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Watchdog Asks House Ethics Committee to Provide Guidance Regarding Abuse of Proxy Voting

Today, Campaign for Accountability sent a letter to the House Committee on Ethics asking the committee to issue guidance as to the proper use of proxy voting, first adopted by the House in May 2020. The request is in response to 13 members of the House using the pandemic as an excuse to skip in-person votes to attend the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida.

TTP Investigation: Facebook Targets Washington Crowd Ahead of Zuckerberg Testimony

Today, the Tech Transparency Project, released the results of a month-long project tracking Big Tech’s sponsorships of newsletters targeted to Beltway insiders. TTP found that Facebook, currently amid a public-relations push promoting Section 230 reform, among other things, sponsored at least one major Beltway newsletter every weekday from the start of February through the first week of March.

February 23, 2021 Press Releases, State Oversight

Watchdog Requests Investigation into Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem for Violations of Financial Disclosure Laws

Today, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs requesting an investigation into whether State Representative Mark Finchem (R-Oro Valley) violated financial disclosure laws by failing to disclose a $6,000 payment the Trump campaign made to his company, Mark Finchem, PLLC, for consulting in support of the former President’s election fraud lie.

Campaign for Accountability Statement on Special Counsel Complaint Against HUD Administrator Lynne Patton

Today, Campaign for Accountability released a statement in reaction to a newly obtained disciplinary complaint filed by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) against former Housing and Urban Development Region II Administrator Lynne Patton for Hatch Act violations for abusing her official office and title for political purposes. OSC informed CfA that its complaint was a direct result of our complaint filed September 21.

CfA Calls for FEC Investigation into Rep. Lauren Boebert for Improper Use of Campaign Funds

Today, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Representative Lauren Boebert and her campaign for using campaign funds to reimburse herself over $21,000, allegedly for mileage. Boebert’s campaign also failed to maintain required records of her expenses.

TTP Investigation: Facebook Home to Militant ‘Patriot Party’ Movement

Facebook is allowing a far-right, pro-Trump “Patriot Party” movement to take root on its platform, combining elements of militia activity and election conspiracy theories. While the effort so far appears to be largely decentralized, it is spreading rapidly on Facebook. Some of these groups helped organize “Stop the Steal” rallies in Washington, D.C., including the Jan. 6 event that led to the deadly Capitol riot, and are continuing to use the platform to organize.

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