Topic: Abuse of Power

Complaint: American Oversight v. VA and DOD – Mar-a-Lago Crowd Influence

October 25, 2018
Lawsuit seeking records from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense regarding the role that three members of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club may have had in shaping policy decisions.

Investigation Update: Loyalty Tests and Retaliation

September 19, 2018
American Oversight has been investigating expectations of loyalty across the government, as well as attempts to purge employees who used to work in the Obama administration.

Swamp Airlines: Chartered Jets at Taxpayer Expense

September 19, 2018
American Oversight is investigating the Trump Administration’s repeated use of chartered aircraft for government travel. High-priced travel at taxpayer expense has become a pattern in the Trump administration - and the public has a right to know where our tax dollars are going.

Loyalty Tests and Retaliation

June 25, 2018
From the very beginning of the presidency, it has been clear that President Trump values loyalty over qualifications and experience. President Trump expects public servants to be loyal to him personally--and those who appear to be anti-Trump, particularly those who used to work in the Obama administration, find themselves facing backlash. Following reports that the administration is assessing the political views of career government employees and attempting to purge those perceived to be “disloyal,” American Oversight is investigating how often this is occurring at federal agencies.

Department of Education Emails with Ivanka Trump’s Staff

May 30, 2018
Emails between Department of Education officials and staff for Ivanka Trump. The emails reflect that Ivanka Trump continued using a personal email address even after joining the White House staff.

Trump Cabinet Officials’ Office Renovations

April 3, 2018
President Trump campaigned on a promise to 'drain the swamp' and tackle corruption in Washington, but rather than cutting waste, Trump's cabinet has been spending taxpayer money to upgrade their own offices. From former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's secret phone booth to Ben Carson's dining set and more, American Oversight is investigating how much Trump's cabinet members have spent office makeovers.

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.