On June 2, 2017, Free Speech For People and Campaign for Accountability filed an additional amendment to our joint FEC complaint filed May 3, 2017. This second amendment to the complaint provides new information which has come to public light in reporting since the May 3 filing.
On May 17, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, violated House ethics rules when he warned a banking executive that a member of an activist group opposing the congressman worked at Lakeland Bank in New Jersey.
On April 19, 2017, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with Acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tom Larson requesting an investigation into whether Missouri State Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard violated federal law by accepting a $100,000 campaign contribution in return for legislative assistance.
Campaign for Accountability has asked four state Attorneys General to investigate deceptive business practices in the solar industry.
Complaint against Montana State Sen. Jennifer Fielder for Failing to Respond to Open Records Request
On February 13, 2017, Campaign for Accountability (CfA) filed a lawsuit alleging Montana State Senator Jennifer Fielder and the Montana Legislative Services Division violated the Montana Constitution by failing to produce documents related to the senator’s work with the Utah-based nonprofit, the American Lands Council (ALC). CfA submitted the request a year earlier, on February 11, 2016.
On January 31, 2017, Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) to immediately open an investigation into whether unnamed employees of the House Judiciary Committee broke any federal laws or House rules by helping President-elect Trump draft his executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim majority countries.
On January 6, 2017, Campaign for Accountability called on the Department of Justice and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to investigate OneWest bank for using potentially illegal tactics to foreclose on as many as 80,000 California homes. Steven Mnuchin, who now serves as the Secretary of the Treasury, previously served as the CEO of OneWest.
On October 31, 2016, CfA filed a complaint with FBI Office of Professional Responsibility against FBI Director Jim Comey to determine if Comey's willful violations of longstanding Department of Justice policies were motivated by partisan, political purposes.
On October 25, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called on the Federal Communications Commission’s General Counsel to investigate correspondence between Google Vice President Vint Cert and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler about a provision of a pending rulemaking proceeding. The communication appears to violate the FCC’s rules requiring the disclosure of ex parte communications.
On October 4, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called on the White House to develop a more robust ethics program in light of the numerous meetings between former Google executives who became White House officials and their former colleagues. The timing and frequency of these meetings suggest the White House officials may have violated President Obama’s revolving door ban. CfA also raised concerns with the level of communication and apparent coordination between the White House internet adviser and Google, particularly surrounding the FTC’s decision not to bring antitrust charges against the company.