Topic: Influence & Access

HUD Senior Official Lynne Patton Thinks American Oversight Needs to Get a Life

February 12, 2019
American Oversight obtained email communications from the Department of Housing and Urban Development discussing FOIA requests with former Trump aide turned HUD senior official Lynne Patton, in which Patton stated that American Oversight needs to "get a life."

FOIA to Treasury Seeking Records of Trump Donor Influence at Treasury

January 23, 2019
FOIA to Treasury seeking records of communications between Trump campaign donors and top Treasury officials, including Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Chief of Staff Eli Miller, Deputy Chief of Staff Alden Wood, or (d) White House Liaison Baylor Myers.

Department of Education Political Appointee Calendars

January 22, 2019
Calendars for senior political appointees at the U.S. Department of Education covering the time period from each official's appointment through mid-July, 2017.

Investigating the Acting Defense Secretary’s Ties to Boeing

January 9, 2019
Acting Secretary Patrick Shanahan spent more than 30 years working for Boeing, and recent news reports raise some questions about his bias.

Countdown to Oversight in 2019

December 27, 2018
A look back at what American Oversight uncovered in 2018, and what 2019 could bring

DOJ Records Regarding Alex Acosta’s Bush Administration Employment

December 18, 2018
Department of Justice records regarding Alex Acosta's Bush Administration employment, including Acosta's salary and benefits history.

USTR Records of Communications Mentioning Adelson Casinos

December 17, 2018
U.S. Trade Representative records in response to our FOIA request seeking documents related to Sheldon Adelson and his casinos. The documents regard an invitation to a USTR official for a conference held by a trade association at one of Adelson's casinos.

Wait, There’s More: News of Another Administration Official Using Personal Email

December 10, 2018
News reports indicate that Scott Pruitt used personal email for official business. American Oversight continues its investigation of improper administration email use.

Ivanka Trump’s and Jared Kushner’s Roles in the Administration

November 20, 2018
Ivanka Trump used personal email for government business on hundreds of occasions in 2017, a discovery sparked by American Oversight's FOIA requests and litigation. The president’s family is not above the law, and Congress should investigate Ms. Trump’s likely violations of records rules and potential mishandling of classified information. With her and her husband, Jared Kushner, occupying positions of power and influence within the White House, it is important for the public to understand how they are carrying out their duties and whether they are obeying the law.

Back to School Changes with Secretary DeVos’ Department of Education

September 12, 2018
American Oversight's ongoing investigation of the Department of Education has uncovered detailed calendars for Secretary DeVos' past year in office. Those calendars give us a window into Secretary DeVos' priorities, who she and other senior appointees met with, and how they have been managing issues including gun violence, sexual assault on campus, and student lending.