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.
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.
Complaint Calling on TX AG to Direct Alcohol Commission to Release Records Concerning State Sen. Joan Huffman
On June 20, 2019, CfA called on the Texas Attorney General to direct the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to release records regarding an incident at a nightclub partially owned by state Sen. Joan Huffman and her husband, Keith Lawyer.
Letters Calling for Investigation of Trump Officials for False Testimony About Citizenship Question on 2020 Census
On June 13, 2019, CfA called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open a criminal investigation into A. Mark Neuman, a former transition official at the Department of Commerce, and John Gore, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at DOJ, for having potentially committed perjury by lying about their efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. CfA also called on the Office of Professional Responsibility at DOJ to investigate Mr. Gore and discipline him appropriately for violating Bar rules prohibiting dishonesty.
Letter Calling on IRS to Investigate Anti-Choice Group Susan B. Anthony List for Enriching its Directors and Lying to Federal Officials
On May 28, 2019, CfA called on the IRS to investigate the anti-abortion advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List, Inc. for, among other things, abusing its nonprofit status, misleading the IRS, overpaying its outside fundraisers, and failing to disclose payments to firms owned by its corporate directors.
Letter Calling for Investigation of David Bernhardt’s Former Lobbying Firm for Lobbying Disclosure Violations
On May 14, 2019, CfA called on the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives to investigate the lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP and one of its lobbyists, Luke Johnson, for possible violations of the Lobbying Disclosure Act in connection with their representation of Northeast Maglev, a company seeking to build a high-speed train along the Northeast Corridor.
Letter Calling on Susan B. Anthony List to Remove Pittsburgh Businessman Robert Kania from Board of Directors
On April 17, 2019, CfA sent a letter to the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), an anti-abortion advocacy organization, calling for the removal of businessman Robert J. Kania, Jr. from his position as treasurer of SBA List and its affiliated entities: the Susan B. Anthony List, Inc. Candidate Fund and the Women Speak Out PAC.
Letter Calling on Allegheny County Officials to Investigate Secret Political Campaign Run by Local Businessman
On April 8, 2019, CfA and Audrey S. Bensy, a resident of O’Hara Township, Pennsylvania, called on the Board of Elections and the District Attorney’s Office in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to investigate Robert J. Kania, Jr., Gary Britcher, Kania Enterprises, Inc. and Americans Against Socialism for multiple serious violations of Pennsylvania’s Campaign Finance Reporting Law.
Second Letter Calling for Investigation of Interior Nominee David Bernhardt for Lobbying Disclosure Violations
On April 5, 2019, CfA again called on federal officials to investigate whether Acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt and his former lobbying firm, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act and the False Statements Act by failing to disclose Mr. Bernhardt’s apparent lobbying in connection with Westlands Water District (Westlands), an agricultural conglomerate in California. New documents indicate that Mr. Bernhardt continued to work for Westlands through April 2017 despite formally withdrawing his lobbying registration on November 18, 2016.
On March 21, 2019, CfA sent a letter to officials at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) calling on the agency to review the error-riddled Title X application submitted by the Obria Group, in conjunction with the Heidi Group and other Texas-based crisis pregnancy centers.