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  • Huffington Post | Emails Show Trump Administration Was Told Obamacare Ad Cuts Could Hurt Enrollment

    December 14, 2018

    The emails, which the left-leaning watchdog group Democracy Forward obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and then provided to HuffPost, start in January 2017, when Trump became president. One...

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    E&E News | Controversial hunting panel recruits more to firing line

    December 13, 2018

    The pro-hunting International Wildlife Conservation Council, established by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, is now recruiting new members. @RepRyanZinke/Twitter New openings on a pro-hunting Interior Department advisory council give safari advocates another...

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    The Hill | Watchdog groups call on EPA to probe past interaction with Fox News

    December 13, 2018

    A pair of left-leaning watchdog groups are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to internally investigate the agency’s past dealings with Fox News. Democracy Forward and Restore Public Trust made...

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    Daily Beast | Watchdogs Call on EPA to Probe Its Dealings With Fox News

    December 13, 2018

    Two left-leaning government watchdog groups on Thursday called upon the EPA to launch an internal investigation into whether the agency broke federal laws in its friendly coordination with Fox News. Last month, The...

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    Newsweek | What is Jared Kushner ‘Shielding’? Watchdog Granted Court Order for DHS to Disclose Any Role He Played in Renewing EB-5 Visa Program

    December 12, 2018

    A judge has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to send a representative to a hearing on the status of a public records lawsuit the watchdog group Democracy Forward filed...

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    Mother Jones | Getting Interior to Respond to Your FOIA Requests Just Got a Lot Harder

    December 11, 2018

    In recent months, Jorjani has developed a reputation as a “troubleshooter” who is willing to meet frequently with industry representatives who have business before the Interior Department. In the months before he...

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    Miami New Times | ICE Is Getting Legal Advice From South Florida’s Private-Prison Giant, Emails Show

    December 10, 2018

    Before the federal government sued California in an attempt to open the state to private-prison contractors, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sought the advice of GEO Group, the Boca Raton-based, multibillion-dollar...

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    FedWeek | Veterans’ Advocates Sue Over Airline Safety

    December 7, 2018

    The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is suing the Department of Transportation (DOT), in hopes of triggering a rollback of regulations that are creating what deems as unsafe environments for...

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    E&E News | ‘This smells’: Agency under fire over solar grant announcement

    December 7, 2018

    A lawsuit filed by Democracy Forward Foundation on Oct. 25 is also seeking records on the grant from a Freedom of Information Act request. The department did not comment directly on the...

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    Mother Jones | When the Biggest Prison Company Complained About a California Sanctuary Law, ICE Listened

    December 7, 2018

    GEO’s business in California came under threat in June 2017 when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 103, a public safety omnibus bill that blocked counties from entering into new federal contracts...

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    Campus Technology | Department of Education Ranked in Top 10 of FOIA Lawsuits

    December 6, 2018

    The Democracy Forward Foundation sought information concerning the agency’s changes in sexual harassment policy under Title IX, including appointment schedules for several high officials; another request sought records concerning Diane Jones and...

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    Washington Post | Veterans group seeks court’s help in making airplane bathrooms more accessible

    December 2, 2018

    A veterans group is turning to the courts for help in its efforts to make airplane bathrooms more accessible for travelers with disabilities. Paralyzed Veterans of America filed a lawsuit Thursday in...

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    CNN | GAO to look into whether Mar-a-Lago trio inappropriately influenced VA

    November 27, 2018

    In August, the liberal advocacy group VoteVets filed a lawsuit asserting the group violated “federal laws that regulate the ability of private interests to shape federal policy,” which the Veterans...

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    Politico | House Democrats pile on to scrutinize DeVos

    November 24, 2018

    As they mull their targets, House Democrats can also turn to a slew of left-leaning watchdog groups that have cropped in the past two years, some of whom have already...

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    ABA Journal | Was Trump’s appointment of acting AG Whitaker within the law?

    November 14, 2018

    Finally, some question whether the Vacancies Reform Act applies when the departing officer was fired. Sessions resigned, but said in his resignation letter that he was resigning at the president’s...

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    Consumer Affairs | How often are airlines breaking or losing passengers’ wheelchairs? They won’t be able to keep that data secret for much longer

    November 14, 2018

    Advocacy group Democracy Forward, which represented the PVA in the lawsuit, says that the new rule will fill what has otherwise been a “data desert” when it comes to flying...

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    Philadelphia Tribune | With Democrats retaking the House, what’s next?

    November 12, 2018

    There will be heightened tensions in the House over increased investigations into the White House and a number of Cabinet agencies, including Cabinet secretaries drawing scrutiny. House Democrats, including Pelosi,...

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    Business Insider | ‘Just answer the question and kill this story’

    November 7, 2018

    Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman whom President Donald Trump is expected to nominate to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations, was critical of former Secretary of State...

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    Huffington Post | Lawsuit Accuses Betsy DeVos And Her Deputies Of Being Motivated By Sexism

    November 1, 2018

    But plaintiffs in the filing say DeVos and her deputies had more nefarious motivations, and they use new Freedom of Information Act records as evidence. The records indicate that Department...

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    Newsweek | Melania Trump Shoved by a Baby Elephant in Kenya During First Lady’s Africa Trip

    October 6, 2018

    On her safari Friday, Melania Trump simply took pictures with her phone. She chose Africa as her first major trip abroad without her husband, and over her five-day tour is...

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    Real Deal | Remember President Trump’s infrastructure council? The White House says it never actually existed

    October 3, 2018

    But by October 2017, the White House took the official position that the infrastructure council never actually existed. The claim came in response to a federal lawsuit brought by nonprofit...

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    Rewire | Trump’s HHS Turns Teen Pregnancy Grant Announcement Into ‘Political Theater’

    October 1, 2018

    The grant program funded by Congress was supposed to be focused on programs with evidence-based programs, but the Trump administration changed the criteria to focus on sexual-risk avoidance programs. Groups involved...

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    USA Today | A year after Vegas shooting, ATF emails reveal blame, alarm over bump stocks

    October 1, 2018

    As ATF agents in Nevada helped police investigate the massacre, the political storm began building in Washington. Were bump stocks legal? Even the ATF director wasn’t sure. “Are these ‘ATF...

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    Washington Post | Paddlers sue Coast Guard for kicking them off the Potomac when Trump is golfing

    September 20, 2018

    “The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Maryland, says Trump has made more than three dozen visits to the golf club since the rule was...

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    Washingtonian | Trump’s Golf Course Visits Shut Down the Potomac so Often, These Paddlers are Suing

    September 20, 2018

    “The Trump White House has yet another legal headache—and this time, the other side brought paddles. The Canoe Cruisers Association of Greater Washington filed a lawsuit in Maryland Thursday against...

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    USA Today | Canoeing group sues over restrictions near Trump golf course

    September 20, 2018

    “A canoeing group filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration Thursday, claiming President Donald Trump’s use of his golf course in Northern Virginia has led to illegal restrictions on...

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    NBC | Federal mine safety official warned the Trump administration is putting miners in danger, violating law

    September 17, 2018

    “President Trump has already put his disregard for coal worker safety into action by refusing to enforce the rule against a West Virginia mine operator repeatedly cited for endangering mine...

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    Military Times | Paralyzed Vets Want to Crack Down on Airlines over Broken, Lost Wheelchairs

    September 17, 2018

    The trade group Airlines For America, which represents most of the U.S. carriers, asked for more time for the airlines to comply, and the DOT went along with the request....

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    The Daily Sentinel | Panel review of gas royalties gets underway

    September 4, 2018

    A federal committee that is reviewing royalty regulations applying to oil and gas and coal development plans to meet Sept. 13 in the Denver area, where it may vote to...

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    McClatchy | Data collected by Trump’s Kobach-led voter fraud commission is ‘entirely deleted’

    August 30, 2018

    Nearly eight months after President Donald Trump disbanded his election integrity commission because it was tangled up in lawsuits over its request for voters’ personal data, the information has been destroyed and...

