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.
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.
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.
On September 27, 2017, CfA signed a coalition letter calling for scrutiny of President Trump's FEC nominee, Trey Trainor.
On November 17, 2016, CfA joined several organizations in calling for then-President-Elect Donald J. Trump to divest himself of his business holdings.
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.