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  • Groups Respond To OMB Director Mick Mulvaney’s Statement That He Hasn’t Thought Further About Halted Equal Pay Requirement; Groups Challenge Rollback As Unlawful

    April 18, 2018

    Recent Mulvaney Testimony Contradicts Arguments Made by Administration in Court   Washington, DC – The groups waging a legal challenge against the Trump Administration’s illegal rollback of equal pay protections...

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    City of Baltimore, Healthy Teen Network Scheduled to Appear in Federal Court to Fight the Trump Administration’s Unlawful Cuts to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

    April 18, 2018

    Trump Officials Slashed Grants to Evidence-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs in Baltimore City That Helped Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rates To All-Time Lows In Attempting To Dismiss Case, Government Lawyers Do...

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    Did Ivanka OK Trump’s Rollback Of Pay Equity Requirement? On Equal Pay Day, Democracy Forward Sues For Answers

    April 10, 2018

    Lawsuit Follows Administration Stonewalling on the Regulatory Rollback   Washington, DC — Today Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit demanding that President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) release records...

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    Groups Sue Trump Administration for Intentionally Inaccurate and Illegal Report about Immigrants and Muslims

    April 10, 2018

    Groups Invoke Information Quality Act To Sue For Retraction   Washington, DC — Today,  Muslim Advocates and Democracy Forward sued the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Department of Homeland...

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    On RV Tour Sec. Perdue Says America’s Family Farmers Don’t Need Protection From Abusive Multinational Big Ag, Says It’s the Way of “American Capitalistic Society”

    April 5, 2018

    Farmers Group Responds To Perdue Siding With Multinational Agribusiness Corporations Over America’s Independent Farmers Perdue’s Out of Touch Remarks Come During His “RV Tour”   While touring Ohio during his...

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    VoteVets Demands Trump Administration Disclose Privatization Lobby’s Role In Shulkin’s Firing

    April 4, 2018

    Suit Follows Shulkin’s Abrupt Firing via Tweet, Seeks Documents Disclosing  Koch-Backed Group’s Effort to Transfer Veterans’ Health Care to For-Profit Companies   Suit Comes In Response To Trump Administration Stonewalling...

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    Democracy Forward Sues to Reveal Whether Trump’s Infrastructure Deal with Saudi Arabia Steered Funds To Kushner Cronies

    April 4, 2018

    Suit Follows Government Stonewalling Despite Mounting Evidence Of Close Links Between Kushner and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman   Comes After Reports MBS Bragged Kushner Is “In His...

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    Family Farmers File New Brief Against Department of Agriculture for Unlawful Withdrawal of Farmer Fair Practices Rules

    March 30, 2018

    Administration Unlawfully Withdrew Rules that Would Have Helped Level the Playing Field Between Farmer and Agribusiness   New Brief  Details How the Trump Administration’s Unlawful Rollback of the Farmer Fair...

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    Teen Pregnancy Prevention Grantees Seek Court Order To Reinstate Funding Unlawfully Cut By The Trump Administration

    March 30, 2018

    Motions Follow HHS’s Agreement To Preserve Funds During Pendency of Litigation   WASHINGTON, D.C.— On behalf of plaintiffs Baltimore City, Maryland; King County, Washington; and Healthy Teen Network, Democracy Forward...

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    Health Groups File Suit to Expedite FDA Review of E-Cigarettes, Cigars

    March 27, 2018

    Delay in Product Reviews Violates Law and Keeps Kid-Friendly Tobacco Products on the Market for Years, Lawsuit Asserts   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seven public health and medical groups, and several...

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    Democracy Forward Demands Investigation of Ambassadors’ Use of Public Office to Gain Twitter Followers, Violating State Department Rules

    March 23, 2018

    Ambassador Nikki Haley, Others Appear to Drive Followers to Personal Social Media Accounts with Official Content Postings   Ambassador Haley’s Personal Account Grew By 600%, Dwarfing Increases For Official Account...

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    Legal Groups, Puerto Rican Investigative Journalists Seek Answers On Trump Administration’s Inadequate and Inhumane Response To Hurricane Maria

    March 20, 2018

    Legal organizations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, working with investigative journalists in Puerto Rico, filed multiple Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  seeking...

