Topic: Influence and Access

FOIA to DOT Seeking Communications with Lobbyists for Braidy Industries and En+ Group

August 14, 2019
FOIA to the Department of Transportation seeking email communications of senior political appointees with lobbyists associated with Braidy Industries and EN+ Group.

More Examples of Personal Email Use and Heavy-Handed Outside Influence at the VA

August 13, 2019
New documents provide further examples of the influence that outside groups and individuals — including three members of Mar-a-Lago resort — have exerted on the nation’s veterans policy.

American Oversight v. DHS – Gorka’s Calendars and Emails 

August 8, 2019
American Oversight’s lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security for Customs and Border Protection press secretary Katharine Gorka’s calendars and emails. American Oversight sought these records to shed light on Gorka’s ties to groups such as the Council on Global Security, the Threat Knowledge Group, and the Westminster Institute.

Lawsuit Seeks Records of Trump Associates’ Influence on Housing Policy

August 7, 2019
We're suing in our investigation of whether real-estate developers Tom Barrack, Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth have been using their ties to the president to influence federal housing policy.
Tom Barrack at Trump's inauguration in 2017

No Records Response from State Regarding Communications with Steve Bannon

June 28, 2019
The Department of State stated that is had no records of communications between department officials, Steve Bannon, Sean Hannity, Raheem Kassam or various European embassies.

No Records Response from Education Regarding Communications Between Secretary Betsy DeVos and Paula White

May 21, 2019
Department of Education stated that it had no record of communications between Paula White and Secretary Betsy DeVos or Deputy Secretary Mitchell Zais. American Oversight asked for these records to identify if Donald TrumpÕs reported Òspiritual AdvisorÓ has influence over federal policy.

No Records Response from DOE Regarding Contacts with Boyden Gray

May 14, 2019
Department of Energy stated that it had no records of communications with anyone from the law firm Boyden Gray & Associates. American Oversight has sought to uncover the extent to which the firm has been lobbying the Trump Administration.

FOIA to DOI Office of the Solicitor Seeking Records Relating to Twin Metals’s Mining Leases

April 30, 2019
FOIA to DOI Office of the Solicitor seeking records relating to mining leases held by subsidiary of company owned by Ivanka and Jared Kushner's Washington, D.C. landlord.

No Records Response from DOJ’s Civil Division Regarding Steve Wynn

February 26, 2019
No records response from Department of Justice's Civil Division regarding communications with or about casino magnate Steve Wynn.