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    Bustle | Ivanka Trump Boosted The Equal Pay Rule Rollback In A Significant Way, A Watchdog Group Says

    August 30, 2018

    Almost exactly a year ago, the Trump administration decided to roll back an Obama-era rule that required large companies to report how much they pay workers by gender and race....

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    Newsweek | Ivanka Trump Was More Than Complicit in Obama Equal Pay Rollback—She Had a Hand in It, Watchdog Alleges

    August 29, 2018

    First daughter Ivanka Trump was not simply complicit in supporting the Trump administration’s rollback of an Obama-era equal pay rule exactly a year ago from Wednesday—she had a hand in...

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    New York Times | Trump’s Sabotage of Obamacare Is Illegal

    August 14, 2018

    From the moment he took office, President Trump has used all aspects of his executive power to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. He has issued executive orders, directed agencies to...

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    Inc. | Airline Passengers, Meet Your New Heroes: Disabled U.S. Veterans Who Are Suing Over Airline Bathrooms

    August 8, 2018

    Airplanes are getting more cramped. And the bathrooms are getting smaller, like the teeny-tiny ones on American Airlines 737-MAX planes. But if a disabled U.S. veteran who is suing the U.S....

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    Ms. Magazine | Feminist Litigators are Demanding Rights for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors—and Taking on Betsy DeVos

    August 8, 2018

    Civil rights litigators— including representatives from Equal Rights Advocates, the Democracy Forward Foundation, the National Center for Youth Law and the National Women’s Law Center—have petitioned the Department of Education to retract...

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    NBC News | Trump’s undermining of Obamacare violates the Constitution, new lawsuit charges

    August 2, 2018

    The suit seeks to force Trump to adopt policies intended to expand rather than shrink enrollment; reduce rather than increase premiums and promote instead of attack the ACA. Among the...

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    USA Today | Disabled travelers sue DOT to force accessible lavatories on single-aisle planes

    July 31, 2018

    Karianne Jones, a lawyer at the Democracy Forward Foundation, which is representing Paralyzed Veterans of America, filed the lawsuit urging the court to force the department to adopt regulations on...

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    ThinkProgress | Group sues DOI for more information about deputy secretary’s links to past lobbying clients

    July 30, 2018

    Several former clients of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s top deputy, David Bernhardt, began receiving “sudden and dramatic windfalls” only months after the former industry lobbyist was sworn in as deputy...

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    E&E News | Watchdog group sues for Bernhardt ethics records

    July 30, 2018

    The Western Values Project, represented by the Democracy Forward Foundation, is seeking to force compliance with nearly a dozen Freedom of Information Act requests it has filed since January. The...

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    Law 360 | DHS, CBP Hit With FOIA Suit Over ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy

    July 27, 2018

    An open government nonprofit asked a D.C. federal court Wednesday to force the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to hand over documents about how they are enforcing a...

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    New York Times | DeVos to Eliminate Rules Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges

    July 27, 2018

    Ms. Jones has not recused herself from advising on the gainful employment rule or on any matters involving career education, according to her list of recusals provided to The Times...

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    BNA | So Much Losing: Trump Deregulatory Efforts Flounder in Court

    July 25, 2018

    If an agency can delay the effective date of a regulation or in some way send a signal that a regulation will not be enforced for months or years, there...

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    Vogue | Ivanka Trump Is Locking Up Her Fashion Brand

    July 25, 2018

    But Trump has heretofore been seemingly unbothered about such conflicts of interest; she has continued to wear her sheath dresses and pumps from her own label to events she attends...

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    Buzzfeed | These Emails Show What Happens When The White House Keeps The Pentagon Out Of The Loop

    July 25, 2018

    It’s no secret that time and time again, officials in the Defense Department have been blindsided by sudden, often significant announcements and policy changes involving the US military coming out...

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    Think Progress | FEMA acknowledges poor preparation for 2017 hurricane season that devastated Puerto Rico

    July 18, 2018

    FEMA’s admissions were only made public thanks to the efforts of the group Democracy Forward, which requested the report via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The advocacy organization later sued after their...

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    Law 360 | Democracy Forward Sues DOI For Parks Panel Selection Docs

    July 17, 2018

    The Democracy Forward Foundation sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in D.C. federal court Monday in an effort to force the release of records concerning the selection process for...

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    E&E News | Advisory panel could benefit from privatization — lawsuit

    July 16, 2018

    A government watchdog group alleges Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke may have violated federal law by creating an industry-stacked advisory committee whose members could benefit by privatizing work done by the...

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    Jezebel | FEMA Admits It Messed Up Hurricane Maria Response, Recommends Puerto Rico Get Better at Fending for Itself

    July 13, 2018

    Curiously, FEMA released the report one week after nonprofit group Democracy Forward sued FEMA for not responding to a May Freedom of Information Act request, and days after the New...

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    Buzzfeed | FEMA Admits Its Response To Hurricane Maria In Puerto Rico Was Inadequate

    July 13, 2018

    Advocacy group Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit last week for the report after the agency did not respond to their May FOIA request for its findings, and the document was released late...

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    ABC | Warren, Krishnamoorthi demand examination of Education Department ethics program after former for-profit college exec shapes policy

    June 14, 2018

    Two Democrats are demanding a review of the Education Department’s ethics program following an ABC News report that revealed a senior Education official, hired straight out of the for-profit college...

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    Newsweek | Trump Administration Can’t Hide Jared Kushner-Led Office From FOIA Requests, Watchdogs Claim In New Court Filing

    June 12, 2018

    An attempt by the Trump administration to dismiss a lawsuit against its Jared Kushner-led Office of American Innovation (OAI) for failing to respond to public records requests is being challenged...

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    TPM | Watchdog Group: Trump’s Latest VA Shakeup Is Still Illegal

    May 31, 2018

    An independent watchdog group told TPM that President Trump’s appointment Wednesday of Department of Veterans Affairs Chief of Staff Peter O’Rourke to temporarily run the agency is illegal. The group,...

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    Rewire | For the Fourth Time, a Federal Judge Has Ruled Against Trump’s Cuts to Teen Pregnancy Grants

    May 30, 2018

    The fight involves funding under the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) and the Trump administration’s efforts to replace evidence-based sex education and health standards with abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. The national nonprofit,...

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    Stars and Stripes | Veterans groups call for acting VA secretary to step down during Senate confirmation

    May 23, 2018

    Trump announced Friday that he intended to nominate Wilkie as VA Secretary. Wilkie is a former military officer who served previously at the Defense Department as undersecretary for personnel and...

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    Military Times | Wilkie’s VA nomination raises more short-term department leadership questions

    May 21, 2018

    Now, with Wilkie apparently close to vacating the acting secretary post, the question becomes whether the Trump administration will again bypass Bowman in favor of a different acting secretary. “It...

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    The Hill | Education official who helped craft student loan policy was for-profit college exec: report

    May 15, 2018

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos halted what is known as the “Borrower Defense to Repayment” law before it was scheduled to take effect on July 1 of last year. The Obama-era...

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    ABC | Former for-profit college executive shaped Education Department policy that could benefit former employers: Documents

    May 15, 2018

    Emails obtained by the executive branch watchdog group Democracy Forward and shared with ABC News show in the days leading up to the announcement, Eitel circulated borrower defense talking points...

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    Axios | Prison reform’s catch 22

    May 9, 2018

    Benjamin Seel, legal analyst for Democracy Forward, also opposes the bill, accusing President Trump of bending “federal prison policy to reward his cronies in the private prison industry while making...

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    Vox | Can presidents fire officials and pick their acting replacements? A lawsuit wants the courts to decide.

    May 7, 2018

    Democracy Forward, an executive branch watchdog group, filed a lawsuit on behalf of veterans claiming Trump violated federal law by appointing Wilkie to the position of acting VA secretary rather...

