On May 3, 2018, CfA asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics and the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether two senators and 12 representatives violated congressional rules and criminal law by accepting campaign contributions from the payday lending industry shortly before or after taking official actions in support of the industry’s priorities.
On May 1, 2018, CfA joined several consumer, civil rights, good government, and pro-transparency groups in objecting to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Mick Mulvaney's stated plan to end public access to a CFPB database used by consumers to file and view complaints against financial institutions.
Letters to Attorneys General in Arizona, Nevada, and New York Calling for Investigations of Rooftop Solar Industry
On April 24, 2018, CfA called on attorneys general in Arizona, Nevada, and New York to investigate rooftop solar companies with an emphasis on Vivint Solar.
FEC Complaint Against Senator Mike Crapo for Failing to Pay to Host Fundraisers at Lobbyist’s Capitol Hill Condo
On April 19, 2018, CfA filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Vicki Hart, the lobbyist owner of a Washington, D.C. condominium, for failing to disclose improper in-kind contributions, in apparent violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and FEC regulations.
Lawsuit Against Oklahoma Attorney General to Obtain Communications Between Scott Pruitt and Sen. James Inhofe
On April 10, 2018, CfA filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Oklahoma County against Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter for failing to release communications between former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and United States Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) about the work of the Lead-Impacted Communities Relocation Trust (“LICRAT”) at the Tar Creek Superfund site northeastern Oklahoma.
On April 5, 2018, CfA joined 45 organizations in expressing support for the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (“ACMRA”). If enacted, ACMRA will strengthen Congressional oversight and improve government transparency.
On February 16, 2018, CfA submitted two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking for records of communications related to the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. On April 5, 2018, CfA, represented by American Oversight, filed a lawsuit against the EPA to compel the release of these records.
On November 27, 2017, CfA filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Oklahoma County against Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones for failing to release copies of audits and documents related to corruption allegations associated with the management of the Tar Creek Reclamation site in the state.
CfA’s Letters to California and Texas After New Mexico Attorney General Filed Lawsuit Against Vivint
On March 22, 2018, CfA renewed its requests to attorneys general in California and Texas to investigate rooftop solar companies following a new lawsuit against Vivint Solar. On March 8, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas initiated legal action against Vivint – alleging systematic fraud, deceptive business practices and racketeering –suggesting solar companies are continuing to violate state consumer protection laws more than a year after CfA first called for investigations.
On March 16, 2018, Campaign for Accountability released a new report revealing how Google has paid tens of millions of euros to European academic institutions over the past decade to develop an influential network of friendly European academics who write research papers supporting the tech giant’s business interests.