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    BREAKING: New Records Suggest Trump-Appointed Political Officials Drove HHS Decision To End Program Grants That Have Helped Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rates To All-Time Low

    March 20, 2018

    Career Experts Told To “Get In Line” — Trump Officials Driving Decision Have Anti-science, Anti-evidence Backgrounds   Terminated Program Grants Have Bipartisan Support, Lauded By Medical Professionals For Helping Bring...

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    VoteVets Demands Trump Administration Explain Whether VA Officials Used Secretary Shulkin’s Travel Scandal to Advance Privatization Plan

    March 6, 2018

    Information Request Follows Reporting that Trump-Connected Officials Attempted to Oust Cabinet Secretary to Advance Anti-Veteran Privatization Scheme   Washington, DC — Democracy Forward with VoteVets filed a Freedom of  Information...

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    As Paralyzed Veterans’ Case Against Administration Moves Forward, Veterans Come To Washington

    March 2, 2018

    Administration Rolled Back Protections For Disabled Travelers At Urging Of Airline Industry   Veterans Come To Washington To Lobby Congress   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Late yesterday, Democracy Forward filed a...

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    Democracy Forward, Bay Journal Win Case Against EPA

    March 2, 2018

    After Revoking A Grant To Chesapeake Bay Newspaper In Retaliation For Critical Coverage, Trump’s EPA Reverses Itself, Restores Grant   EPA’s Reversal Is In Response To Democracy Forward Legal Appeal,...

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    In Wake of Reports that Foreign Countries Discussed Manipulating Jared Kushner Through His Businesses, Democracy Forward Sues to Uncover Kushner’s Role In Reauthorizing Visa Program For Foreign Investors

    February 28, 2018

    Trump Administration Extended EB-5 Investor Program As Kushner Companies Used Kushner’s White House Role To Pitch Chinese Investors WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democracy Forward filed suit today against the Trump Administration...

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    Administration Declines To Defend Its Equal Pay Rollback On The Merits, Tries To Dismiss Suit Instead — Plaintiffs Respond By Filing Opposition

    February 28, 2018

      Washington, DC — After the Trump Administration declined to defend its rollback of equal pay protections, instead moving to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the rollback, the plaintiffs in the...

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    White House Defense Of Rob Porter And Trump’s Dismissal Of Domestic Abuse Survivors Bolsters Lawsuit Against DeVos For Rolling Back Protections For Survivors of Sexual Violence

    February 23, 2018

    Original Suit Against DeVos Alleged That Trump Administration Disregards Abuse Reported by Women Survivors – Rob Porter Incident Strengthens Legal Argument   Washington, D.C. — A coalition of advocacy and...

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    As New Evidence Suggests Kushner-Led “Reform” Efforts Will Deliver Windfall To Private Prisons, Democracy Forward Sues to Uncover Potential Coordination With Prison Industry

    February 20, 2018

    New Lawsuit Follows Trump Administration Directive To Transfer Inmates to Private Prisons WASHINGTON, D.C.— Democracy Forward filed suit today against the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) after the Trump Administration refused...

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    Groups Sue To Force Kushner-led Innovation Office To Follow Federal Transparency Rules And Reveal Role In Shaping Infrastructure Policy

    February 15, 2018

    By Avoiding Transparency Requirements, Kushner-Led Office Blocks Critical Information From Public View Including Potential Financial Conflicts   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Democracy Forward and Food & Water Watch filed a...

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    Lawsuits Filed to Stop Trump’s Rollback of Science-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

    February 15, 2018

    Suits Come In Response To Trump Administration’s Arbitrary Termination of Program That Has Contributed to Dramatic Fall In Rates Of Pregnancy Among Teens Washington DC— Today, nine local government, health...

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    To Investigate Risk of Cronyism In Trump’s Infrastructure Plans, Democracy Forward Seeks Release Of Wilbur Ross’ Personal Emails

    February 6, 2018

    After Trump Administration Refuses To Reveal Whether Ross Used Personal Email, Lawsuit Seeks Disclosure WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democracy Forward filed suit against the Department of Commerce after the Trump Administration...

