On May 17, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, violated House ethics rules when he warned a banking executive that a member of an activist group opposing the congressman worked at Lakeland Bank in New Jersey.
On May 4, 2017, Campaign for Accountability and Free Speech For People filed an amended complaint with the Federal Election Commission demanding “an immediate investigation” into whether the Russian government illegally spent money to influence the 2016 presidential election, in possible coordination with the Trump campaign.
On April 19, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tom Larson requesting an investigation into whether Missouri State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard violated federal law by accepting a $100,000 campaign contribution in return for legislative assistance.
Campaign for Accountability has asked four state Attorneys General to investigate deceptive business practices in the solar industry.
Complaint against Montana State Sen. Jennifer Fielder for Failing to Respond to Open Records Request
On February 13, 2017, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) filed a lawsuit alleging Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder and the Montana Legislative Services Division violated the Montana Constitution by failing to produce documents related to the senator’s work with the Utah-based nonprofit, the American Lands Council (ALC). CfA submitted the request a year earlier, on February 11, 2016.
On February 2, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a motion in the 21st Circuit Court in St. Louis County, Missouri to unseal the divorce records of Andrew Puzder, President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Labor. On February 14, 2017, Judge Douglas Beach of the St. Louis County Circuit Court ordered the release of those documents, and Puzder soon withdrew his nomination.
On January 31, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to immediately open an investigation into whether unnamed employees of the House Judiciary Committee broke any federal laws or House rules by helping President-elect Trump draft his executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim majority countries.
On January 6, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Department of Justice and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to investigate OneWest bank for using potentially illegal tactics to foreclose on as many as 80,000 California homes. Steven Mnuchin, who now serves as the Secretary of the Treasury, previously served as the CEO of OneWest.
On November 28, 2016, Campaign for Accountability released a report examining Google’s support for Hillary Clinton. Google executives and employees bet heavily on a Clinton victory, hoping to extend the company’s influence on the Obama White House. An in-depth examination of the company’s efforts to extend that special relationship into the next administration reveals what might be expected from Google for the incoming Trump administration.
On November 23, 2016, Campaign for Accountability asked the Obama administration to publicly release information regarding security for Trump Organization properties around the world. Now that Donald J. Trump has been elected President of the United States, these properties and guests and visitors to them are facing increased security risks. If the Trump organization and/or the U.S. is relying on foreign governments to provide security at any of these properties, it may implicate the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which provides that no government officer may “accept any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.”