Records Requests

August 31, 2018

Public Records Requests to Ravalli County Commissioners

On August 31, 2018, CfA requested access to communications to, from, or between any Ravalli County Commissioner(s) regarding Wilderness Study Areas, the Our Land Our Legacy (OLOL) coalition, and commissioners’ efforts to cajole state officials into investigating Montana conservation organizations.

August 30, 2018

FOIA Request Asking HHS to Release Sec. Azar’s Communications with Former Employer Eli Lilly

On August 30, 2018, CfA filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking communications between Sec. Alex Azar, and any representative or lobbyist for Eli Lilly and Company. Sec. Azar worked at Eli Lilly for a decade, and he has supported a proposed rule change at HHS that would greatly benefit the pharmaceutical manufacturer.

June 18, 2018

Open Records Request of Payday Lending Study Commissioned at Kennesaw State University

On June 10, 2015, Campaign for Accountability filed an open records request seeking information about a study of the payday lending industry conducted by a professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. CfA is investigating any connections between the payday lending industry and the author of a favorable study concerning the industry’s practices. On June 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously ruled in CfA's favor and ordered the release of the requested records.

April 5, 2018

FOIA Requests to the EPA for Tar Creek Communications

On February 16, 2018, CfA submitted two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asking for records of communications related to the Tar Creek Superfund site in Oklahoma. On April 5, 2018, CfA, represented by American Oversight, filed a lawsuit against the EPA to compel the release of these records.

February 27, 2018

FOIAs to USAID, State Department, and HHS

On February 27, 2018, CfA filed three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. State Department, and the United States Agency for International Development regarding the Trump Administration's efforts to rollback access to family planning services. These are the original FOIA requests.

February 6, 2018

Freedom of Information Act Requests for Information about Health Hall, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration

On February 6, 2018, CfA filed 5 Freedom of Information Act requests for information about Health Hall, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration ("FRA"). Despite his position in the federal government, Mr. Hall apparently continued to work as a communications consultant in Mississippi. On January 26, 2018, Politico reported Mr. Hall is on “an extended leave” of absence from the FRA. Mr. Hall’s name is no longer listed on the FRA’s website.

December 8, 2017

Missouri Sunshine Request for Records Regarding Use of Secret Messaging Apps by Missouri Governor and His Staff

On December 8, 2017, Campaign for Accountability submitted a Missouri Sunshine Request regarding the usage of secret messaging apps by Missouri Governor Eric Greitens and his senior staff. The Kansas City Star reported Gov. Greitens and his senior staff use the phone-based app Confide, which deletes messages after they have been read and prevents recipients from saving them.

November 23, 2016

Letter Asking Obama Administration for Information Regarding Security at Trump Properties

On November 23, 2016, Campaign for Accountability asked the Obama administration to publicly release information regarding security for Trump Organization properties around the world. Now that Donald J. Trump has been elected President of the United States, these properties and guests and visitors to them are facing increased security risks. If the Trump organization and/or the U.S. is relying on foreign governments to provide security at any of these properties, it may implicate the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which provides that no government officer may “accept any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince or foreign state.”

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