Legal Actions

November 12, 2019

Letters Calling for Investigation of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Relationship with Former Lobbying Client, Westlands Water District

On February 19, 2019, CfA called on ethics officials at the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Office of Government Ethics to investigate David Bernhardt, then-Acting Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and his relationship with his former lobbying client, Westlands Water District, an agricultural conglomerate in California. On November 12, 2019, submitted additional evidence showing now-Secretary of the Interior Bernhardt continued to work with Westlands Water District through at least July 2017, which is longer than was previously known.

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.

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.

June 13, 2019

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.

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