CoAI Sues for Records of House Committee Chair’s Urging FOIA Obstruction

Records could shed light on DOJ’s communications with Chairman Hensarling, reveal guidance to agencies Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) for records that could reveal whether the agency’s Office of Information Policy or Office of Legislative Affairs […]

Is President Trump Directing Agencies To Ignore Democrats’ Oversight Requests?

The transparency community was abuzz last week when Politico reported that the White House was directing federal agencies to ignore “oversight requests” from Democratic legislators. According to unnamed “Republican sources,” a White House lawyer “told agencies not to cooperate” with record requests from the minority. Politico described this as “amount[ing] […]

Cause of Action Institute Applauds AG Sessions’ Termination of Settlement Fund Payouts to Third-Party Groups

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) applauds Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ prohibition on settlement agreements that include a payment or loan to non-governmental entities that are not parties to the dispute. On June 5, 2017, AG Sessions issued a memorandum entitled “Prohibition on Settlement Payments to Third Parties” to senior […]

Pruitt Should Reconsider Obama-Era Settlement with Harley-Davidson That Funnels Millions to an Unrelated, Politically-Favored Project

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt urging him to reconsider an Obama-era settlement reached with Harley-Davidson, Inc. for selling after-market “super tuner” devices to boost performance of their motorcycles. The EPA alleged these devices were sold in violation […]

Cause of Action Institute Investigates Possible DOJ Involvement with Congressional Frustration of the FOIA

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request with the Department of Justice (“DOJ) today in response to recent reports that Representative Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, directed the Department of the Treasury and at least eleven other agencies […]

It’s Time to End the Federal Government’s “Cash-for-Visas” Program

The Washington Post rightly called on the Trump Administration yesterday to end the government’s controversial EB-5 visa regime and, in particular, its Regional Center Program, which was recently extended until the end of September 2017. In most cases, the “Immigrant Investor Program,” or Employment-Based Preference Five (“EB-5”), permits foreign nationals […]

Fighting Confusion and Complacency to Keep the IRS Accountable

It seems like a simple idea – the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows any interested citizen to request documents from the people and agencies who exercise power over them. Elected officials have called it “our nation’s premiere transparency law” and one which serves a “crucial need … for open […]