Topic: Abuse of Power

New Lawsuit: How Much are Cabinet Officials Spending on Office Upgrades

March 14, 2018
After uncovering new details about office renovation expenses at HUD and the EPA, American Oversight filed a broad, multi-agency lawsuit to find out how much taxpayer money senior Trump administration officials – including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross – have spent to upgrade their personal offices. 

Complaint: American Oversight v. Multiple Agencies – Office Renovation Expenses

March 14, 2018
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against 16 federal agencies seeking records of expenditures made to upgrade or renovate the offices of senior political appointees. 

New Emails Show Secretary Carson Knew About $31,000 Table

March 14, 2018
New emails uncovered by American Oversight show that HUD Secretary Ben Carson and wife were actively involved in selection and purchase of a $31,000 dining set - contradicting previous claims by Carson and HUD officials that he had not been aware of the purchase until after the fact.

FOIA to HUD Seeking Foster Communications Regarding Carson Office Redecoration and Other Matters

February 27, 2018
FOIA request to the Department of Housing and Urban Development seeking records of communications with HUD official Helen Foster regarding 1) the redecoration of Sec Carson's office; 2) handling of FOIA requests related to Lynne Patton; 3) budget shortfalls; 4) installation of a security system in Carson's home.

Investigation Update: Swamp Airlines – Private Jets at Taxpayer Expense

February 23, 2018
American Oversight is investigating the Trump Administration’s repeated use of chartered aircrafts and military planes for government travel. High-priced travel at taxpayer expense has become a pattern in the Trump administration--from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin who took a plane to see the solar eclipse, to former HHS Secretary Tom Price who spent upwards of $60,000 on government chartered jets.

Ethics Watchdog Calls for Investigation of Pruitt’s Expensive Travel Habits

February 16, 2018
Amid new revelations about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's frequent use of expensive, first-class air travel – which agency officials have admitted was intended to allow Pruitt to avoid interactions with Americans upset by the administrator's actions – nonpartisan ethics watchdog American Oversight today called on the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the EPA Inspector General to open investigations into the potential misuse of taxpayer funds.

American Oversight Sues DOJ Over Decision to Reopen Uranium One Investigation

February 12, 2018
American Oversight today sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) to uncover the facts behind Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reopen an investigation into Uranium One and Hillary Clinton.

Follow-Up FOIA Related to Uranium One Seeking Attorney General Communications

February 12, 2018
Follow-up FOIA request to DOJ seeking records related to Uranium One seeking communications between the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Deputy Attorney, or the Office of Legislative Affairs and Congress.

Follow-Up FOIA Regarding Uranium One and AG Sessions’ Role

February 12, 2018
Follow-Up FOIA request to DOJ seeking records related to Uranium One seeking records related to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ role in the investigation.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ – Uranium One

February 12, 2018
Complaint filed by American Oversight against the Department of Justice (DOJ) for failing to comply with FOIA and produce records related to the decision to re-open an investigation into Uranium One and Hillary Clinton.