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November 12, 2019

Letters Calling for Investigation of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Relationship with Former Lobbying Client, Westlands Water District

On February 19, 2019, CfA called on ethics officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Office of Government Ethics to investigate David Bernhardt, then-Acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and his relationship with his former lobbying client, Westlands Water District, an agricultural conglomerate in California. On November 12, 2019, submitted additional evidence showing now-Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt continued to work with Westlands Water District through at least July 2017, which is longer than was previously known.

October 15, 2019

Letters in Support of the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019

On October 15, 2019, CfA and 22 other organizations wrote to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to express support for the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019. Additionally, on October 30, 2019, CfA and 27 other organizations wrote to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to express support for the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019.

October 9, 2019

Google’s Media Takeover

On October 9, 2019, CfA released a new report, "Google’s Media Takeover," which documents how Google contributed more than half a billion dollars to news and media organizations around the world. In conjunction with the report, CfA also released a comprehensive database that contains information about each of the 1,327 grants Google gave to journalism initiatives. CfA’s report and database represent the most comprehensive effort to catalogue all of Google’s payments to media organizations.

September 27, 2019

IRS Complaint Against Citizens for Balanced Use

On September 27, 2019, CfA called on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate whether the Montana-based anti-public lands nonprofit, Citizens for Balanced Use, violated its nonprofit tax-exempt status by engaging in substantial, unreported lobbying activity.

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