Legal Actions

August 22, 2016

Office of Legal Counsel Filings

On June 8, 2016, CfA filed a lawsuit to force the Department of Justice to release opinions from the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). The OLC serves as legal advisor for the federal government, issuing opinions on the meaning of laws that are immensely consequential. Some have been used to justify controversial policies such as extraordinary rendition, torture, and the killing of Americans abroad. The Justice Department does not prosecute individuals whose actions are justified by OLC opinions, even if those actions are later determined illegal.

On March 22, 2016, CfA requested that OLC fulfill its legal obligations by publishing its opinions. Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Bies responded to CfA’s request in May, stating that OLC has the discretion to decide on an individualized, case-by-case basis, whether to publish its opinions. Given OLC’s hard and fast position, CfA filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia to compel OLC and DOJ to comply with their legal obligations under the FOIA.

On October 6, 2017, United States District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued an opinion in the case explaining her reasons for dismissing CfA's complaint but inviting CfA to file an amended complaint. On October 27, 2017, CfA filed an amended complaint.

July 7, 2016

CfA Lawsuit Seeking to Abolish Super PAC Spending

On July 7, 2016, Campaign for Accountability joined a bipartisan coalition of Members of Congress and 2016 congressional candidates in filing a complaint before the Federal Election Commission seeking to end super PAC spending in US elections.

May 9, 2016

Request for Investigation of Brian Newby

On May 9, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called on Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to investigate former Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby for flagrantly violating Kansas criminal law by submitting false expenses, misusing public funds, and conspiring to cover up his conduct.

February 3, 2016

FEC Complaint Against Heaney for Congress and New York Jobs Council

On February 3, 2016, Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission requesting an investigation into illegal coordination between the campaign of Andrew Heaney, who is running for Congress in New York’s 19th district, and a super PAC he appears to have established, New York Jobs Council.

October 5, 2015

Payday Lenders Ethics Complaint

On October 5, 2015, Campaign for Accountability asked the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate 11 members of Congress for possible criminal and ethics violations by accepting contributions from the payday lending industry shortly before or after taking official actions in support of the industry.

October 1, 2015

Martin Shkreli Congressional Investigation

On October 1, 2015, Campaign for Accountability called on two congressional committees to investigate Martin Shkreli, the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, for manipulating the Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory process for his personal financial gain.

June 8, 2015

Sheldon Adelson Court Filing

On June 8, 2015, Campaign for Accountability petitioned a Nevada court to release reports that may have connected Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands (LVS) casinos in Macau with criminal triads.

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