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    Democracy Forward Demands Disclosure of Trump Administration’s Role in Rebooting Failed Football League Owned By Cabinet Secretary’s Husband

    January 30, 2018

    Demand Sent As President Trump and Vice President Pence Use Public Office to Attack NFL, XFL’s Direct Competitor WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Democracy Forward filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request...

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    Democracy Forward Launches Infrastructure Accountability Initiative, Releases New Report Highlighting Trump’s “Blueprint for Cronyism”

    January 30, 2018

    Series of Lawsuits, Reports and Joint Actions with Food & Water Watch to Probe Illegally Crafted Infrastructure Plan; Expose Financial Conflicts of Trump Inner Circle Washington, D.C. — As President...

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    To Correct Misleading and Inflammatory DHS Report On Immigration, Groups Invoke Law Requiring Accuracy From Government

    January 29, 2018

    Muslim Advocates and Democracy Forward Demand DHS, DOJ Correct Distorted Facts and Data Used in Joint Terror Report Washington, DC — Today Muslim Advocates and Democracy Forward petitioned the Department of...

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    Legal Advocacy Groups Sue Betsy DeVos and Trump Administration For Discriminating Against Student Survivors of Sexual Violence

    January 25, 2018

    Citing Bias of Administration Officials, SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates and Victim Rights Law Center Sue to Reinstate Protections for Student Survivors, Overturn Trump Title IX Policy Washington, DC — On...

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    STATEMENT: As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Heads to Pennsylvania to Outline the Trump Administration’s Farm Bill, Independent Farmers Demand He Reverse Attacks on Family Farmers

    January 24, 2018

    STATEMENT: As U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Heads to Pennsylvania to Outline the Trump Administration’s Farm Bill, Independent Farmers Demand He Reverse Attacks on Family Farmers As Secretary of...

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    Democracy Forward Demands Investigation Into Ivanka Trump’s Attempts To Use Fashion Websites To Profit Off Official Status

    January 22, 2018

    Group Demands Disciplinary Action for Using Official Position to Advertise Personal Clothing Line; Seeks Ethics Probes Into Possible Coordination With Fashion Websites WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Democracy Forward demanded that the...

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    STATEMENT: After Judge Notes Government’s Failure to Defend Merits, Veterans Press Forward In Challenge To Administration Rollback of Air Travel Protections

    January 16, 2018

    Following a federal court’s recognition that the Administration failed to defend the merits of its unlawful rollback of protections for air travelers with disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Democracy...

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    Democracy Forward Expands, Adds Adam Jentleson as Public Affairs Director

    January 8, 2018

    Building On Initial Success, Democracy Forward Adds Jentleson to Expand Focus on Communications and Outreach Washington, D.C. – Building on a successful first six months in which Democracy Forward lodged...

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    STATEMENT: As President Trump Addresses Farm Bureau, Independent Farmers Demand He Reverse Attacks on Family Farmers

    January 8, 2018

    Ahead of President Trump’s speech to the American Farm Bureau, farmers suing the Administration for rolling back critical protections for family farms issued the following statement: “President Trump’s administration has...

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    STATEMENT: Democracy Forward Proud Its Lawsuit Contributed To Trump’s Decision To Disband Pence-Kobach Voting Commission

    January 4, 2018

    Trump Administration Cites “Endless Legal Battles” As Primary Reason Driving Decision To Disband Washington, DC – Anne Harkavy, Executive Director of Democracy Forward, released the following statement in response to...

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    Coalition of Rights and Science Groups Demand Trump Administration Disclose White House Role in CDC Word Ban, Suit Planned if Demands Not Met

    December 21, 2017

    Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ Rights, and Science Organizations Join Effort to Probe Administration’s Unprecedented Attack on Science and Americans

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    Giffords Sues Trump Administration To Uncover Effort to Pack Federal Courts With Unqualified, NRA Hand-Picked Judges

    December 19, 2017

    Suit Follows Controversy Over NRA-Loyalist Nominee Brett Talley; Continued Trump Administration Push to Seat Unqualified Judges WASHINGTON, DC — Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Giffords) filed a lawsuit...

