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There's a perfect storm for corruption and scandal brewing in the administration—and Congress has completely abdicated its responsibility to provide oversight.

American Oversight is filling the void and holding this Administration accountable—primarily by focusing on executive branch agencies and high-level government officials.

We’ve seen more ethics violations and conflicts of interest across the administration since Inauguration Day than in all eight years of the Obama administration. And this misconduct doesn’t end with President Trump—it starts there.

Relying on the Freedom of Information Act, American Oversight does job that Congress refuses to do, exposing unethical conduct throughout this Administration and demanding investigations.

We file open records requests and sue agencies to uncover misconduct that otherwise would not see daylight, and harness the independent power of the courts to force the Administration to obey the law.

The American people have a right to a transparent, ethical, and accountable government; one that’s free from corruption and cronyism, and dedicated to doing what’s in the public’s interest. American Oversight will ensure that the administration does not escape scrutiny and is held accountable for its misconduct.

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What is American Oversight?

We are a 501(c)(3) organization committed to ensuring that the government is accountable to the public.

Right now, there’s a perfect storm for corruption and scandal brewing: a new Administration with unprecedented conflicts of interest and a Congress that has abdicated its responsibility to provide oversight or even vet high-ranking nominees. This Administration is unaccountable and unchecked. We’ve already seen more ethics violations and conflicts of interest in this Administration than in eight years of the previous Administration.

American Oversight will hold the Administration accountable—primarily by focusing on executive branch agencies.

What does American Oversight do?

Government should be accountable to the public—that’s why public records laws are on the books. American Oversight employs tools and strategies for extracting and publicizing information about government misconduct, including:

  • File Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests at the state and federal levels, exercising the “people’s subpoena” to assert our right to know what our government is up to.
  • Strategically file lawsuits quickly and aggressively to enforce records requests and to harness the independent power of the courts to force the Administration to obey the law.
  • Publicize information about government misconduct and abuses.
  • File complaints with appropriate authorities, including Inspectors General, the Department of Justice, state Attorneys General—and even Congress—urging investigations when issues are brought to light.
Shouldn’t Congress be doing this?

Congress has constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities, that they have unfortunately refused to carry out.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz released a list of 43 priorities for this Congress and not one of them is oversight of this Administration. When faced with misconduct in the White House, he said it was “taking care of itself.” And unfortunately the Senate is no better. Sen. Rand Paul publicly declared that it “makes no sense” for Congress to engage in oversight of this White House.

Simply put: Congress isn’t acting, which is why we are.

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General Inquiries: info@americanoversight.org Press Inquiries: press@americanoversight.org Phone:  (202) 869-5246 Address: American Oversight 1030 15th St. NW, Suite B255 Washington, D.C. 20005 Join our Team: Current job openings at American Oversight

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