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Defense Department and Army Failed to Preserve Jan. 6 Text Messages — American Oversight Calls for Investigation

In response to American Oversight’s litigation, the Defense Department and the Army have confirmed in court filings that the phones of certain former senior Trump administration officials had been wiped — and that any text messages from Jan. 6, 2021, were not preserved.
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In the Documents: Florida Gov. DeSantis’ Meetings with Election Conspiracy Group

September 27, 2022
DeSantis’ office met multiple times with a right-wing group whose co-founder promoted an Islamophobic conspiracy theory about an election worker, according to documents obtained by American Oversight and reported on by CNN.

News Roundup: More Revelations about Attacks on Voting Rights

September 9, 2022
News in multiple states revealed further examples of the partisan effort to undermine public confidence in elections and restrict voting rights.

In the Documents: Anti-Democratic Proposals Originating in the Office of Gov. DeSantis

July 12, 2022
In recent months, the Florida Legislature has been a hotbed of far-right measures, from new abortion restrictions to a law stifling the discussion of racism while at school or work. Leading the state’s rightward course has been Gov. Ron DeSantis, whom NBC News in June described as having a “hand-in-glove relationship with the Legislature” that has “made the state a test kitchen for conservative ideas.”
Ron DeSantis and justice scales.

Ginni Thomas’ Republican Connections Raise Ethics Concerns for SCOTUS

March 8, 2022
Public records obtained by American Oversight show the degree of access Thomas and her right-wing coalition had in the Trump administration.
Ginni Thomas, Rob Desantis, and Clarence Thomas.

Email Suggests That Supreme Court Justice Thomas Had Been in Regular Contact with Florida Gov. DeSantis

February 7, 2022
In the June 2021 email, Ginni Thomas said that her husband, Justice Clarence Thomas, “has been in contact” with Gov. Ron DeSantis “on various things of late.”
Desantis, Ginni and Justice Thomas.

Emails Show Industry Influence on Florida Cruise Ship Preemption Bill

December 17, 2021
Cruise industry lobbyists were heavily involved in crafting a bill that prevents Florida municipalities from placing restrictions, including those related to public health measures, on cruise ships docking at their ports.
Cruise ship and map of florida over coronavirus and coral reef.

Covid-19 Oversight News: Trump Administration Political Interference in Pandemic Response, Boosters Approved for All Adults

November 22, 2021
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Trump on a TV and white house on a TV surrounded by 3 hands holding syringes.

News Roundup: The Lasting Damage of Partisan Election Reviews

November 19, 2021
A new poll finds that the bogus Arizona “audit” reinforced doubts about the 2020 election. And the partisan investigation in Wisconsin has escalated into calls for a Republican takeover of elections in the state.

Lawyers in Florida Attorney General’s Office Mocked December 2020 Lawsuit Seeking to Overturn Election Results

October 27, 2021
One staff member called Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit “bats--t insane” — the day before Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody joined 16 other state attorneys general in supporting it.
Ken Paxton next to a ballot box and money