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July 30, 2020

CfA Releases Emails Showing Former EPA Chief of Staff Leaked Inspector General Report to News Outlets

CfA released emails from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealing that former chief of staff Ryan Jackson sent reporters an “OFFICIAL USE ONLY” summary of an EPA Inspector General investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. CfA obtained the emails through a FOIA lawsuit, represented by American Oversight.

July 22, 2020

TTP Investigation: Google Flights Show Decade-Long Pursuit of China

TTP released a report detailing how Google flight patterns show a decade long pursuit of expanding its business operations across Greater China, despite its public withdrawal from the country in 2010 over censorship concerns. TTP found that planes owned by Google and its top executives have made at least 26 trips to or from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau since 2010.

July 16, 2020

CfA Calls on FTC to Investigate Rooftop Solar Companies for Relying on Deceptive Lead Generators

CfA sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting the agency open an investigation into rooftop solar companies and the lead generators the companies use to find customers. As Americans continue to be restricted to their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic, rooftop solar companies are seeking new customers through lead generators, which often post misleading ads on Facebook to draw in customers. This issue is all the more urgent as the two largest rooftop solar companies, Sunrun and Vivint, recently announced plans to merge.

July 14, 2020

CfA Calls on FTC to Investigate PrivacyWall for Using Google Ads to Lure Citizens into Paying to Register to Vote

CfA sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting that the agency investigate PrivacyWall and its chief executive, Jonathan Wu, for perpetrating a number of scams on consumers. During the course of an investigation into voting-related scam ads on Google, TTP discovered an advertisement alongside the search term “register to vote” that directed users to a web form at vote.privacywall.org, a subdomain of the PrivacyWall site. Once on the site, users were directed to provide personal information, a copy of government identification, and pay a fee of $69, or $129 for “rush delivery” to register to vote.

July 14, 2020

CfA Calls on Pennsylvania Officials to Terminate Contract with Anti-Abortion Group For Wasting Millions of Taxpayer Dollars, Violating Pennsylvania Law

CfA called on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and Secretary of Human Services Teresa Miller to investigate and terminate the state’s contract with Real Alternatives (RA), a non-profit organization that receives state funding to run Pennsylvania’s Alternative to Abortion Services Program (AASP). The letter details the ways RA has failed to fulfill its duty to Pennsylvania families to provide adequate pregnancy and parenting services, while simultaneously inappropriately skimming money intended for service providers, and misappropriating public funding earmarked for certain operational expenses.

July 9, 2020

Google Air: TTP Series Tracks Google’s Lobbying and Environmental Impact Through Its Private Fleet of Planes

TTP released the first in a series of reports outlining how Google’s parent company, Alphabet, uses a sprawling fleet of private aircraft to traverse the globe, despite the company’s public pledges to fight climate change. According to TTP’s investigation, Google’s collection of aircraft has included 10 Gulfstream jets, two Boeing airliners and a military-style German fighter jet.

June 29, 2020

Statement from Campaign for Accountability on Supreme Court’s June Medical Services v. Russo Decision

“Today the Supreme Court appropriately applied its prior precedent guaranteeing the right to access abortion care,” said Alice Huling, Counsel at Campaign for Accountability.

“Despite the Court’s identical prior precedent, the Court’s plurality decision lacks a clear majority opinion, and leaves the door open for future challenges to abortion access. Abortion opponents will continue to pursue TRAP laws aimed at curtailing and denying abortion. These laws particularly burden abortion access for marginalized populations, rural communities, and young people and as long as they are being enacted the fight to protect reproductive rights is far from over.”

June 29, 2020

TTP Investigation: Google Pushing Scam Ads on Americans Searching for How to Vote

TTP released a new report revealing that Google is allowing scammers to prey on Americans seeking information about how to vote in the upcoming election, despite the company’s claims that it is making efforts to provide voters with “authoritative and objective information.” TTP found that search terms like “register to vote,” “vote by mail,” and “where is my polling place” generated ads linking to websites that charge bogus fees for voter registration, harvest user data, or plant unwanted software on people’s browsers.

June 23, 2020

CfA Calls on IRS and Utah Agencies to Investigate Anti-Public Lands Group for Tax Violations

CfA called on the IRS, the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, and the Utah State Auditor to investigate whether the anti-public lands group Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) violated state and federal law by misusing taxpayer funds and by failing to accurately disclose its revenue on its annual tax returns. CfA’s requests for investigation detail how FIRM failed to initiate litigation, as required by its $400,000 state contracts, and underreported the amount of money it received. Research into FIRM’s finances was conducted by Montana-based Western Values Project for their Money Trails initiative, which documents the influence of anti-public lands groups throughout the West.

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