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    Courthouse News Service | Veterans Agency Faces Legal Backlash on Privatization

    May 2, 2018

    With the White House poised to privatize essential services at the Department of Veterans Affairs, an Army reservist and a Marine accused the agency in a federal complaint Monday of...

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    Stars and Stripes | Lawsuit claims Trump’s selection of Wilkie as acting VA secretary was ‘unlawful’

    April 30, 2018

    WASHINGTON – A new lawsuit argues President Donald Trump illegally bypassed the order of succession at the Department of Veterans Affairs when he tapped Robert Wilkie to lead the agency...

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    Military Times | Lawsuit calls acting VA Secretary Wilkie’s appointment illegal, demands immediate removal

    April 30, 2018

    But Wilkie’s appointment has raised concerns among multiple veterans groups, who have complained the role should have gone to Deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman, the next leader in line at the...

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    The Hill | Third judge rules against Trump admin on cuts to teen pregnancy program

    April 27, 2018

    Judge Catherine Blake in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the administration’s decision to end grants two years early for organizations participating in the Teen...

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    Newsweek | Tucker Carlson Claims That ‘Terrorism is a Largely Immigrant Phenomena’; That’s Highly Misleading

    April 26, 2018

    The Department of Homeland Security published data in a January report suggesting that 73 percent of at least 549 individuals that were convicted of international terrorism-related charges in U.S. federal...

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    Rewire | Lawsuit: What Ties Does Trump’s Solicitor General Have to Hate Group?

    April 25, 2018

    Filed by the nonprofit legal organization Democracy Forward Foundation, the lawsuit is in response to what advocates allege is the administration’s refusal to respond to a Freedom of Information Act...

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    Washington Post | Trump said he’d stand by farmers and ranchers like me. He hasn’t.

    April 25, 2018

    That’s why in December, the Organization for Competitive Markets — a farmers and ranchers group that I help lead — and some of its members sued the Trump administration for...

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    Bustle | Trump Ended Obama’s Equal Pay Rule — And This Group Wants To Know If Ivanka Helped

    April 11, 2018

    The organization behind the suit is Democracy Forward, a nonprofit that monitors the executive branch’s activities. It filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in November to receive materials...

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    Bustle | Ivanka Trump Didn’t Celebrate Equal Pay Day & That’s A Far Cry From Her Campaign Promises

    April 11, 2018

    Trump’s choice to not recognize Equal Pay Day this year could stem from the fact that a watchdog group, Democracy Forward, filed a lawsuit Tuesday that insinuates she played a...

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    Newsweek | WAS IVANKA TRUMP ‘COMPLICIT’ IN HALTING EQUAL PAY RULE? WATCHDOG GROUP IS SUING TO FIND OUT

    April 10, 2018

    The lawsuit, filed by Democracy Forward against the Office of Management and Budget, fittingly on Equal Pay Day, and obtained by Newsweek, seeks to “compel it to produce documents that would shed...

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    Elite Daily | Ivanka Trump’s Company Is Exempt From New Tariffs, Report Says, & What?

    April 10, 2018

    When President Trump won the election, Trump took on an official role in the White House as adviser to the president. At the time she was also running her company...

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    NPR News | Two Civil Rights Groups Are Suing The Federal Government Over a Report on Terrorism

    April 10, 2018

    Two civil rights groups are suing the federal government over a report on terrorism which they claim violates federal law. LISTEN HERE:

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    Newsweek | TERRORISM REPORT TRUMP TOUTED ‘MISLEADINGLY INFLATES’ MUSLIM THREAT TO U.S., LAWSUIT ALLEGES

    April 10, 2018

    Two watchdog groups have sued the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security over a report the agencies jointly issued earlier this year, stating that three of four people...

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    Washington Times | Muslim group sues to block Trump terrorism report

    April 10, 2018

    The January report concluded that 73 percent of the 549 people convicted of international terrorism between 2001 and 2016 were foreign born. Activists were infuriated by the report at the...

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    The Hill | Groups sue Trump administration over terrorism report

    April 10, 2018

    A civil rights organization and a watchdog group are suing the Trump administration for allegedly issuing a misleading report on terrorism the president ordered as part of his second travel ban. In...

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    Bloomberg | Trump Officials Twisted Data About Terrorists, Lawsuit Claims

    April 10, 2018

    The Trump administration used a bogus terrorism study to prop up its anti-immigrant agenda by claiming most offenses are committed by foreign nationals, a pair of advocacy groups claim in...

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    CNN Money | UK companies have to share gender pay gaps. US companies almost had to do the same

    April 4, 2018

    Now some equal pay advocates are fighting back. The National Women’s Law Center is currently working with Democracy Forward, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and other groups to...

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    Politico | North Carolinians create stink over hog farms

    April 2, 2018

    Livestock farmers from Alabama, Nebraska and Kansas outlined in a court brief last week why they support an ongoing lawsuit against Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that seeks a judicial review...

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    Bustle | This Teen Pregnancy Prevention Update Is Good News For Family Planning Clinics

    March 29, 2018

    Democracy Forward argued that the documents, which included internal HHS emails and records, showed political appointees with “anti-science, anti-evidence backgrounds” made the decision to cut funding for teen pregnancy prevention. The...

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    CNBC | Public health groups are challenging the FDA’s decision to delay e-cigarette regulation

    March 27, 2018

    The group filed the new suit with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Truth Initiative, American Academy of Pediatrics, Democracy Forward and several...

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    Buzzfeed News | Documents Show The Trump Administration Approved Bump Stocks Before It Opposed Them

    March 22, 2018

    Giffords and Democracy Forward, a progressive organization, obtained the letter and other documents from the Justice Department by filing a request under the Freedom Of Information Act. Federal officials initially...

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    Cleveland Plain Dealer | Ex-head of Ohio abstinence program helped end federal sex-ed grants, documents show

    March 21, 2018

    The legal group – Democracy Forward – described Huber as one of several “Trump-appointed political aides with strict anti-science, anti-evidence backgrounds who boxed out career agency officials most familiar with...

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    The Hill | Political appointees led cancelation of teen pregnancy prevention program

    March 20, 2018

    Democracy Forward had filed the FOIA request after the Trump administration abruptly cut short grant programs aimed at ending teen pregnancy. More than 80 institutions across the U.S. were notified...

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    Daily Kos | Confirmed: Abstinence-only Trump appointees ignored experts to end teen pregnancy prevention program

    March 20, 2018

    Democracy Forward is suing over the funding cut, and is arguing that the Department of Health and Human Services “violated the Administrative Procedure Act that bars arbitrary decision-making and that...

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    NBC | Trump Appointees Ended HHS Teen Pregnancy Program

    March 20, 2018

    Last month, Democracy Forward, a nonprofit law firm and advocacy group, sued the administration for unlawfully terminating the program after the agency took months to respond to its Freedom of...

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    AXIOS | The criminal justice reform coalition is breaking up

    March 15, 2018

    “Democracy Forward is suing the Justice Department for not properly disclosing requested information under the Freedom of Information Act on possible relationships between the Trump administration and private prisons.” READ MORE...

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    Washington Post | Under pressure from Senate Democrats, EPA restores funding for the Bay Journal

    March 2, 2018

    “Democracy Forward, a left-leaning legal and policy shop founded last year in response to the Trump administration’s deregulation agenda, represented the Bay Journal in its appeal to the EPA.” READ...

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    CNN | Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s NRA visit among several trips being questioned

    February 27, 2018

    “[The] Interior [Department] has not always been able to get the private planes it’s wanted. Emails uncovered by the watchdog group Democracy Forward through a FOIA request and shared with...

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    Atlanta Black Star | Advocacy Group Believes Trump Administration Is Hiding Connection to Private Prisons, Sues for Access

    February 21, 2018

    “The Democracy Forward Foundation, partly funded by Democratic party donors, wants to know whether the administration’s plans on prison reform may be influenced by donations and lobbying by private prison firms. Since...

