On June 21, 2018, CfA signed a joint-letter calling on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to provide details about how his legal defense fund is being managed and the names and amounts of its contributors.
On June 21, 2018, Campaign for Accountability (CfA), a nonpartisan, nonprofit watchdog group focused on public accountability, filed a complaint with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics against U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) for failing to disclose his wife’s income from his leadership PAC on his 2017 financial disclosure report. CfA previously filed an FEC complaint against Sen. Crapo for failing to disclose any payments for the use of a lobbyist’s Capitol Hill condo for fundraising activities.
On June 10, 2015, Campaign for Accountability filed an open records request seeking information about a study of the payday lending industry conducted by a professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. CfA is investigating any connections between the payday lending industry and the author of a favorable study concerning the industry’s practices. On June 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously ruled in CfA's favor and ordered the release of the requested records.
Letter Calling on Ohio Attorney General to Investigate State-Funded Fake Abortion Clinics for Misleading Women
On June 5, 2018, CfA called on Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to investigate two crisis pregnancy centers, Elizabeth’s New Life Center and Heartbeat of Toledo, for engaging in deceptive business practices in violation of Ohio’s Consumer Sales Protection Act.
On May 30, 2018, CfA released a new report, “The Lobbyist in the Garage,” revealing that Engine, a San Francisco-based nonprofit claiming to represent the “voice of startups in government,” is little more than an apparent AstroTurf lobbying group created by current and former Google employees to advance Google’s interests.
On May 7, 2018, CfA joined several organizations in urging Congress to oppose the Pentagon's attempt to undermine the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by creating an unnecessary and overbroad secrecy provision that is at odds with FOIA’s goal of transparency and accountability to the public.
Supplement to FEC Complaint After Senator Mike Crapo Admitted to Holding 81 Events at Lobbyist’s Condo for Free
On May 7, 2018, CfA filed a supplemental 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 knowingly and willfully failing to disclose improper in-kind contributions in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) and FEC regulations.
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.