On August 14, 2018, CfA released a new report, “Partisan Programming,” detailing how political campaigns utilize embedded staffers from Facebook and Google to help run their campaigns – an arrangement that provides companies with unique access to top politicians. CfA also called on the leaders of the House and Senate Rules Committees to investigate the arrangement and determine whether new laws or regulations are needed to prevent tech companies from abusing their relationships with politicians.
On August 8, 2018, CfA joined a nonpartisan coalition of government openness, accountability, and human rights groups in calling for comprehensive disclosure of documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Letter from 30 organizations urging House Admin Committee to communicate its favorable report of the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA)
On July 19, 2018, CfA joined a group of 30 organizations in calling for the Committee on House Administration to communicate to the House that the Committee has ordered the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA) to be reported and supports its prompt consideration.
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.