Topic: Trade & Industry

News Roundup: Impeachment Votes and Sonny Perdue’s Georgia Connections

November 1, 2019
As the impeachment inquiry gears up for its more public phase, American Oversight is continuing to look into ethics and influence issues at agencies like the Department of Agriculture.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue

New Lawsuit: Secretary Perdue’s Ties to Georgia Industry Groups

October 30, 2019
American Oversight sued the USDA to investigate whether Perdue’s ties to Georgia agricultural-interest groups have had an impact on his policy decisions.

FOIA to DOJ Antitrust Seeking Legal Memo on Automaker Antitrust Probe

October 17, 2019
FOIA to the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice seeking legal memorandum discussing an agreement with automakers to follow California auto emissions standards

FOIA to DOJ Seeking Emails Between the Office of the Attorney General and the White House on Automaker Antitrust Probe

October 17, 2019
FOIA to the U.S. Department of Justice seeking emails between the Office of the Attorney General and the White House regarding an agreement with automakers to follow California auto emissions standards.

FOIA to DOJ Antitrust Seeking All Records Reflecting Communications Between the Antitrust Division and the White House on Automaker Antitrust Probe

October 17, 2019
FOIA to the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice seeking all records reflecting communications between the Antitrust Division and the White House regarding an agreement with automakers to follow California auto emissions standards.

FOIA to DOJ Antitrust Seeking Emails Between the Antitrust Division and White House on Automaker Antitrust Probe

October 17, 2019
FOIA to the Antitrust Division at the U.S. Department of Justice seeking emails between the Antitrust Division and the White House regarding an agreement with automakers to follow California auto emissions standards.

No Records Response from DOI Regarding Communications with Lobbyist Matthew Schlapp Concerning Health and Trade Issues

August 30, 2019
The Department of the Interior stated that it had no communications with Matthew Schlapp or with his lobbying firm Cove StrategiesÑwhich has registered new clients since President Trump took office and has contacted agencies regarding trade and casino issues.

No Records Response from DOT Regarding the Rollback of a Railroad Brake Safety Rule

August 27, 2019
The Department of Transportation stated that it had no communications with the railroad industry concerning the rollback of a railroad brake safety rule.

SEC Withheld Records Response Regarding Communications Concerning Amazon from 2018

August 23, 2019
Response from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stating that the commission is withholding records responsive to American Oversight's request for communications concerning Amazon, Jeff Bezos, or AWS during 2018. American Oversight sought these records to learn if the SEC has been involved in President Trump’s public criticism of Amazon and Bezos.

FOIA to DOT Regarding a Meeting with Ben Carson Jr.

August 19, 2019
FOIA to Department of Transportation asking for communications regarding a May 17, 2017 meeting with Benjamin S. Carson Jr. concerning public-private partnerships.