Topic: Taxes & the Economy

News Roundup: What Trump Knew, and What We Know

September 10, 2020
We’ve known for months that President Donald Trump has been downplaying the severity of the coronavirus. In the spring, we knew that Covid-19 wasn’t just like the seasonal flu, despite Trump’s reassurances that it was. And we’ve known that the pandemic won’t just “disappear,” no matter how many times the president insists it will.

New Reports Find Billions in CARES Act Funding Went to Companies with Histories of Misconduct

September 10, 2020
Reports from Good Jobs First and Congress highlight the importance of rigorous oversight of coronavirus relief programs.

Investigations Update: Operation Legend, Crossfire Hurricane, and the Rush for a Coronavirus Vaccine

September 1, 2020
See the latest in our investigations into the Trump administration’s politicized Operation Legend, the rush for school reopenings and a Covid-19 vaccine, and partisan FBI responses to congressional requests.

FOIA to Multiple Agencies Seeking Former Rep. Hensarling’s Emails with Former Staffers

August 10, 2020
FOIA request to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of the Treasury seeking former House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling’s email communications with former staffers now working in financial regulatory agencies.

Rejection from SBA Regarding Disclosure of Largest PPP Recipients

July 31, 2020
The Small Business Administration rejected American Oversight's request for records sufficient to show Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) recipients of forgivable loans in excess of $5 million. American Oversight seeks these records to shed light on the companies that received the largest awards of public funds from the PPPÑone of the most significant programs enacted by the current Congress and administered by the current administration.

NCUA Calendars for Rodney Hood from April 2019 to June 2020

July 29, 2020
National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) records for NCUA Chairman Rodney Hood from April 2019 to June 2020.

SBA Calendar Records Regarding a Specific Meeting with Bank Executives in March 2020

July 24, 2020
Records from the Small Business Administration in response to American Oversight's request for calendar records from March 11, 2020, regarding a meeting with bank executives potentially concerning Covid-19.

Investigations Update: Trump Administration’s Occupation of Portland, CDC Hospital Data, and the Republican Convention

July 21, 2020
Our latest investigations into allegations of misconduct at the State Department, the federal occupation of U.S. cities, and the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf gives an interview on July 16 in Las Vegas

Investigations Update: Militarization of Police, Covid-19 in Migrant Detention Centers, and Barr’s Political Interference

July 14, 2020
Here’s a look at the investigations our team has been pursuing through public records requests in the last week.

FOIA to CFPB Seeking Communications Between Eric Blankenstein and Large Financial Institutions

July 13, 2020
FOIA to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeking communications between Eric Blankenstein and large consumer-facing banks.