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Inside the Documents: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ Calendars

After more than 6 months of litigation, American Oversight has uncovered and posted detailed calendars for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Totaling more than 1,800 pages, the calendars show extensive meetings with steel, rail, sugar, and energy industry groups that took place in 2017 -- as well as a number of meetings that appear to have attracted scrutiny from Commerce Department ethics officials.
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New FOIAs: Trump Disputes Hurricane Maria’s Death Toll

In a series of tweets, the president claimed that “3,000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico” and that it was a ploy by the Democrats to make him “look as bad as possible.” These Tweets came just weeks after a long-awaited independent study on the fatalities were released.
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LDF and American Oversight File Lawsuit for DOJ Records of Census Citizenship Question

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) have sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) to compel the release of records detailing the department's role in the decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. The lawsuit filed Friday by LDF, along with non-partisan ethics watchdog American Oversight, asks the court to order DOJ to comply with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by LDF seeking a range of documents about the citizenship question.
Investigation Update

Western Values Project and American Oversight Sue Interior for Records Related to Zinke’s Alleged Corruption

Western Values Project (WVP), a Montana-based conservation group, represented by watchdog American Oversight, today filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) to investigate whether Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has used his position for personal or political gain. WVP is seeking the release of a broad range of documents related to Zinke’s conduct during his tenure as secretary, including records of Zinke’s travel to various political conferences, his communications with individuals tied to Halliburton, and any emails sent by or to Zinke on personal email accounts or private servers.  
Investigation Update

Parallel Investigations Initiative FOIAs: Industry Influence, Denial of Reproductive Rights, and the Administration’s Family Separation Policy

As part of our Parallel Investigations Initiative, we’ve filed FOIA requests that mirror oversight letters sent by both the chairs and ranking members of committees in the House and Senate.

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