funds into a risky get-rich-quick scheme “at the time of the transaction” in 2008, in which the money disappeared.

December 20, 2019 In The News, State Oversight

Norfolk and Hampton foster care programs have steered work to company with personal ties to city officials

"'Virginians need to have confidence that their public officials are working for what’s in the best interest of the public,' said Daniel Stevens, executive director of Campaign for Accountability, a nonpartisan government watchdog organization based in Washington, D.C. 'These situations should be investigated, and the city governments should put in place procedures to ensure that the work is awarded to the most qualified candidates, not the candidates with the best connections.'"

Rep. Scott Plakon hid real estate holdings, ethics complaint alleges

"The complaint was filed by Dan Stevens, executive director of the Campaign for Accountability, with the Florida Commission on Ethics. It cited property records, court filings and other documents to show Plakon bought and sold several properties in Seminole, Lake and Volusia counties that never showed up on his annual financial disclosure forms."

Watchdog Files Ethics Complaint Against Florida State Rep. Scott Plakon for Failing to Disclose Real Estate Empire

On November 4, 2019, CfA called on the Florida Commission on Ethics to investigate whether Florida State Representative David Scott Plakon violated the Florida Constitution and state ethics laws by failing to properly disclose information about his myriad business interests on his personal financial disclosure forms.

Watchdog Applauds Michigan Governor for Terminating Contract with Anti-Choice Group Following CfA’s Complaints

On October 1, 2019, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a line-item veto to terminate state funding for Real Alternatives (RA), an anti-abortion nonprofit organization that misused taxpayer dollars and failed to provide promised health services. RA will no longer receive state funding to run the Michigan Parenting and Pregnancy Support Program.

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