Archives for June 2012

CNN Money: Non-profit sues Delaware Governor, regulators over Bloom Energy deal

Read the full story here. CNN Money “A non-profit government watch dog group called Cause of Action has filed a lawsuit accusing Delaware Governor Jack Markell, and the Delaware regulatory agency Delaware Public Service Commission, of cronyism over a deal with fuel cell maker Bloom Energy. Bloom Energy is building […]

Greentech Media: Lawsuit Accuses Bloom Energy, Delaware of Cronyism

Read the full story here. GreenTech Media “The lawsuit was filed by Cause of Action, which describes itself as a group dedicated to fighting waste, fraud and mismanagement in the federal government. The complaint (PDF) also names Fuel Cell Energy, a Danbury, Conn.-based fuel cell maker and competitor to Bloom […]

Cause of Action Sues Delaware Governor Markell And Public Service Commission To Stop Cronyism

  CAUSE OF ACTION SUES DELAWARE GOVERNOR MARKELL AND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO STOP CRONYISM   Illegal Scheme Forces Ratepayers to Pick Up Tab for $133 Million Tariff-Subsidy   WASHINGTON – Government accountability group Cause of Action (CoA) filed suit today in federal court to challenge Delaware’s sweetheart deal with […]

National Journal: Watchdog Group Says IRS Not Monitoring Lobbying Coalitions

Read the full story here. National Journal “The pro-transparency group Cause of Action is calling on a Treasury Department inspector general to investigate why, according to the group, the Internal Revenue Service is not overseeing lobbying coalitions. CoA argues that these loose coalitions are spending money on lobbying but because […]

Cause of Action Demands Investigation of IRS’s Failure to Address Lobbying Violations

  CAUSE OF ACTION DEMANDS INVESTIGATION OF IRS’S FAILURE TO ADDRESS LOBBYING VIOLATIONS Lack of oversight of stealth lobbying uncovered by Cause of Action WASHINGTON – Following an investigation into the oversight of lobbying disclosures, Cause of Action (CoA) uncovered that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) fails to monitor activities […]

Stealth lobbying continues under the IRS’s radar

On March 22, 2012, Cause of Action  submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the IRS, seeking information concerning the IRS’ oversight of coalition lobbying, specifically: •  All documents referring or relating to the tax-exempt status of unincorporated coalitions residing at tax-exempt corporations, including reporting requirements concerning these coalitions’ […]

Homeland Security Acting IG: “Carefully reviewing the allegations made” Re: ICE violations of Federal lobbying and appropriations laws

On January 25, 2012, Cause of Action requested that Acting DHS IG, Charles K. Edwards, investigate whether the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) violated federal law by obtaining and subsequently disseminating a video that can be traced to Creative America Campaign, Inc. Creative America has demonstrable ties to […]