Topic: Influence & Access

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Senior Staff Calendars from January – July 2017

March 6, 2018
Calendars for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and senior political appointees at the Department of Education, covering the time period from each official's appointment through mid-July, 2017. This document production includes more complete versions of the calendars than the previous copies that ED released in response to American Oversight's FOIA litigation.

Gun Lobby Influence On Responses to Mass Shootings

February 23, 2018
Following several mass shootings in the U.S. and the ensuing political debate, American Oversight is investigating state and federal responses to gun-related tragedies. Government officials frequently claim they will take concrete, legislative action to address gun violence, but little or nothing ever actually happens. And while gun industry groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) appear to go silent online, documents show they continue to lobby elected officials behind the scenes.

FOIA Seeking Additional Production of DeVos/ Education Calendars

February 13, 2018
FOIA seeking additional records related an Education entry “a 60-slide deck of the words to use, and the words to lose, regarding parental choice, vouchers, charter schools, teacher pay, and all the other issues in education reform.”

New Lawsuit Seeks DHS Border Wall Emails with White House, Fox News, Border States

February 9, 2018
Nonpartisan ethics watchdog American Oversight today sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release emails relating to President Trump's proposed border wall sent between senior officials at the department and individuals in the White House, anti-immigration activist groups, and conservative media outlets including Breitbart and Fox News.  

HUD Records Relating to Ben Carson Jr

February 1, 2018
Documents from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) related to the role of Secretary Carson's son, Ben Carson Jr., at the department and his participation in a listening tour event in Baltimore.

EPA Senior Official Calendars

January 29, 2018
Calendars for senior staff at the Environmental Protection Agency covering the time period from the start of the Trump administration through mid-2017.

Tax Reform: Uncovering the Backroom Deals

December 20, 2017
The White House and Republicans in Congress rushed through a massive overhaul of the federal tax code - but throughout the process, their talking points have not lined up with the details of the legislation. We're investigating the closed-door negotiations behind the tax bill to find out who promised what - and who will really benefit.

Treasury Department Ivanka Trump Emails

November 7, 2017
Records from the Department of the Treasury containing emails with Ivanka Trump or her staff during the time period in early 2017 before she became an official member of the White House staff.