Legal Actions

August 19, 2020

CfA Calls for Investigation of Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos for Non-Disclosure of Real Estate Properties

Today, Campaign for Accountability sent a letter to the Administrator of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, Daniel A. Carlton Jr., requesting the Commission open an investigation to determine whether the Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, Robin Vos, violated the state’s Code of Ethics for State Public officials by failing to disclose several properties he has owned.

August 4, 2020

Campaign for Accountability Asks Veterans Affairs IG to Investigate Possible Improper Influence by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Contract Award for VA Clinic

Today, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with the Inspector General of the Department of Veterans Affairs asking for an investigation into whether House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) unduly interfered in the award of a contract to build a new VA clinic within his district in Bakersfield, California.

July 30, 2020

CfA Calls on IRS and State Agencies to Investigate Ned Ryun and American Majority for Financial Impropriety

CfA submitted a complaint to the IRS, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, and the Office of the Attorney General of California calling for an investigation into whether the 501(c)(3) nonprofit American Majority Inc (AM) and its related 501(c)(4), American Majority Action Inc (AMA), violated their tax exempt status and federal and state laws by spending more than 50 percent of expenses on political purposes, submitting inaccurate information to regulators, and executing inappropriate transactions with related parties.

July 16, 2020

CfA Calls on FTC to Investigate Rooftop Solar Companies for Relying on Deceptive Lead Generators

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.

July 14, 2020

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.

June 23, 2020

CfA Calls on IRS and Utah Agencies to Investigate Anti-Public Lands Group for Tax Violations

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.

June 17, 2020

CfA Files IRS Complaint Against Daily Caller News Foundation for Abusing Nonprofit Status

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.

June 4, 2020

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.

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