Investigations Into Influence & Access

Throughout Trump’s presidency, high-ranking officials in his administration have prioritized meeting with far-right conservative groups, elevated the interests of private industry over that of the American public, and granted increased access to personal connections. We’re determined to shine a light on how private interests are infiltrating government decision-making.

State Government Contacts with Voting-Restriction Activists

When state officials enact strict voter-ID laws or engineer intricately gerrymandered electoral maps or purge thousands of names from voter rolls, they’re not acting alone. Often, outside groups and activists…

Elaine Chao’s Family Business and Kentucky Favoritism

Elaine Chao’s tenure as transportation secretary has been marked by significant ethics concerns and reports of favoritism, from special treatment for Kentucky-specific requests to efforts to boost her family’s shipping…

Stephen Miller’s Influence on Immigration Policy — and Throughout the Administration

The fingerprints of White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller appear on many of the Trump administration’s harshest immigration policies, from travel bans to refugee admissions caps. American Oversight is investigating…

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Political Interference at the U.S. Postal Service

Civil Rights, Trade & Industry, Voting Rights, Abuse of Power, Coronavirus Response, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Conditions in Migrant Detention Centers

Civil Rights, Immigration, Abuse of Power, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Trump’s Post-Impeachment Authoritarian Purges

National Security & Foreign Policy, Abuse of Power, Influence & Access

Georgia’s Voting Machines and Election Security

Trade & Industry, Voting Rights, Influence & Access, State Accountability Project

State Government Contacts with Voting-Restriction Activists

Voting Rights, Influence & Access, State Accountability Project

Stephen Miller’s Influence on Immigration Policy — and Throughout the Administration

Immigration, Influence & Access, Political Appointees

Elaine Chao’s Family Business and Kentucky Favoritism

Trade & Industry, Ethics & Conflicts, Influence & Access, Political Appointees

Ivanka Trump’s and Jared Kushner’s Roles in the Administration

Ethics & Conflicts, Influence & Access, Political Appointees

Dunlap v. PACEI: Investigating the Voter Fraud Commission

Government Transparency, Voting Rights, Influence & Access

Questionable $300 Million Puerto Rico Contract for Zinke-Linked Company

Environment & Energy, Ethics & Conflicts, Influence & Access, Misconduct, Specific Events

Gun Lobby Influence On Responses to Mass Shootings

Influence & Access

The Trump Administration’s Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Health Care, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Audit the Wall

Environment & Energy, Immigration, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Tax Reform: Uncovering the Backroom Deals

Budget, Taxes & the Economy, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Trump’s Mismanagement of North American Trade Negotiations

Consumer and Worker Protections, Trade & Industry, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

Insider Access at the Department of Education

Education, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations

EPA’s Chemical Industry Agenda

Environment & Energy, Influence & Access, Policy & Regulations