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.
Complaint Calling on FCC to Investigate Judicial Crisis Network for Violating Consumer Protection Law
On October 8, 2019, CfA called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to investigate the conservative legal advocacy nonprofit Judicial Crisis Network for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending mass robotexts from a misleading number during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Letter Requesting President Trump Rescind his June 2019 Executive Order Asking Agencies to Cut One-Third of Their Advisory Committees
On October 4, 2019, CfA joined 76 other organizations in requesting that President Trump rescind his June 2019 Executive Order asking agencies to cut one-third of their Advisory Committees.
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.
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.
On September 9, 2019, CfA joined 70 other organizations in calling on the House Judiciary Committee to take up and pass the “Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act” or “FAIR Act,” H.R.1423. On September 18, 2019, CfA joined 72 other organizations in a letter to House leadership urging the House of Representatives to pass the FAIR Act.
On September 9, 2019, CfA joined several organizations in encouraging the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations to increase the share of funding for the legislative branch as it decides upon 302(b) allocations for FY 2020.
Letter Renewing Call for Michigan to Terminate Contract with Anti-Abortion Nonprofit, Real Alternatives
On September 5, 2019, CfA renewed its request to Michigan government officials to investigate and terminate the state’s contract with Real Alternatives, an anti-abortion nonprofit organization that receives state funding to run the Michigan Parenting and Pregnancy Support Program.
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.