On June 21, 2018, CfA signed a joint-letter calling on EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to provide details about how his legal defense fund is being managed and the names and amounts of its contributors.
On May 7, 2018, CfA joined several organizations in urging Congress to oppose the Pentagon's attempt to undermine the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by creating an unnecessary and overbroad secrecy provision that is at odds with FOIA’s goal of transparency and accountability to the public.
On May 1, 2018, CfA joined several consumer, civil rights, good government, and pro-transparency groups in objecting to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Mick Mulvaney's stated plan to end public access to a CFPB database used by consumers to file and view complaints against financial institutions.
On April 5, 2018, CfA joined 45 organizations in expressing support for the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (“ACMRA”). If enacted, ACMRA will strengthen Congressional oversight and improve government transparency.
On March 1, 2018, CfA joined a coalition of 24 reform groups and watchdogs strongly urging legislators to oppose all campaign finance riders from being included in the final FY18 Omnibus Appropriations legislation.
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.
On January 18, 2018, CfA joined 9 other advocates and public interest organizations in calling on Congress to promote an accountable and transparent framework for earmarks.
On December 11, 2017, CfA joined 38 organizations in endorsing the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA), common-sense legislation that improves Congress’s ability to oversee the Executive branch and provide needed governmental transparency.
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.
Coalition Letter Urging Agencies to Finalize Proactive “Release to One, Release to All” FOIA Disclosure Policy
On October 31, 2017, CfA joined a coalition in urging policymakers to finalize and implement the proactive disclosure policy of “Release to One, Release to All” under the Freedom of Information Act.