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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.

September 19, 2019

Letter Supporting the Open and Responsive Government Act (S. 2220)

On September 19, 2019, CfA joined 34 other organizations in endorsing the Open and Responsive Government Act (S. 2220), which would codify the primary holding of Nat’l Parks & Conservation Ass’n v. Morton that commercial information is exempt as “confidential” under FOIA's exemption 4 only if disclosure of the information is likely to cause substantial harm to the competitive position of the person from whom the information was obtained.

September 5, 2019

BlackRock’s Washington Playbook

On September 5, 2019, CfA released a new report, BlackRock’s Washington Playbook, which details how BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, implemented a strategy of lobbying, campaign contributions, and revolving door hires to fight off government regulation and establish itself as one of the most powerful financial companies in the world.

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