Topic: Influence & Access

New Lawsuit in Investigation of Trump Administration’s Cuts to Funding for Combating Domestic Terrorism

August 8, 2019
Today, American Oversight sued DHS for the calendars and emails of Trump appointee Katharine Gorka to learn whether her ties to anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups have influenced federal policy.

Complaint: American Oversight v. HUD and FHFA – Outside Influence on Federal Housing Policy

August 7, 2019
American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Finance Agency for records reflecting communications with Tom Barrack, Richard LeFrak, and Steven Roth — New York real estate developers and known associates of the Trump family. American Oversight sought these records to determine if Barrack, LeFrak, and Roth have been using their ties to President Donald Trump to influence federal housing policy.

FOIA to HUD Seeking Communications with Several External Organizations

August 2, 2019
FOIA to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requesting communications between high-level agency officials and representatives of several external organizations to shed light on a housing policy proposed by HUD Secretary Ben Carson.

FOIA to HHS Components Seeking Communications Between Ballard Partners and HHS Leadership

July 24, 2019
FOIA to HHS components seeking communications with powerful Trump-era lobbying firm Ballard Partners, which has reported lobbying HHS on various issues.

FOIA to the Interior Seeking Communications with Lobbyist Matthew Schlapp Regarding Health and Trade Issues

July 24, 2019
FOIA to the U.S. Department of the Interior seeking communications with Matt Schlapp or with his lobbying firm Cove Strategies—which has registered new clients since President Trump took office and has contacted agencies regarding trade and casino issues.

FOIA to the Interior Seeking Communications with Lobbyist Matthew Schlapp Regarding Trade and Health Issues

July 24, 2019
FOIA to the U.S. Department of the Interior seeking communications with Matt Schlapp or with his lobbying firm Cove Strategies—which has registered new clients since President Trump took office and has contacted agencies regarding trade and casino issues.

New Lawsuit Seeks Records of Mike Pompeo’s Outside Political Influences

July 23, 2019
American Oversight has filed a lawsuit as part of its investigation into whether the secretary of state has been subject to inappropriate political influences during his tenure in the Trump administration.

FOIA to State Seeking Communications Between the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Republican Donors

July 23, 2019
FOIA to State Department seeking communications between David M. Friedman, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and Republican donors Sheldon and Miriam Adelson.

FOIA to the State Department Seeking Communications by the U.S. Ambassador to Israel Regarding Golan Heights

July 23, 2019
FOIA to State Department seeking communications sent by David M. Friedman, U.S. ambassador to Israel, relating to Golan Heights including the terms "Trump Heights" or "Ramat Trump."

FOIA to State Seeking Email Communications with Raytheon Lobbyists

July 22, 2019
FOIA to the State Department seeking email communications with Raytheon lobbyists, including former lobbyist and current Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper.