CfA has filed three ethics complaints against Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA)
On November 21, 2019, CfA released new documents shedding light on how officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services intervened to secure federal family planning funds, known as Title X funding, for Obria, an anti-abortion and anti-birth control group based in California.
Letter Calling for Criminal Investigation of Google VP for Potentially Lying to Congress about Company Blacklists
On November 21, 2019, CfA asked the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, to refer Karan Bhatia, Vice President for Government Affairs & Public Policy at Google, to the U.S. Department of Justice for investigation into whether Mr. Bhatia may have provided false testimony to the committee during a hearing concerning Google’s manipulation of search results.
On November 18, 2019, CfA published court documents revealing that Americans United for Life (AUL), a 48-year old national anti-abortion organization, advised the controversial anti-choice front group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in its release of deceptively edited videos designed to harm Planned Parenthood. According to documents filed in a lawsuit against CMP, AUL provided extensive support to CMP during its deceitful scheme including 300 communications with CMP’s head, David Daleiden.
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.
On October 16, 2019, Campaign for Accountability and Reproaction sent a letter to Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser of Vibiana LA, calling on them to cancel a planned fundraising event for Live Action, an extreme anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ group.
Letters Calling on Estée Lauder to Stop Employee from Using Company Name to Promote Anti-choice Group Obria
On November 5, 2019, CfA sent letters to Estée Lauder informing the company of an employee’s inappropriate use of the company’s name in her role as the board chair of Obria Medical Clinics of Southern California, an anti-choice religious ministry masquerading as a healthcare group, and requesting that the company discipline the employee accordingly.
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.
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.