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    The Daily Caller | Left-Leaning Organization Sues Trump’s DOJ Over Lying About Prison Reform

    February 21, 2018

    “Democracy Forward Foundation, a liberal watchdog organization, sued President Donald Trump’s Justice Department Tuesday, claiming it had refused to turn over documents proving Trump’s goal in prison reform was to...

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    Newsweek | JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SUED AFTER JARED KUSHNER PRISON REFORM ‘OPENED THE FLOODGATES TO CRONYISM,’ WATCHDOG ALLEGES

    February 20, 2018

    “Democracy Forward, a nonprofit that scrutinizes executive branch activity, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Justice Department failed to sufficiently respond...

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    The FOIA Blog | Kushner Office Sued For FOIA Violations

    February 20, 2018

    “Food and Water Watch and Democracy Forward have filed suit against the Office of American Innovation (OAI) for ignoring the groups FOIA requests sent to it since its creation last...

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    New York Times (AP) | Advocacy Group Sues Justice Department for Prison Policy Files

    February 20, 2018

    “The Democracy Forward Foundation, a group with Democratic party ties, wants to know the background on the administration’s plans on prison reform and whether it may be influenced by the...

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    Newsweek | JARED KUSHNER’S OFFICE SUED FOR LACKING TRANSPARENCY ON INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN ‘RIPE FOR CRONYISM,’ COMPLAINANT SAYS

    February 16, 2018

    “The nonprofits Democracy Forward and Food & Water Watch filed the lawsuit Thursday after the Kushner-led office “ignored” Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The organizations made FOIA requests to see whether policy-making...

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    News One | Trump Administration Sued For Cutting Teen Pregnancy Program That Benefits Black Girls

    February 15, 2018

    “The plaintiffs filed federal suits in Washington state, Maryland and the District of Columbia. They’re asking the courts to prevent the administration from ending grants under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Teen...

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    The Washington Times: Groups sue Trump for canceling teen-pregnancy prevention funding

    February 15, 2018

    “Grant recipients who are suing span the country, from King County Health Department in Seattle to the Healthy Teen Network in Baltimore.” READ MORE

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    The Seattle Times: Planned Parenthood, King County file lawsuits fighting cuts to teen-pregnancy prevention effort

    February 15, 2018

    “The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced it was canceling a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program two years early, cutting $2.2 million from King County. The county and local...

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    The Hill: Groups sue over Trump cuts to teen pregnancy prevention program

    February 15, 2018

    “Nine local government, health care and oversight organizations sued the Trump administration Thursday after it abruptly cut short grants aimed at ending teen pregnancy last year…The groups are represented by...

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    Washington Post: Nine organizations sue Trump administration for ending grants to teen pregnancy programs

    February 15, 2018

    “Among the organizations that stand to lose money is the Healthy Teen Network, a Baltimore-based agency that provides training and resources about adolescent reproductive health. Patricia Paluzzi, president and chief executive of...

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    NPR: Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

    February 15, 2018

    “The Healthy Teen Network and the other groups are suing in U.S. district courts in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Washington state. They accuse the Trump administration of cutting off their...

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    CNN: Trump Nominee To Oversee Mine Safety Cases Is Lawyer Who Defended Coal Companies

    February 7, 2018

    “President Donald Trump’s nominee to chair the independent agency tasked with adjudicating mine safety cases is a lawyer who has defended coal companies with safety violations. Marco Rajkovich was nominated...

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    Free Speech TV | Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Is Riddled With Problems

    February 4, 2018

    “Just days before Donald Trump gave his first State of the Union address, a draft of his infrastructure plan was leaked to the press, revealing that his administration was heading...

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    Crains’s New York Business | Major city landlord encouraged Trump to undermine Gateway project

    January 31, 2018

    “Chao’s and Roth’s correspondence was among federal emails released as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request by Democracy Forward. Roth’s message was initially reported by Politico. Vornado...

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    BisNow | Vornado CEO Steve Roth Gave Blessing To Killing Gateway Tunnel Deal

    January 31, 2018

    “Vornado CEO Steven Roth, who owns more office space around Penn Station than any other landlord, told U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in July to “stick to your guns” when...

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    Real Deal Magazine | Steve Roth apparently supported Trump’s decision to back out of Gateway funding plan: report

    January 31, 2018

    “It seems Vornado Realty Trust’s Steve Roth backs President Trump’s decision not to pay for half of the Gateway tunnel project. In an email exchange with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao...

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    Vanity Fair | Why Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Should Scare The Crap Out Of You

    January 31, 2018

    “And because Trump & Co. will pay for no more than 20 percent of any given project, states and localities that don’t have the extra funds will most likely be...

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    Crain’s New York | Major city landlord encouraged Trump to undermine Gateway project

    January 31, 2018

    “Steve Roth, the chief executive of a major city property owner and a personal friend of President Donald Trump, appeared to express support last summer for the Trump administration’s hard...

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    Fox News | Trump to tout infrastructure plan in State of the Union – can he strike long-awaited deal?

    January 31, 2018

    “President Trump will use his State of the Union address Tuesday to try to rekindle bipartisan interest in a trillion-dollar-plus plan to upgrade the country’s roads, ports, bridges and other...

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    Bond Buyer | Who benefits from Trump’s infrastructure plan?

    January 31, 2018

    “As the president prepares to promote his infrastructure plan in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, a left-leaning watchdog group is claiming the plan was illegally developed by...

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    Washington Post | Trump is going to propose an infrastructure plan tonight. It’s a scam.

    January 30, 2018

    “Putting corporate profits over the needs of the public: As a new report from the Democratic group Democracy Forward explains, the administration’s plan was developed with the help of an advisory board headed...

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    The Hill | Trump’s infrastructure plan under fire ahead of State of the Union

    January 30, 2018

    “The administration is also running into allegations of corrupt conflict-of-interests in its drafting of a plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Democracy Forward, a non-profit group, released a report Tuesday...

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    Politico | Trump Critics Seize on Developer Ties to Infrastructure Plan

    January 30, 2018

    “Even before the president formally calls for a deal to help rebuild the nation’s aging infrastructure, a watchdog nonprofit stocked with former Democratic aides is ramping up a campaign to...

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    Washington Post | Trump is going to propose an infrastructure plan tonight. It’s a scam.

    January 30, 2018

    “Putting corporate profits over the needs of the public: As a new report from the Democratic group Democracy Forward explains, the administration’s plan was developed with the help of an...

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    The Daily Beast | Civil-Rights Groups Slam DOJ-DHS Immigration Report for ‘Errors’

    January 29, 2018

    “Two civil-rights groups are citing an obscure law to force the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to correct a recent report on immigration and terrorism that they say “fails...

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    NYMag-The Cut | Betsy DeVos Sued for Rolling Back Campus Sexual Assault Protections

    January 29, 2018

    “Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who reportedly consulted men’s-rights groups before rescinding Title IX guidance on campus sexual assault last fall, is being sued for violating federal law and discriminating against...

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    Bustle | Betsy DeVos Is Being Sued For Killing Campus Sexual Assault Guidelines

    January 29, 2018

    “The Department of Education came under legal fire on Thursday after three civil rights groups announced it was suing Secretary Betsy DeVos for rescinding Title IX guidelines on campus sexual...

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    Associated Press | Civil rights groups sue DeVos over policy on campus sexual assault

    January 29, 2018

    “Several civil rights organizations are suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her agency over its policy on investigating sexual assault on campuses.A suit filed Thursday in federal court in California...

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    CNN | Civil rights groups sue Betsy DeVos over sexual assault policy

    January 29, 2018

    “A group of civil rights advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Education Department and its secretary, Betsy Devos, challenging the department’s move last year to roll back Obama-era...

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    New York Times | Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Is Sued Over Sexual Assault Guidance

    January 29, 2018

    “Victims’ rights and women’s rights groups sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday, saying that rules that she issued last year to guide campuses on how to manage sexual assault...

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    Washington Post | Lawsuit challenges Trump’s rollback of guidance on campus sexual violence

    January 29, 2018

    “Advocates for sexual assault victims filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to overturn the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era guidelines for responding to campus sexual violence. The suit, filed in U.S....

