On November 18, 2019, CfA published court documents revealing that Americans United for Life (AUL), a 48-year old national anti-abortion organization, advised the controversial anti-choice front group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) in its release of deceptively edited videos designed to harm Planned Parenthood. According to documents filed in a lawsuit against CMP, AUL provided extensive support to CMP during its deceitful scheme including 300 communications with CMP’s head, David Daleiden.
Letters Calling for Investigation of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Relationship with Former Lobbying Client, Westlands Water District
On February 19, 2019, CfA called on ethics officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Office of Government Ethics to investigate David Bernhardt, then-Acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and his relationship with his former lobbying client, Westlands Water District, an agricultural conglomerate in California. On November 12, 2019, submitted additional evidence showing now-Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt continued to work with Westlands Water District through at least July 2017, which is longer than was previously known.
On October 16, 2019, Campaign for Accountability and Reproaction sent a letter to Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser of Vibiana LA, calling on them to cancel a planned fundraising event for Live Action, an extreme anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ group.
Letters Calling on Estée Lauder to Stop Employee from Using Company Name to Promote Anti-choice Group Obria
On November 5, 2019, CfA sent letters to Estée Lauder informing the company of an employee’s inappropriate use of the company’s name in her role as the board chair of Obria Medical Clinics of Southern California, an anti-choice religious ministry masquerading as a healthcare group, and requesting that the company discipline the employee accordingly.
On November 4, 2019, CfA called on the Florida Commission on Ethics to investigate whether Florida State Representative David Scott Plakon violated the Florida Constitution and state ethics laws by failing to properly disclose information about his myriad business interests on his personal financial disclosure forms.
On October 15, 2019, CfA and 22 other organizations wrote to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs to express support for the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019. Additionally, on October 30, 2019, CfA and 27 other organizations wrote to the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform to express support for the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act of 2019.
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.