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.”
On November 17, 2016, CfA joined several organizations in calling for then-President-Elect Donald J. Trump to divest himself of his business holdings.
On October 31, 2016, CfA filed a complaint with FBI Office of Professional Responsibility against FBI Director Jim Comey to determine if Comey's willful violations of longstanding Department of Justice policies were motivated by partisan, political purposes.
On October 25, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called on the Federal Communications Commission’s General Counsel to investigate correspondence between Google Vice President Vint Cert and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler about a provision of a pending rulemaking proceeding. The communication appears to violate the FCC’s rules requiring the disclosure of ex parte communications.
On October 19, 2016, Campaign for Accountability joined 15 other organizations and ethics experts in calling on the presidential candidates to adopt an ethical code of conduct for their transition teams. The letter to the presidential candidates asks them to adopt a strict ethics code including prohibiting transition team members from working on matters that might affect their financial interests or those of people close to them. The letter also calls on the candidates to bar officials from lobbying the federal government while working on the transition and for the candidates to appoint an ethics czar as a part of their transition teams.
On October 4, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called on the White House to develop a more robust ethics program in light of the numerous meetings between former Google executives who became White House officials and their former colleagues. The timing and frequency of these meetings suggest the White House officials may have violated President Obama’s revolving door ban. CfA also raised concerns with the level of communication and apparent coordination between the White House internet adviser and Google, particularly surrounding the FTC’s decision not to bring antitrust charges against the company.
On September 30, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to improve its ethics enforcement program. Documents published by the Google Transparency Project reveal that top NHTSA officials were in frequent contact with Google executives while working on federal guidelines for self-driving cars.