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    Rewire | Advocates Sue to Unwind Trump Administration Guidance on Campus Sexual Assault

    January 29, 2018

    “Attorneys on behalf of three advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit Monday against the Trump administration alleging the Department of Education overstepped its authority in issuing Title IX policy addressing campus...

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    Daily Beast | Civil-Rights Groups Slam DOJ-DHS Immigration Report for ‘Errors’

    January 29, 2018

    “Two civil-rights groups are citing an obscure law to force the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to correct a recent report on immigration and terrorism that they say “fails...

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    Cosmopolitan | Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Brand Is Under Ethical Scrutiny Again

    January 25, 2018

    “Ivanka Trump’s clothing line is under scrutiny for ethical reasons again. Last year, Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway sparked controversy when she told a television audience to “go buy” Ivanka’s clothes; she...

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    The Hollywood Reporter | Activist Group Demands Ethics Investigation of Ivanka Trump Over Ties to Clothing Brand

    January 24, 2018

    “The organization Democracy Forward is calling for an investigation of Ivanka Trump and her affiliation with her eponymous clothing brand.” READ MORE

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    The Fashion Law | The Trump Administration Won’t Stop Promoting Ivanka’s Brand, Might Be Running Afoul of Federal Law

    January 24, 2018

    “Federal employees may not use their positions for private gain, according to federal law in the United States. Yet, this is exactly what Ivanka Trump is doing, according to Democracy...

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    Fashionista | MUST READ: CFDA, ‘VARIETY’ AND ‘WWD’ LAUNCH ‘RUNWAY TO RED CARPET,’ AMAZON CHANGES SELLER FEES TO LURE MORE LUXURY GOODS

    January 24, 2018

    “Ivanka Trump allegedly uses her White House profile to promote her brand Church isn’t the only thing that should be kept separate from state; apparently, clothing brands also need to...

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    Newsweek | IVANKA TRUMP SHOULD ‘KNOW BETTER’: WATCHDOG DEMANDS INVESTIGATION ON FIRST DAUGHTER WEARING HER COMPANY’S CLOTHES

    January 24, 2018

    “The group Democracy Forward in its letter to the office on Tuesday requested that the investigation include “whether Ms. Trump is coordinating directly with IT Collection or third party celebrity style publications...

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    WWD | Ivanka Trump Still Improperly Promoting Brand, Group Claims

    January 24, 2018

    “Having a brand and White House duties is still causing some problems for Ivanka Trump.The Democracy Forward Foundation, a nonprofit focused on legal and policy issues in the executive branch,...

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    Racked | Ivanka Trump’s Relationship to Her Brand Is Under Ethical Scrutiny Again

    January 24, 2018

    “Ethical concerns about Ivanka Trump’s ties to her namesake clothing line have haunted the first daughter ever since she started working in the White House as an advisor to President...

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    Bustle | Ivanka Trump & Her Clothing Line Might Be Breaking The Law

    January 23, 2018

    “The ethics of President Trump holding onto his business interests have been repeatedly called into question since he took office — and now the first daughter is under the same...

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    Elite Daily | Are Ivanka Trump’s Clothes Violating Ethics? Activists Want An Investigation

    January 22, 2018

    “Democracy Forward Foundation, a watchdog group that scrutinizes the executive branch, is submitting a letter to David J. Apol, Acting Director of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). The letter,...

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    Washington Post | This Secretary Is Giving Sessions Competition For The Worst Trump Cabinet Member

    January 11, 2018

    “He could face investigation over his use of a helicopter, diverting funds from wildfire funds. (“An Oregon lawmaker is asking the Interior Department’s inspector general to look into whether Interior...

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    Newsweek | Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Could Face Investigation Over Helicopter Rides

    January 10, 2018

    Senator Ron Wyden is making the request following a Newsweek investigation that discovered how the Department of the Interior had discussed billing a wildfire preparedness fund for Zinke’s use of...

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    The Nation | Donald Trump Has Sold Out Family Farmers

    January 9, 2018

    ” [Joe] Maxwell, who formerly served as Missouri’s lieutenant governor, is now executive director of the Organization for Competitive Markets, a Nebraska-based organization that advocates for strong enforcement of antitrust...

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    E&E News | Pallone Decries ‘Politicized Grants’ With Newspaper Case

    January 9, 2018

    “The leading Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee blasted U.S. EPA’s decision to yank funding from a newspaper covering the Chesapeake Bay, saying the move undermines its defense...

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    Bloomberg | Trump Health Nominee Faces Another Grilling on U.S. Drug Costs

    January 8, 2018

    “Until about a year ago, nominee Alex Azar was an executive at drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co., a role that’s fueled lawmakers’ concerns that he might not be willing to...

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    POLITICO | Screening Company Awarded Contract After Former Lobbyist Hired At DHS

    January 8, 2018

    “A former lobbyist for a screening technology manufacturer is now a top official at DHS, at a time when the agency is ramping up acquisition of new screening equipment —...

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    Wapo |The Daily 202: Why Trump And Republicans Are Suddenly Talking Up Bipartisanship:

    January 8, 2018

    The Interior Department said it made a mistake by using wildfire preparedness funds to pay for a helicopter tour of Nevada taken by Ryan Zinke that cost $39,000. Newsweek’s Celeste...

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    ThinkProgress | Report: Trump’s Health Secretary Pick Helped Pharma Company Turn Profit By Testing Sex Drug On Kids

    January 8, 2018

    “President Donald Trump’s pick for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, Alex Azar, was a top executive at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly when it decided to test...

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    NYMag | The Company of Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Tested Cialis on Kids

    January 8, 2018

    “On Tuesday morning, Alex Azar — President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) — will appear before the Senate Finance Committee for his...

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    Charleston Gazette-Mail | WV Farmer Part of Lawsuit to Give Contract Growers More Legal Strength

    January 6, 2018

    “This also means contract farmers need the necessary legal protection to make sure the company doesn’t burn them if they speak out or complain, according to [Mike] Weaver. That’s why...

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    E&E News | Politics killed newspaper grant — ex-Bay Program chief

    January 4, 2018

    “Josephine Morse, an attorney for government watchdog group Democracy Forward, which is representing the Bay Journal, said EPA’s decision to pull the paper’s funding “raises strong First Amendment concerns.” READ MORE

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    E&E News | Politics Killed Newspaper Grant — Ex-Bay Program Chief

    January 4, 2018

    “The Trump administration’s decision to yank funding for a 26-year-old newspaper focused on the Chesapeake Bay was “totally ideologically driven,” according to the recently retired head of the U.S. EPA...

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    Billings Gazette | Gazette Opinion: Zinke’s Pricey Travel Expenses

    January 4, 2018

    “Zinke is failing to lead by example. How can taxpayers trust him to trim out waste – and sustain essential public services — when they see the secretary spending extravagantly...

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    MSNBC | Zinke’s Use Of Taxpayer-financed Helicopters Draws New Scrutiny

    January 3, 2018

    “Following up on a story we’ve been keeping an eye on, most Secretaries of the Interior can go their entire tenures without generating national media attention or political controversies. Donald...

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    Wonkette | Ryan Zinke Used Wildfire Funds For Fun Helicopter Tour. Good Thing There Aren’t Any Wildfires!

    January 2, 2018

    “That is very, very reassuring! Informed of Interior’s explanation that the funding of the helicopter inspection tour was simply an error, Corey Ciorciari, policy and strategy director for Democracy Forward,...

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    Shareblue Media | Trump Cabinet Secretary Caught Taking Helicopter Ride With Money For Fighting Wildfires

    January 2, 2018

    “Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke took a helicopter ride with funds earmarked to help the fight against wildfires in a year that those fires caused an epic level of destruction.” READ...

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    Think Progress | Ryan Zinke Taps Almost $40,000 From Wildfire Preparedness Fund To Pay For A Helicopter Trip

    January 2, 2018

    “Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the group Democracy Forward and shared with Newsweek showed that an Interior Department staffer sent an email that said Zinke would...

