Topic: Influence & Access

Department of Education Resumes Reveal Pro-Charter School Bias

April 10, 2019
American Oversight has obtained Department of Education resumes that offer yet another example of how DeVos has prioritized charter schools and for-profit institutions over public education.

FOIA to Interior seeking David Bernhardt’s Communications with the Independent Petroleum Association

April 9, 2019
FOIA to Interior seeking David Bernhardt's communications with the Independent Petroleum Association after an official boasted about his "direct access" to now-Secretary Bernhardt.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications with Florida-Based Groups

April 5, 2019
FOIA to the USDA seeking records of communications between Farm Service Agency State Executive Director for Florida and Florida-based groups to shed light on any potential influence of political appointees' former campaign donors.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications with Oklahoma-Based Groups

April 5, 2019
FOIA to the USDA seeking records of communications between State Executive Director for Oklahoma Scott Biggs with Oklahoma-based groups to shed light on any potential influence of political appointees' former campaign donors.

FOIA to USDA Seeking Communications with Oregon-Based Groups

April 5, 2019
FOIA to USDA seeking records of communications between USDA Rural Development State Director for Oregon John E. Huffman and Oregon-based groups to shed light on any potential influence of political appointees' former campaign donors.

New Lawsuit Seeks Evidence of Outside Influence on Judicial Nominations

April 1, 2019
The lawsuit targets communications between the Justice Department and outside groups like the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society.

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Casino Industry Lobbying Efforts

March 27, 2019
OLC’s reinterpretation of the Wire Act aligns with restrictions long sought by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Complaint: American Oversight v. DOJ – Wire Act

March 27, 2019
American Oversight's lawsuit against DOJ to investigate the administration’s reversal of a 2011 Office of Legal Counsel opinion that limited Wire Act prohibitions to sports betting, and whether the decision was made to benefit Trump donor Sheldon Adelson.

The Corruption Continues: Mueller Has Finished His Work. American Oversight Has Not.

March 25, 2019
The corruption of the Trump administration goes far beyond and far deeper than the criminality covered in the Mueller investigation.

News Roundup: Same Old Stories

March 22, 2019
By now, it should be clear that using private email and messaging apps for official government business is not allowed.