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September 27, 2019

IRS Complaint Against Citizens for Balanced Use

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.

September 19, 2019

Letter Supporting the Open and Responsive Government Act (S. 2220)

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.

September 5, 2019

BlackRock’s Washington Playbook

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.

August 5, 2019

FEC Complaint Against Susan B. Anthony List for Filing False Reports, Accepting Illegal Loan

On August 5, 2019, CfA filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking an investigation into a PAC operated by the Susan B. Anthony List, and a conservative marketing firm, The Lukens Company.  The PAC, the Susan B. Anthony List Inc. Candidate Fund, appears to have violated the Federal Election Campaign Act and FEC regulations by filing inaccurate campaign finance reports and accepting an illegal corporate contribution from The Lukens Company.

July 24, 2019

Request for IG Investigation of Interior Department’s FOIA Awareness Process

On June 17, 2019, CfA along with American Oversight, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Democracy Forward, and Western Values Project, filed a complaint with the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) calling for an investigation of the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Awareness Process.  Political appointees at Interior appear to be using the Awareness Process to interfere with the release of documents in response to FOIA requests.

July 11, 2019

CfA Supports Congressman Ted Lieu’s NDAA Swamp Amendment

On July 11, 2019, CfA endorsed an amendment to the NDAA, sponsored by Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), limiting Defense funds from being used at Trump-owned properties. The amendment would prevent the President from profiting off of American taxpayers by forcing government employees to stay at his properties and subsidize his businesses. The amendment enables funds to be used at Trump-owned properties if the President agrees to reimburse the Treasury Department for costs associated with his stay. The amendment was cosponsored by Reps. Jayapal, Cohen and Beyer.

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