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    Newsweek | Interior Department Tapped Wildfire Preparedness Funds For Ryan Zinke Helicopter Tour

    December 29, 2017

    “Corey Ciorciari, Democracy Forward’s policy and strategy director, called the Zinke Nevada chopper tour “yet another example of the Trump Administration abusing taxpayer dollars to fund the lifestyles of its...

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    Montana Post | Secretary Zinke Gets Caught Raiding Wildfire Funds for Expensive Travel

    December 29, 2017

    “The evidence clearly shows that they tried to specifically use these funds for these purposes. While Montana was burning and could have used these funds or Zinke’s advocacy on our...

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    Scottsbluff Star Herald | Farm Group Sues Perdue For Killing Fair Practice Rule

    December 24, 2017

    “One of the reasons we’re really interested in this case is because it has such tremendous and direct impact on small and independent farmers to compete in the market,” said...

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    USA Today | Judge: Case To Push Airline Reporting On Damaged Wheelchairs Filed In Wrong Court

    December 22, 2017

    “Anne Harkavy, executive director of Democracy Forward, whose lawyers are representing the disabled travelers in court, said the administration is trying to shut down the case on a technicality. But...

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    National Hog Farmer | Ag Group Sues USDA Over GIPSA Rule

    December 22, 2017

    “Democracy Forward, which is representing the OCM pro bono, says, “We know from decades of evidence that massive agribusiness companies don’t hesitate to use their power to abuse these farmers...

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    Iowa Public Television | USDA Sued After Dropping New Fair Practices Rules

    December 21, 2017

    “USDA is being sued over its decision to scuttle rule changes that would have granted livestock producer’s leeway in challenging meat packers and poultry processors over what some consider unfair...

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    Washington Post | The Health 202: Extra Obamacare Subsidies Renew Battle Over Taxpayer Funding Of Abortion

    December 19, 2017

    “HHS did, however, post 80 comments that criticize the regulations, and support the department’s proposal to roll them back. The decision to post only a select group of comments could...

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    USA Today | For Christmas Fliers, Lumps Of Coal

    December 19, 2017

    “If you’re disabled, or traveling with someone who is, you won’t be able to find out which airlines lose or damage the most wheelchairs. Starting on New Year’s Day 2018,...

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    POLITICO | Amtrak Train Was Speeding

    December 19, 2017

    “LEGAL EAGLES: A veterans group had its day in court Monday, arguing before the U.S. District Court for D.C. that DOT unlawfully punted the compliance deadline for an Obama-era reporting...

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    Bloomberg | Farmers Sue to Reinstate Obama Lawsuit Rule Trump Killed

    December 19, 2017

    ““I’m quite disappointed in the fact that the president hasn’t followed through on promises to help the little guy, including family farmers,” said Mike Weaver, a poultry farmer in West...

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    GAYVRA | HHS Faces Severe Backlash for Blocking Comments on Proposal to Limit LGBTQ Health Care

    December 19, 2017

    “However, many groups noted that of the comments that have been made public, which constitute less than 1 percent of the amount submitted, they are overwhelmingly tilted in favor of...

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    Salon | New Details Emerge About The Trump Administration’s Censorship Trends

    December 19, 2017

    “The government can’t discriminate in a public forum,” Rachael Klarman…of Democracy Forward, told Politico. “There’s some recent case law that would suggest that’s a pretty big problem under the First...

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    Bustle | Trump’s HHS Defends Hiding Criticism Of Its Abortion & Transgender Policy

    December 19, 2017

    “The government can’t discriminate in a public forum,” Rachael Klarman…of Democracy Forward, told Politico. “There’s some recent case law that would suggest that’s a pretty big problem under the First...

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    Courthouse News Wire | Pro-Gun Judges

    December 19, 2017

    “The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence brought a federal complaint to obtain Justice Department records on potential ties between judicial nominees and gun-lobbying organizations, including the National Rifle...

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    LGBTQ Nation | The Trump Administration Is Hiding Feedback Critical of Their ‘Religious Freedom’ Health Mandate

    December 19, 2017

    “The way HHS is handling the public comments is bringing about questions of legality. “The public can’t discriminate in a public forum,” Rachael Klarman of Democracy Forward noted. She added...

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    Law360 | Bid To Halt DOT Wheelchair Rule’s Delay Hinges On Citation

    December 18, 2017

    “A D.C. federal judge said Monday that he’d rule by week’s end on the proper venue, and likely ultimate fate, of Paralyzed Veterans of America’s lawsuit challenging the U.S. Department...

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    POLITICO | HHS Defends Withholding Comments Critical Of Abortion, Transgender Policy

    December 18, 2017

    “HHS’ selective disclosure could lead to legal challenges under multiple laws and is raising new questions at a time when the agency’s transparency is already under scrutiny. “The government can’t...

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    Harvest Public Media | Lawsuit Attempts To Force USDA To Reinstate Livestock Fairness Rule

    December 15, 2017

    “The U.S. Department of Agriculture faces a lawsuit that argues the federal agency must bring back a proposed rule that defined abusive practices by meatpacking companies.” READ MORE

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    Bloomberg BNA | OIRA’s Rao Aims for More Deregulation, Transparently Done

    December 15, 2017

    “At the same time, the administration is facing a growing number of lawsuits filed by public interest, environmental, and labor organizations.The latest lawsuit, filed Dec. 14 by the Democracy Forward...

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    POLITICO | Group sues USDA over GIPSA withdrawal

    December 15, 2017

    “The Organization for Competitive Markets, a Lincoln, Nebraska-based advocacy group, with legal help from the liberal-leaning Democracy Forward, sued the USDA today, arguing its withdrawal of GIPSA rules in October...

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    Associated Press | Lawsuit Challenges Cancellation of Farmer Fair Practice Rule

    December 14, 2017

    “We know from decades of evidence that massive agribusiness companies don’t hesitate to use their power to abuse these farmers, and the Farmer Fair Practices Rule was a crucial step...

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    Buzzfeed | A Veterans Group Is Suing The Trump Administration Over Failed Raids In Yemen And Niger

    December 14, 2017

    “Charging that the Trump administration has made “delayed, unclear and contradictory public statements” about deadly military operations in Yemen and Niger that resulted in the deaths of five US service...

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    NPR | The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now They’re Suing

    December 14, 2017

    “The suit, filed on behalf of OCM by the Capitol Hill legal watchdog Democracy Forward, charges U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his agency with “arbitrary and capricious”...

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    Washington Post | House GOP’s Gun Bill Vote Could Fracture Bipartisan Coalition On Background Checks

    December 6, 2017

    “Giffords and the liberal-leaning litigation and policy organization Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit Monday against the Justice Department, alleging that the department has failed to turn over documents showing how...

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    National Law Journal | James Clapper, Other Intelligence Leaders, Join Fight Against Voter Fraud Commission

    December 6, 2017

    “Five former Obama and Bush administration officials on Tuesday filed a brief in support of a lawsuit filed by two left-leaning groups—Common Cause and Democracy Forward Foundation—which is challenging Trump‘s...

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    Washington Post | Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Plans To Create A Massive Voter Database

    December 6, 2017

    Former National Security Officials Say It Could Be Hacked “Former national intelligence director James R. Clapper Jr…. warned that a White House plan to create a centralized database containing sensitive...

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    CNN | White House’s Planned Voter Database Could Be Hacking Target, Experts Warn

    December 6, 2017

    “Nine national security and cybersecurity experts filed an amicus brief Tuesday afternoon in support of a lawsuit against the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. The experts warn that the...

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    HuffPost | Trump Voter Fraud Probe Creating A ‘Treasure Trove’ For Hackers, Security Experts Say

    December 6, 2017

    “The brief was filed in support of a lawsuit brought by Common Cause, a left-leaning watchdog group. The suit argues the commission violated the 1974 Privacy Act, which says agencies...

