Policy Positions

February 14, 2018

Coalition Letter Supporting Inaugural Reforms

On February 14, 2018, CfA joined a broad coalition of civic groups and academics in endorsing legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) in the U.S. House of Representatives, which is also expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.). The proposal finally would require that presidential inaugural committees tell the public how donations are used and where leftover money is sent.

December 6, 2017

CfA Joins Groups Opposing FY18 SEC Budget Rider

On December 6, 2017, a diverse coalition of more than 30 organizations called upon Congress to pass a clean budget with no poison pill riders, particularly one that would stop the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from requiring publicly traded corporations to disclose their political spending. These riders would roll back public protections, put workers at risk, restrict women’s rights, endanger the environment and undermine our democracy. The organizations opposing this poison pill represent a broad range of interests including labor unions, good government organizations, environmental groups, faith organizations, investors, and state and local groups.

October 24, 2017

Letter in Support of USA RIGHTS Act

On October 24, 2017, a bipartisan coalition of 42 civil liberties, civil rights, and transparency organizations coordinated by Demand Progress Action released a letter calling on Congress to support the USA RIGHTS Act, a strong bipartisan surveillance reform bill introduced today by Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and nine other Senators.

October 18, 2017

Letter Seeking Answers about President Trump’s Surplus Inauguration Funds

Nine months after his inauguration, President Donald Trump's 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has provided no accounting of the amount of surplus funds left over and very little explanation as to how the committee has managed this surplus. On October 18, 2017, Campaign for Accountability joined 9 other civic groups and academics in sending a letter to Trump and his inaugural committee asking what happened to the leftover funds and calling for them to be given to the U.S. Treasury.

October 19, 2016

Coalition Letter Calling on Presidential Transition Teams to Adopt Ethics Code

On October 19, 2016, Campaign for Accountability joined 15 other organizations and ethics experts in calling on the presidential candidates to adopt an ethical code of conduct for their transition teams. The letter to the presidential candidates asks them to adopt a strict ethics code including prohibiting transition team members from working on matters that might affect their financial interests or those of people close to them. The letter also calls on the candidates to bar officials from lobbying the federal government while working on the transition and for the candidates to appoint an ethics czar as a part of their transition teams.

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