Topic: Civil Rights

News Roundup: How Far Is Too Far

March 18, 2022
When it comes to actions and false claims that weaken democracy and undermine faith in elections, there is no safe middle ground.

News Roundup: Threats to Voting Rights Accelerate

February 25, 2022
Here is this week’s latest news on our investigations into threats to democracy and voting rights, as well as on the pandemic in the U.S.

News Roundup: Demands for Accountability in Fake-Electors Plot

January 21, 2022
The brazen scheme to subvert the 2020 vote by having pro-Trump electors submit false electoral certificates — which American Oversight obtained through FOIA — has heightened demands for accountability.

Florida House of Representatives Email Communications Concerning Anti-Abortion Legislation

January 8, 2022
Records from the Florida House of Representatives in response to American Oversight's request for external communications with select outside individuals and entities concerning Senate Bill 8, an anti-abortion bill in Texas. These records include email communications regarding anti-abortion legislation between specific external groups and staffers of Florida Reps. Anthony Sabatini and Webster Barnaby.

FOIA to DOJ for FBI Memorandum Written About Protests Following Killing of George Floyd

January 7, 2022
FOIA request to the Department of Justice seeking a copy of a Federal Bureau of Investigation memorandum written about the protests following the 2020 police killing of George Floyd.

South Carolina Governor’s Office Communications Concerning Anti-Abortion Legislation

December 29, 2021
Records from the South Carolina Office of the Governor in response to American Oversight's request for external communications with select outside individuals and entities concerning Senate Bill 8, an anti-abortion bill in Texas. These records included redacted email communications.

News Roundup: Presidential Coups and Election Reviews

December 17, 2021
New and alarming details about the involvement of key figures — from members of Congress to Kanye West — in former President Donald Trump’s bid to overturn a free and fair election have continued to trickle out over the last week.

Idaho Governor’s Office Communications Concerning Anti-Abortion Legislation

December 9, 2021
Records from the Idaho Office of the Governor in response to American Oversight's request for external communications with select outside individuals and entities concerning Senate Bill 8, an anti-abortion bill in Texas. These records include related constituent and staffer email communications.

Georgia Attorney General’s Office Text Message Communications Concerning Anti-Abortion Legislation

November 23, 2021
Records from the Georgia Attorney General's Office in response to American Oversight's request for Attorney General Chris Carr's text messages about Senate Bill 8, an anti-abortion bill in Texas. These records include several text message communications between Carr and external groups.

The Trump Administration’s Controversial ‘Operation Legend’ Program

November 23, 2021
In the summer of 2020, the Trump administration launched Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement program that dedicated hundreds of agents to “fight violent crime” in several U.S. cities, in what critics saw as a political effort to bolster the president’s “law and order” reelection campaign during a time of heightened unrest. American Oversight is investigating the Trump administration’s politicization of federal law enforcement resources and the origins and implementation of the program.