CfA sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting the agency open an investigation into rooftop solar companies and the lead generators the companies use to find customers. As Americans continue to be restricted to their homes during the Covid-19 pandemic, rooftop solar companies are seeking new customers through lead generators, which often post misleading ads on Facebook to draw in customers. This issue is all the more urgent as the two largest rooftop solar companies, Sunrun and Vivint, recently announced plans to merge.
CfA Calls on FTC to Investigate PrivacyWall for Using Google Ads to Lure Citizens into Paying to Register to Vote
CfA sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requesting that the agency investigate PrivacyWall and its chief executive, Jonathan Wu, for perpetrating a number of scams on consumers. During the course of an investigation into voting-related scam ads on Google, TTP discovered an advertisement alongside the search term “register to vote” that directed users to a web form at vote.privacywall.org, a subdomain of the PrivacyWall site. Once on the site, users were directed to provide personal information, a copy of government identification, and pay a fee of $69, or $129 for “rush delivery” to register to vote.
CfA called on the IRS, the Utah Division of Consumer Protection, and the Utah State Auditor to investigate whether the anti-public lands group Foundation for Integrated Resource Management (FIRM) violated state and federal law by misusing taxpayer funds and by failing to accurately disclose its revenue on its annual tax returns. CfA’s requests for investigation detail how FIRM failed to initiate litigation, as required by its $400,000 state contracts, and underreported the amount of money it received. Research into FIRM’s finances was conducted by Montana-based Western Values Project for their Money Trails initiative, which documents the influence of anti-public lands groups throughout the West.
CfA filed a complaint with the IRS against the Daily Caller News Foundation alleging the nonprofit abused its tax-exempt status. The Daily Caller, a for-profit news publication founded by Tucker Carlson, and its related 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Daily Caller News Foundation, appear to be violating nonprofit tax laws by, among other things, routing money and expenses through the nonprofit and engaging in political activities.
Campaign for Accountability Files House Ethics Complaint Against Montana State Legislator Kerry White for Violating Conflict of Interest Laws
CfA filed an ethics complaint against Montana State Representative Kerry White for violating state ethics laws by simultaneously serving as a state legislator and working as the executive director of the 501(c)(3) anti-public lands lobbying organization, Citizens for Balanced Use (CBU). On May 7, 2020, CfA sent a complaint to Speaker of the Montana House of Representatives, Greg Hertz, urging him to refer the matter to the House ethics committee.
CfA Calls on FDA to Seize Website Domains Promoting Dangerous and Unproven “Abortion Reversal” Medication
CfA submitted a letter to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requesting that the agency seize the websites of any entity improperly marketing an unapproved procedure known as ‘Abortion Pill Reversal.’ The unsound therapy involves administering high doses of progesterone to those who have taken mifepristone, the first of two drugs used for a medical abortion, while simultaneously discouraging consumption of the second drug, misoprostol.
On February 27, 2020, CfA filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking documents responsive to two FOIA requests regarding the anti-choice Obria Group and its affiliate Obria Medical Clinics (collectively “Obria”) concerning their administration of funds they received through the Title X family planning program.
FOIA Lawsuit Against HHS Seeking Records about Title X Family Planning and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs
On February 20, 2020, CfA filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking documents responsive to four FOIA requests regarding the Title X Family Planning program and the Teen Pregnancy Prevention program.
On December 17, 2019, CfA sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Alex Azar, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, Dr. Diane Foley, asking HHS to end Title X funding for The Obria Group, Inc., and its affiliated Obria Medical Clinics of Southern California (collectively Obria), an anti-choice religious ministry masquerading as a healthcare group.
On December 16, 2019, CfA filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) seeking an investigation into Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Iowa Values, a dark money organization set up to support Sen. Ernst’s reelection campaign.