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.
On September 26, 2016, 37 organizations signed an open letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, urging McConnell to reject any poison pill language in budget legislation that would prohibit the Securities and Exchange Commission from strengthening corporate disclosure laws by requiring transparency of secret political spending.
On August 24, 2016, Campaign for Accountability joined several organizations in opposing a broad exemption to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the entire Department of Defense (DoD) that would severely undermine FOIA reforms already in place.
On July 6, 2016, Campaign for Accountability joined a coalition of 18 organizations, led by OpenTheGovernment.org, in opposing the FBI’s proposal to exempt its biometrics database – the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system – from nearly all key provisions of the Privacy Act. The coalition believes that the FBI’s system needs stronger privacy and transparency protections than the FBI’s current proposal incorporates.
On March 16, 2016, more than 40 organizations and individuals committed to government openness and accountability sent a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern over the efforts by the Justice Department to undermine legislation in the last Congress that would have strengthened the Freedom of Information Act. The letter calls on the President to repudiate the positions taken by the Justice Department and instead publicly and unequivocally endorse the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act, which was unanimously passed by the Senate yesterday, March 15th.
On August 12, 2015, Campaign for Accountability joined a group of organizations in thanking Senator Patrick Leahy for his leadership in ensuring the removal of the Exemption 10 provision from the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The coalition believed that this provision was the biggest threat to the Freedom of Information Act in recent years.
On August 12, 2015, Campaign for Accountability joined a group of organizations in thanking Senator John Cornyn for his leadership in ensuring the removal of the Exemption 10 provision from the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act. The coalition believed that this provision was the biggest threat to the Freedom of Information Act in recent years.
On June 12, 2015, 20 organizations, including Campaign for Accountability, wrote to Senator Ben Cardin urging him to introduce legislation that would require federal government agencies to comply with FOIA requests relating to non-federal prisons, jails, or detention facilities that detain or incarcerate people for the federal government, in the same way that those agencies must comply with such requests relating to federally run facilities.