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    Greenwire | Bay Journal Sues EPA Over Slashed Grants

    December 1, 2017

    “Doubling down on its position, Bay Journal Media also filed a lawsuit earlier this month to force EPA to hand over documents underlying its decision. Government watchdog Democracy Forward and...

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    Maryland Daily Record | Bay Journal Media challenges EPA’s termination of grant

    November 29, 2017

    “The termination was “unlawful, unexplained, and unilateral” and done without consulting the Chesapeake Executive Council, a bipartisan panel of state officials, according to a news release from Democracy Forward, a...

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    Healthcare IT News | Women Leaders In Health IT: You Can Control Your Own Destiny

    November 28, 2017

    “But with the brave women coming forward and sharing their stories, along with advocacy groups like Democracy Forward and the National Women’s Law Center demanding Trump reinstate the scrapped equal...

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    ThinkProgress | Interior Department’s Ethics Controversy Now Extends To Lola Zinke

    November 27, 2017

    “Possibly more troubling is how Lola Zinke’s “access to high-level politicians and her role in deciding who has access to official government events” could be allowing major Republican donors to...

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    Teen Vogue | Why These Women Are Suing Trump to Help End the Gender Pay Gap

    November 26, 2017

    “In this op-ed, Meg Uzzell and Rachael Klarman explain why their organization, Democracy Forward, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration and are seeking to reinstate a pay transparency requirement...

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    NJ Today | Trump Allows Criminals To Buy Guns

    November 26, 2017

    “The FBI’s decision to purge records from NICS that could prevent fugitives from obtaining firearms was a dangerous mistake which, even by the agency’s own logic, is unjustifiable,” said Ben...

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    The Hill | This Obscure Law Can Help Correct Misinformation In Trump’s White House

    November 25, 2017

    “Last week, an advocacy group, the Democracy Forward Foundation, sent a letter to the Department of the Treasury requesting a correction under the Information Quality Act. This seemingly obscure action...

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    USA Today | Trump Presidency Spurs Cottage Industry of Ethics Watchdogs

    November 23, 2017

    “Democracy Forward, founded this year, has filed 17 lawsuits, many of them focused on action at the agency level. “We’re using every legal tool in the toolbox to hold the...

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    Washington Post | Tens of Thousands With Outstanding Warrants Purged From Background Check Database For Gun Purchases

    November 22, 2017

    ““Even if the FBI’s revised definition of fugitive of justice is assumed to be legally correct, purging the NICS database of every single individual previously identified as a fugitive from...

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    CNN | Traveling with Dignity

    November 22, 2017

    “With the holiday travel season well underway, the veterans who lost limbs or the ability to walk face a daunting reality. Their wheelchairs may not make their final destination and...

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    Newsmax | WaPo: FBI Trimmed Gun Check ‘Fugitives’ List From 500K to 778

    November 22, 2017

    “”Even if the FBI’s revised definition of fugitive from justice is assumed to be legally correct, purging the NICS database of every single individual previously identified as a fugitive from...

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    Buzzfeed | Trump’s EPA Canceled Funding For A Pennsylvania Newspaper “Due To A Shift In Priorities”

    November 22, 2017

    “After a political appointee took charge of EPA grants, the agency cut short a six-year, $1.95-million grant to a Pennsylvania newspaper covering the Chesapeake Bay. Now a fight is brewing.”...

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    Rewire | Gavel Drop: It’s Nonstop Judicial Nomination Shenanigans

    November 20, 2017

    “In a new lawsuit, Democracy Forward and the National Women’s Law Center argue that the Trump administration illegally rolled back a requirement that companies of a certain size disclose worker...

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    Courthouse News Service | Pay Survey’s Rollback Draws Fire Against White House

    November 17, 2017

    “The groups behind Wednesday’s lawsuit are represented by Javier Guzman of Democracy Forward.” READ MORE

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    LA Times | Why is the Trump administration stonewalling about its shutdown of teen pregnancy programs?

    November 17, 2017

    “Democracy Forward listed among its requested documents information related to the role of Huber in the shutoff of teen pregnancy funding. “Our thesis is that all of the scientific evidence...

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    The Hill | Trump Administration Sued Over Wage Gap Pay Rule

    November 17, 2017

    “In their lawsuit, the National Women’s Law Center and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement accuse the administration of canceling the rule without explanation or opportunity for public comment, according...

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    Elite Daily | Donald Trump’s Equal Pay Rollback Is Getting His Administration Sued

    November 17, 2017

    “On Nov. 15, Democracy Forward and the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) sued the Trump administration for rolling back an Obama-era provision meant to collect data and better equip the government to...

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    Reuters | Lawsuit challenges Trump administration’s freeze of EEOC pay data rule

    November 17, 2017

    “The National Women’s Law Center and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement said the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) exceeded its authority when it stayed the...

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    Bustle | Trump’s Administration Blocked An Equal Pay Rule & This Lawsuit Could Bring It Back

    November 17, 2017

    “Democracy Forward, a nonpartisan nonprofit designed to take on the executive branch, filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Labor Council for Latin...

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    Bloomberg BNA | Pay Equity Advocates Sue Feds Over Stalled Data Collection Plan

    November 17, 2017

    “The National Women’s Law Center and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement filed a lawsuit Nov. 15 against the Office of Management and Budget and the EEOC in the...

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    Fast Company | EEOC May Not Collect Race And Gender Pay Data From Companies After All

    November 17, 2017

    “The comment came on the heels of a lawsuit brought by Democracy Forward and the National Women’s Law Center, which claim that the Trump administration’s attempt to roll back the...

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    National Law Journal | Trump Administration Unlawfully Blocked Pay Data Rule, New Suit Alleges

    November 16, 2017

    “If it wasn’t clear before, it’s crystal clear now: women—and the families relying on women’s paychecks—are at the bottom of the Trump administration’s agenda,” said Emily Martin, general counsel to...

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    ThinkProgress | Chesapeake Bay Newspaper Seeks Answers After Trump Administration Terminates Funding

    November 16, 2017

    “Democracy Forward, a newly formed nonprofit legal organization, and co-counsel Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP are representing Bay Journal on a pro bono basis in the lawsuit and the newspaper’s pending November 20...

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    Law360 | Chesapeake Bay Paper Sues EPA For Details After Grant Cut

    November 16, 2017

    “In a departure from past practice, the paper says the EPA put a political appointee, John Konkus, in charge of reviewing all of its grants. Coupled with the administration’s desire...

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    U.S. News & World Report | Uncover Discrimination Data

    November 15, 2017

    “Ivanka even supported her father’s retrograde move, calling the pay data collection well-intentioned but misguided. She was wrong on the facts, and the administration was wrong on the law when...

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    Washington Post | Wielding obscure federal data quality law, group challenges Trump Treasury tax cut claims

    November 14, 2017

    “Important policy decisions — like tax reform — that affect every American should be based on facts, not fancy,” said Anne Harkavy, a top Energy Department attorney from 2013 to...

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    Washington Post | The Energy 202: House GOP wants to water down tax breaks for wind energy. The Senate is unlikely to let it.

    November 14, 2017

    “On Monday, Democracy Forward, a nonpartisan legal watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act compliant against the Environmental Protection Agency on behalf of the Bay Journal, a monthly newspaper...

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    HuffPost | Gabby Giffords’ Gun Group Sues The Trump Administration

    November 9, 2017

    “The gun safety group is accusing ATF of refusing to respond to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for documents relating to communications between administration officials and the NRA (HuffPost,...

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    E&E News | Lack of Notice on Possible Mining Safety Changes Sparks Outcry

    November 6, 2017

    “But Democracy Forward argued legal questions will arise if future action stems from the comments. To illustrate what it called the Trump administration’s antagonism to mining safeguards, the group cited...

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    Forbes | Women’s Advocates Sue Trump Admin For Arbitrarily Ditching Equal Pay Data

    November 2, 2017

    “Anne Harkavy, Executive Director for Democracy Forward, commented, “In an economy where 40% of mothers are either the sole or primary breadwinners in their homes, President Trump isn’t just shortchanging...

