Holding Corporate America Accountable.
As we learned from the 2008 financial crisis, decisions made in company boardrooms can upend the lives of millions of Americans.
CfA exposes some of the worst corporate offenders, including Wall Street investors who attempt to influence Washington regulators for personal financial gain; corporations who conceal political spending from shareholders; chief executive officers who receive unmerited, astronomical compensation; and predatory lenders who work to undermine the regulatory efforts of government agencies.
CfA works to hold powerful and well-connected corporations accountable for their actions. In January 2017, we called on federal authorities to investigate OneWest Bank for using potentially illegal tactics to foreclose on as many as 80,000 California homes. Steve Mnuchin, who was nominated and later confirmed for the position of U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, previously served as the CEO of OneWest.
Shortly after Donald Trump was elected President, CfA asked the Obama administration to publicly release information regarding security for Trump Organization properties around the world. CfA sought to ensure that the Trump Organization was acting ethically while providing for the safety of guests and visitors worldwide.
Campaign for Accountability works to hold powerful and well-connected corporations accountable for their actions.
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In the fall of 2016, CfA launched an investigation into solar companies that exploit vulnerable consumers. Previously, in August, two consumer watchdogs had warned government regulators about the exploitative contracts used by solar companies. Following these warnings, CfA asked state Attorneys General for copies of consumer complaints about solar panels. A review of the complaints revealed a widespread pattern of apparent fraud and abuse by solar companies. CfA called on several states to open investigations into solar companies and protect consumers from these deceptive tactics.
In April of 2016, CfA launched the Google Transparency Project (GTP), a comprehensive research initiative to help the public track the company’s influence on our government, policies and lives. The GTP assembles materials cataloging Google’s influence in a single place and makes it searchable by any user. The GTP website won an Interactive Media Awards Winner in 2016, winning the Best in Class Award in the Association Category.
Highlights from the GTP include our analysis of Google’s Support for Hillary Clinton, our interactive feature exploring Google’s White House Meetings, and our report Google’s Silicon Tower, which detailed the influence of Google-funded academics and experts at academic and government conferences.