Cause of Action to DOJ: Are Taxpayer Dollars Being Used to Lobby for Taxes and Legislation?


In a letter to the Department of Justice submitted on March 16, 2012, Cause of Action requests an investigation into a grant program through the CDC called Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) aimed at anti-tobacco and anti-obesity initiatives. Cause of Action investigators uncovered multiple instances where these grants may have actually been used for lobbying on tobacco and obesity legislation.

In October, 2011, CoA sent a letter to the Inspector General at the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) requesting an investigation into the CPPW program. In February, CoA sent letters to 20 grant recipients citing potential violations of lobbying laws based on their reports of how the CPPW grant monies were either being used or were to be used. Since HHS has failed to respond to CoA’s request for investigation, we submitted a letter to the DOJ asking them to look into how these taxpayer dollars are actually being used.

See the letter here.



Department of Defense

09/23/2011 – U.S. Navy – Use of White House Cafeteria for Political Events

Department of Energy

FOIA request to the Department of Energy regarding use of  funds under the Energy Policy Act

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of the Interior

09/09/2011 – Regulatory Flexibility Act Compliance

Department of Justice

FTJ to DOJ Re FOIA Lobbying Disclosure Act 8.30.2011