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    Washington Post | Mining Agency Hopes You Read Its Website To Comment On Deregulation

    November 2, 2017

    ““After the tragic deaths of 14 coal miners this year, it’s troubling that the Trump administration is taking shortcuts to roll back safety protections for coal workers,” said Anne Harkavy,...

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    Bay Journal | MD Senators Ask EPA To Reverse Bay Journal Decision

    November 1, 2017

    “We are appealing the EPA’s decision within the agency, and are receiving pro bono legal assistance from the Democracy Forward Foundation, a Washington-DC based nonprofit organization.” READ MORE

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    Newsweek | Senators Push Trump Administration to Activate Drug Price-Gouging Penalty

    October 27, 2017

    “As Newsweek reported earlier this month, the nonprofit watchdog group Democracy Forward has sued the federal Office of Managment and Budget for information about the role a former lobbyist for...

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    Newsweek | Is Trump Administration Working With Big Business To Keep Drug Prices High?

    October 16, 2017

    “The suit, filed Friday by the nonprofit watchdog group Democracy Forward and shared first with Newsweek, pushes the Office of Management and Budget for details about any role an ex-pharmaceutical...

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    Newsweek | Is Trump a Moron? Watchdogs File Freedom of Information Requests to Find Out

    October 13, 2017

    “Following Tillerson’s October 4 press conference where refuted NBC’s report he called Trump a moron, the watchdog group Democracy Forward filed an FOIA request seeking to “explain to the public,...

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    Austin American-Statesman | Austinite Joins Lawsuit Against Trump Voter Fraud Panel

    September 24, 2017

    ““I feel like this commission, what they are doing is really intended to suppress the votes of people who look like me and have last names like mine,” [Anthony] Gutierrez...

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    Mother Jones | Trump Is Helping Airlines Get Away With Breaking People’s Wheelchairs

    September 20, 2017

    “Just weeks after Trump took office, the Department of Transportation bowed to pressure from airline industry lobbyists and abruptly delayed the new rule—with no input from the public.” READ MORE

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    The Hill | Watchdog Group Sues Trump Administration Over Chemical Attack Warnings

    September 20, 2017

    “A watchdog group on Wednesday filed suit against the Trump administration in an attempt to reveal whether the White House consulted Pentagon officials before publicly warning of a potential Syrian...

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    NPR | Paralyzed Veterans Vs. Airlines

    September 20, 2017

    “A rule to track and report how airlines take care of wheelchairs has been delayed for a year by the government. The group Paralyzed Veterans of America is suing to...

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    E&E News | Lawsuit Says DOE Illegally Stayed Obama Standards

    September 15, 2017

    “Environmentalists sued the Trump administration yesterday for an alleged illegal rollback of efficiency standards, the latest of many legal battles over Obama-era rules.” READ MORE

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    Talking Points Memo | Group Sues DOJ For Communications With Trump Transition On Federal Probes

    September 14, 2017

    “A nonprofit group filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department Wednesday seeking records of any communications between President Trump’s transition team and federal investigators about potential investigations into Trump-tied individuals.”...

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    Alaska Dispatch News | Montana Watchdog Group Sues for Records Related to Trump Official’s Calls to Alaska Senators

    September 1, 2017

    “The Western Values Project filed a complaint in Washington, D.C., federal court Thursday, after it said the Interior Department failed to fulfill its Freedom of Information Act request within a...

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    E&E News | IG Drops ‘Unproductive’ Probe Of Zinke’s Calls To Murkowski

    August 31, 2017

    “The Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General has stopped its short-lived and, practically speaking, long-shot inquiry into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s alleged political pressure on Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski....

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    Triple Pundit | Trump Order Puts Nation’s Infrastructure at Risk for Climate Impacts

    August 22, 2017

    “At least one environmental group, Food & Water Watch, has filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the ad hoc advisory group, claiming that Trump is ‘outsourcing policy making to...

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    Washington Post | The White House Gets Hit With A Transparency Lawsuit – Again

    August 12, 2017

    “On July 19, President Trump signed an executive order establishing the Presidential Advisory Council on Infrastructure. The group, headed by high-profile real estate developers Richard LeFrak and Steven Roth, is...

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    LA Times | Paralyzed Veterans Sue Over Delay of a Rule Requiring Airlines to Track Lost or Damaged Wheelchairs

    August 2, 2017

    “A veterans group has sued the U.S. Transportation Department for delaying a rule that would have required airlines to track data on lost or damaged wheelchairs and scooters in the...

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    Law360 | Disabled Vets Sue DOT Over Wheelchair Rule’s Abrupt Delay

    August 2, 2017

    “Paralyzed Veterans of America has filed suit in D.C. federal court against the U.S. Department of Transportation for rolling back a rule intended to make airline travel safer and easier...

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    Consumerist | Airlines Have To Track Damaged Bags, But Not Damaged Wheelchairs — And A Veterans Group Is Suing Over It

    August 2, 2017

    “You can track how an airline handles missing or damaged luggage, so shouldn’t you be able to find the data about how carriers deal with wheelchairs? A new rule that...

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    Newsweek | Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Doesn’t Know What It’s Doing, Says State Official

    August 1, 2017

    “On Tuesday another federal judge will hear arguments from the watchdog nonprofit Common Cause arguing that requests for voter data conflict with 30-year-old laws that block the federal government from...

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    USA Today | Disabled Travelers Sue DOT to Speed Airline Reporting about Damaged wheelchairs

    July 31, 2017

    “A group representing disabled veterans filed a lawsuit Monday against the Transportation Department to speed airline reporting about damaged wheelchairs, saying the issue is too crucial to delay…The group Paralyzed...

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    Washington Post | U.S. Judge Set to Hear New Challenge to Trump Voter Commission Tuesday

    July 31, 2017

    “A federal judge will hear arguments Tuesday over whether a Watergate-era law prohibiting the government from collecting data on how Americans exercise their First Amendment rights bars President Trump’s Election...

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    CityLab | Trump’s $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Has New Reason for Skepticism

    July 27, 2017

    “A lawsuit filed Tuesday against President Trump alleges that his infrastructure advisory council—tasked with hammering out the details of his $1 trillion plan to rebuild roads, bridges, and waterways—was convened...

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    Inside EPA | Lawsuit Claims Trump’s Infrastructure Panel Violates FACA

    July 25, 2017

    “Environmentalists in a new lawsuit claim that President Donald Trump’s executive order (E.O.) establishing an advisory council on environmental policy and infrastructure violates the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), saying...

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    NY Times | Lawsuit Challenges Secrecy of White House Advisers on Infrastructure

    July 25, 2017

    “A nonprofit group filed suit against President Trump on Tuesday, claiming that he illegally convened an advisory council to develop a plan to overhaul the nation’s infrastructure without the required...

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    The Hill | Nonprofit Group Sues Trump over Infrastructure Council

    July 25, 2017

    “A nonprofit group is challenging President Trump over his infrastructure council, claiming that the panel has been operating in secrecy and that its co-chairs have potential conflicts of interest. In...

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    The Hill | Health Groups Ask to Intervene in Lawsuits over Cigar, E-cigarette Rules

    July 24, 2017

    “A coalition of six public health groups asked federal courts on Monday if it could intervene in two lawsuits challenging the first-ever rules for cigars and electronic cigarettes that were...

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    Arkansas Times | Common Cause Sues Trump Voter Commission

    July 14, 2017

    “Add Common Cause to those suing over Donald Trump’s voter data commission led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The suit in Washington says it aims to prevent unlawful...

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    MIC | New Lawsuit Claims Trump’s “Voter Fraud Panel” Violates the Watergate-era Federal Privacy Act

    July 14, 2017

    “Watchdog group Common Cause filed suit against the panel on Friday, joining other good-government and civil liberties organizations mounting legal challenges to the controversial federal commission. Common Cause seeks to...

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