On August 15, 2018, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University and Campaign for Accountability filed an amicus brief urging a federal appeals court to rule that the Office of Legal Counsel must proactively process its formal written opinions for public release under the Freedom of Information Act.
On August 14, 2018, CfA released a new report, “Partisan Programming,” detailing how political campaigns utilize embedded staffers from Facebook and Google to help run their campaigns – an arrangement that provides companies with unique access to top politicians. CfA also called on the leaders of the House and Senate Rules Committees to investigate the arrangement and determine whether new laws or regulations are needed to prevent tech companies from abusing their relationships with politicians.
On August 14, 2018, CfA released a new report, “Partisan Programming,” detailing how political campaigns utilize embedded staffers from Facebook and Google to help run their campaigns – an arrangement that provides companies with unique access to top politicians.
Request for Investigation of Acting EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler for Multiple Lobbying Disclosure Violations
On August 10, 2018, CfA called on House and Senate officials to investigate whether Andrew Wheeler, the Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and his former lobbying firm, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, committed multiple violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act in connection with their successful effort to change the boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument for the commercial benefit of their client, Energy Fuels Resources, Inc.
On August 8, 2018, CfA joined a nonpartisan coalition of government openness, accountability, and human rights groups in calling for comprehensive disclosure of documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Letter from 30 organizations urging House Admin Committee to communicate its favorable report of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA)
On July 19, 2018, CfA joined a group of 30 organizations in calling for the Committee on House Administration to communicate to the House that the Committee has ordered the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA) to be reported and supports its prompt consideration.
On July 19, 2018, CfA filed a FOIA request with the FBI seeking records from the Bureau's investigation into a loan made by Idaho Senator Mike Crapo’s campaign committee.
Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Devin Nunes for Lying About His Investments in Several California Companies
On July 11, 2018, CfA called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) violated federal law and House rules by failing to accurately disclose his investments in three California companies on his personal financial disclosures.
On June 27, 2018, CfA called on the Office of Special Counsel to investigate whether Secretary Ryan Zinke violated the Hatch Act by wearing a pair of socks bearing the likeness of President Trump and his campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”, while participating in the Western Governors’ Association’s annual meeting.
On June 26, 2018, CfA released the results of a new poll showing voters support increased regulation of internet and technology companies. The poll also found that Americans believe internet and technology companies have a negative impact on many aspects of society, particularly privacy.