Reports

October 30, 2017

How Google Makes Millions Off of Fake News

On October 30, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a report revealing Google continues to place ads on websites that promote false information despite promises to alter its practices. CfA analyzed a sample of 1,255 news publishers and found that Google continues to place ads on hyper-partisan and misleading websites, resulting in millions of dollars in revenue for the company.

September 7, 2017

Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands

On July 6, 2016, Campaign for Accountability called for a full accounting of the nearly one million dollars the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands has spent to date to develop a lawsuit to compel the federal government to transfer national public lands to the state. CfA’s review of the hundreds of pages of invoices for work done by outside lawyers, public relations firms, and polling experts reveals apparent prohibited lobbying expenditures, luxury travel, and significant billing discrepancies — all at taxpayer expense. On September 13, 2016, we requested that the Commission release the results of its internal review. On September 7, 2017, CfA called on the Commission to release all communications, documents, and invoices submitted by its law firm, Davillier Law Group, LLC.

July 11, 2017

Google Academics, Inc.

On July 11, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a new report, Google Academics Inc., revealing Google’s extensive financial support for academics and policy experts. CfA identified 329 research papers published between 2005 and 2017 on public policy matters of interest to Google that were in some way funded by the company.

June 20, 2017

What is the Energy and Policy Institute?

On June 20, 2017, Campaign for Accountability released a report unmasking the Energy and Policy Institute (EPI) – an organization that describes itself as both a watchdog and a think tank – as the apparent project of a public relations firm.

November 28, 2016

Google’s Support for Hillary Clinton

On November 28, 2016, Campaign for Accountability released a report examining Google’s support for Hillary Clinton. Google executives and employees bet heavily on a Clinton victory, hoping to extend the company’s influence on the Obama White House. An in-depth examination of the company’s efforts to extend that special relationship into the next administration reveals what might be expected from Google for the incoming Trump administration.

July 19, 2016

Google’s Silicon Tower

On July 19, 2016, Campaign for Accountability released a new report, Google’s Silicon Tower, revealing how academics and experts funded by Google have played a major role at academic and government conferences, debating some of the company’s core issues. Nearly all of the Google-funded participants failed to disclose their financial ties to Google, now a subsidiary of Alphabet, Inc.

July 14, 2016

Documenting Discrimination

On July 14, 2016 Campaign for Accountability (released a new report, Documenting Discrimination, uncovering how national right wing religious groups – working through smaller local groups – are spearheading the movement to legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals through Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) legislation.

November 15, 2015

Academic Deception

Campaign for Accountability’s November 2015 report, Academic Deception, reveals how a payday lending industry trade association paid for and edited a controversial academic paper claiming that payday loans do not leave consumers trapped in cycles of debt.

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