Reports

September 26, 2018

The New Corporate Colonialism

On September 26, 2018, CfA released a new report, "The New Corporate Colonialism," which comprehensively documents BlackRock’s efforts to expand its infrastructure business in Mexico through aggressive courtship of Mexican political leaders and organizations mired in corruption and conflict of interest scandals.

September 4, 2018

How to Sow Discord Using Google and $100 (or 6,800 rubles)

On September 4, 2018, CfA released a report documenting how CfA bought politically divisive ads on Google using Russian rubles and a Russian IP address. CfA posed as the infamous Russian troll farm, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), and bought ads using similar language and the same images that the IRA deployed during its 2016 influence campaign. The ads ran on major U.S. media websites and their YouTube channels.

June 26, 2018

What Americans Think About Tech Companies

On June 26, 2018, CfA released the results of a new poll showing voters support increased regulation of internet and technology companies. The poll also found that Americans believe internet and technology companies have a negative impact on many aspects of society, particularly privacy.

May 30, 2018

The Lobbyist in the Garage

On May 30, 2018, CfA released a new report, “The Lobbyist in the Garage,” revealing that Engine, a San Francisco-based nonprofit claiming to represent the “voice of startups in government,” is little more than an apparent AstroTurf lobbying group created by current and former Google employees to advance Google’s interests.

March 16, 2018

Google’s Academic Influence in Europe

On March 16, 2018, Campaign for Accountability released a new report revealing how Google has paid tens of millions of euros to European academic institutions over the past decade to develop an influential network of friendly European academics who write research papers supporting the tech giant’s business interests.

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.

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