FDA is Trying to Snuff Out America’s Cigar Industry

New rule would cripple a $20 billion industry and put thousands of American jobs in danger Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Plaintiffs the Cigar Association of America, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association, and Cigar […]

Did FEC Commissioner Misuse Her Position When She Demanded Proof of Trump’s N.H. Voter Fraud Claim?

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today called for an investigation into whether Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) Commissioner Ellen Weintraub violated federal ethics laws when she demanded President Trump provide evidence of his voter fraud claims in New Hampshire. Commissioner Weintraub used government property and official time […]

Doing the Time Without Doing the Crime

Imagine that you are the CEO of large food producer, and you are notified out of the blue that your company is responsible for a salmonella outbreak possibly affecting thousands of people around the country.  If I were that CEO, I would be worried for those who were affected and […]

The Twitter Presidency: Records, Ethics, and Legal Implications (a Series)

President Donald Trump has harnessed the power of social media, particularly via Twitter using his @realDonaldTrump account, in a way not contemplated by traditional political and policy strategies. For the first time in history, a president not only has the means to communicate to the public directly, unfiltered, and in […]

Kellyanne Conway’s “buy Ivanka’s stuff” comment: wrong, but probably not illegal

Appearing on Fox News this week, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway encouraged people to “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you . . . I’m going to give it a free commercial here, go buy it today.”  Many government watchdogs, including us here at the Cause […]

Defining a “Record” under FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act has provided the public with access to federal agency records since the mid-1960s.  As hard as it may be to believe, the definition of a “record” is still not established.  There has been a great deal of litigation over the definition of an “agency record” […]

This Fisherman Is Battling the Government to Save His Livelihood

The New England and Mid-Atlantic fishing industry is older than the Nation itself. The industry’s regulators, however, have embarked on a project that threatens its imminent destruction. Meet New Hampshire fisherman David Goethel. The federal government is destroying Mr. Goethel’s industry through overregulation and forcing ground-fishermen like himself to pay […]