Topic: Civil Rights

News Roundup: Undermining Democracy, One ‘Audit’ at a Time

June 3, 2021
After visiting the sham audit of votes cast in Maricopa County, Ariz., this week, Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers have called for their state to conduct a similar partisan review.

Records Request to Texas Governor Seeking Documents Tracking Funds Allocated to Respond to Civil Disturbances

May 28, 2021
Records request to the Texas governor's office seeking documents tracking state funds allocated to respond to civil disturbances, including records such as expense reports, budgets, and receipts from vendors.

Records Request to the Iowa Governor’s Office for Communications Related to Anti-Protest Bills

May 19, 2021
Records request to the office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds for communications related to anti-protest bills as well as communications with selected, known sponsors of these bills.

News Roundup: The Jan. 6 Attack and the Big Lie

May 13, 2021
Top officials testified this week in a hearing about the deadly Jan. 6 mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, one of the most glaring consequences of the stolen election lie.

Massachusetts ACLU, American Oversight Sue ICE for Records Related to Federal Prosecution of State Court Judge

May 10, 2021
A Massachusetts judge and a court officer are currently facing federal charges for allegedly allowing a criminal defendant to exit using the rear door of the courtroom to evade ICE detention in April 2018.

American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and American Oversight v. ICE – Prosecution of Massachusetts Judge Joseph and Court Officer MacGregor

May 10, 2021
Lawsuit filed by American Oversight against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seeking the release of communications between senior agency officials and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts concerning the federal prosecution of Massachusetts Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph and Court Officer Wesley MacGregor for allegedly allowing a criminal defendant out the rear door of her courtroom to evade ICE detention.

HHS Calendars for Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs Anna Pilato and Other Officials

May 5, 2021
Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) calendar entries for Anna Pilato, Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs at the Administration for Children and Families, from March to September 2017.

Records Request to Iowa Governor’s Office for Communications Related to Anti-Protest Bills

May 3, 2021
Records request to the office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds seeking communications related to anti-protest bills and communications with the billsÕ sponsors.

DHS Records of USSS Timeline Regarding Response to Protests in Lafayette Park in Advance of Trump Photo-Op

April 30, 2021
Records from the Department of Homeland Security in response to American Oversight's request for records reflecting the order or directive to use force on protesters gathered in Lafayette Park in advance of the president’s photo-op in front of St. John’s Church. These records include a timeline from the U.S. Secret Service of the response to the protests.

FOIA to ICE Regarding Use of CLEAR Database to Conduct Surveillance of Undocumented Immigrants

April 27, 2021
FOIA request to Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding the use of the Thomson Reuters CLEAR Database to surveil and target undocumented immigrants for deportation.