Cause of Action in the News

The Hill – A case study in pay-to-play cronyism

“News flash: Government subsidies and special-interests go hand in hand.” This is how executive director of Cause of Action, Daniel Epstein, starts in his latest Op-Ed.  He goes on to explain in a little more detail how the Department of Energy has shown favoritism, specifically in regard to the “Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program.”  Our lawsuit against the Department of Energy is an attempt to prevent such irresponsible use of the American people’s tax dollars.

Washington Free Beacon – Cause of Action Sues State for Clinton Records Failure

In a continued push for government accountability, Cause of Action is suing Secretary of State Kerry and the National Archivist for their failure to perform their duty to make certain that the emails of former Secretary Clinton were not deleted. We believe this lack of transparency does not benefit the American people and should not be allowed to continue.

Washington Examiner – State Dept. blocked FOIA, congressional requests at Obama’s request dozens of times

Requests from Cause of Action to the State Department go unanswered because the State Department needs to get approval from the White House.  The State Department has denied sending documents because they are considered “White House Equities”, a vague description that allows the White House to prevent the turnover of documents that may be embarrassing to the administration.  When Cause of Action requested proof that the documents were sent to the White House, not the documents themselves, the State Department would not provide anything as simple as a cover letter.

In other news:

NY Post – FBI investigation of Hillary’s emails is ‘criminal probe’

Sources say that the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s personal server is more serious than originally portrayed.  While Clinton’s people brush off the FBI inquiry the NY Post source claims “It’s definitely a criminal probe. I’m not sure why they’re not calling it a criminal probe.” As serious as this seems to be, nothing has been heard from the Clinton camp.

Washington Post – Inspectors general to Congress: Allow us access to records to help us root out corruption

The Department of Justice has decided that the inspectors general who need to look at what they consider sensitive law enforcement information must ask for approval from the agency they are investigating.  The Council of Inspectors General has reached out to congress for help in removing this obstacle.  The council explains that the inability to work outside of the knowledge of the investigated agencies could lead to delays and the inability to gather all relevant information.  In addition, the Inspectors General fear that the decision by the Justice Department may discourage whistleblowers from coming forward.