On October 11, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Office of Government Ethics to investigate whether Secretary Ryan Zinke violated ethics rules that prohibit federal employees from endorsing private entities. Secretary Zinke’s endorsement appears on the website of a fundraising firm he used for his congressional campaigns.
CfA Complaint Against Interior Secretary for Possible Violations of Hatch Act, Conflict of Interest Laws
On September 29, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Office of Special Counsel and the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Interior to investigate whether Secretary Ryan Zinke violated conflict of interest laws and the Hatch Act by speaking before the National Hockey League team the Vegas Golden Knights as part of his official duties.
CfA Complaint Calling for Criminal Investigation of Paul Mouton, Political Adviser to David Humphreys
On September 28, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on Cole County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson to investigate whether Paul Mouton, a political consultant for David Humphreys, should be charged with a criminal offense for violating Missouri lobbying laws.
On September 27, 2017, CfA signed a coalition letter calling for scrutiny of President Trump's FEC nominee, Trey Trainor.
On September 26, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore requesting an investigation into whether the Heidi Group, an anti-abortion nonprofit based in Texas, violated criminal law by misappropriating taxpayer funds. In addition, CfA filed a complaint against the group with the IRS.
Carol Everett founded the anti-abortion nonprofit, the Heidi Group, in 1995. Since starting the Heidi Group, Everett has regularly appeared in local and national media outlets to attack abortion rights, often making false or reprehensible statements.
On July 6, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called for a full accounting of the nearly one million dollars the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands has spent to date to develop a lawsuit to compel the federal government to transfer national public lands to the state. CfA’s review of the hundreds of pages of invoices for work done by outside lawyers, public relations firms, and polling experts reveals apparent prohibited lobbying expenditures, luxury travel, and significant billing discrepancies — all at taxpayer expense. On September 13, 2016, we requested that the Commission release the results of its internal review. On September 7, 2017, CfA called on the Commission to release all communications, documents, and invoices submitted by its law firm, Davillier Law Group, LLC.
FOIA Request to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about the Predatory Lending Practices of Clayton Homes
On August 17, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a Freedom of Information Act Request with the Consumer Financial Protection Board to follow up on a Seattle Times/ Center for Public Integrity investigation into predatory lending practices of Clayton Homes, one of the nation’s largest mobile home sellers.
On August 2, 2017, CfA asked the Department of Justice to investigate whether Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made criminal false statements by lying to Congress about conduct by OneWest, when Sec. Mnuchin was the bank’s CEO. In both written and oral testimony, Sec. Mnuchin denied OneWest engaged in robo-signing despite significant evidence to the contrary.
Letter Requesting DOJ Investigation of Interior Department Nominee David Bernhardt for Lobbying Disclosure Violations
On July 20, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia to investigate whether David Bernhardt, President Trump’s nominee for Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior, violated the Lobbying Disclosure At by continuing to lobby despite formally withdrawing his registration in 2016. Emails obtained through a California public records request show Mr. Bernhardt continued to advance the interests of Westlands Water District, a California agricultural entity, after terminating his lobbying registration.