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    VoteVets Files Suit Against Trump Administration For Refusing To Disclose Documents on Yemen, Niger Operations

    December 14, 2017

    The largest progressive group of veterans in America, VoteVets, is today filing a lawsuit against the Trump administration, to uncover the truth surrounding the deaths of service members in Yemen and Niger. To date, the Administration has given unclear and, at times, contradictory public statements about the events leading up to the deadly incidents and today's suit seeks records surrounding the Administration's public response to the failed military operations. 

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    Democracy Forward Sues Trump Administration for Refusing to Reveal Secret Members and Financial Conflicts of “Regulatory Reform Task Forces”

    December 14, 2017

    Suit Follows Administration’s Release of  “Regulatory Plan and Agenda” Outlining Rollback of Protections for American Workers & Families WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democracy Forward filed suit today against the Office of Management and...

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    Farm Group Challenges Trump Administration’s Unlawful Rollback of Rules Protecting Farmers, Ranchers from Abuses by Big Agriculture

    December 14, 2017

    Lawsuit Follows USDA’s Decision to Side with Major Meat Producers, Making It Harder for Farmers to Seek Relief from Abusive Big Ag Practices Washington, D.C.— On behalf of the Organization...

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    Democracy Forward Demands State Department Disclose Whether Secretary Tillerson Believes President Trump is Unfit to Serve as Commander-in-Chief

    December 12, 2017

    Demand Sent As State Withholds Documents Regarding Reports Tillerson Called President A “Moron,” Concerned President Lacks Knowledge Of Nuclear Weapons WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, following growing speculation that Secretary of State Rex...

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    Democracy Forward Sues To Uncover Trump Administration Communication With For-Profit College Lobbyists Over Rollback of Student Protections

    December 7, 2017

    Lawsuit Probes Reason for Delay of Industry-Opposed “Borrower Defense Rule” WASHINGTON, D.C.- Democracy Forward filed suit against the Department of Education (“the Department”) after the Trump Administration refused to disclose...

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    Giffords and Democracy Forward Sue Trump DOJ To Expose Coordination With NRA On Gun Lobby’s Deadly Concealed Carry Bill

    December 5, 2017

    Lawsuit Comes Days Before Anticipated House Vote on National Reciprocity Act WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democracy Forward Foundation and Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed a suit against the Department of...

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    Democracy Forward Requests Treasury IG Investigation Include More Attempts by Trump Administration to Conceal Tax Bill Analysis

    December 4, 2017

    Following reports that the Treasury Inspector General is investigating attempts by Secretary Steven Mnuchin to conceal economic analysis of President Trump’s tax bill, Democracy Forward Executive Director Anne Harkavy released...

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    Chesapeake Bay Newspaper Files Legal Appeal To Fight Trump Administration’s Unlawful Grant Cut

    November 29, 2017

    Appeal Filed Following Political Appointee’s Reported Involvement in EPA’s Sudden Defunding of the Bay Journal WASHINGTON, D.C.- On behalf of Bay Journal Media, Inc., publisher of the Bay Journal newspaper,...

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    Suit Challenges Trump Infrastructure Council After New Evidence Reveals Work Behind Closed Doors That Could Benefit Members

    November 28, 2017

    New Court Filing Comes After Reed Cordish, Department of Transportation Claim That Council Never Existed Despite Evidence of Its Activity Since January WASHINGTON, D.C.— On behalf of Food & Water...

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    Giffords Law Center Demands Answers on Why the FBI, Under the Trump Administration, Removed Fugitives from National Background Check System for Gun Sales

    November 27, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the tragic mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence sent a demand letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)...

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    Democracy Forward Sues Trump Administration After Abrupt Cut to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

    November 20, 2017

    After Stonewalling by Trump Administration, Lawsuit Probes Political Motives In Cutting $213 Million From Evidence-Based Programs WASHINGTON, D.C.— Democracy Forward filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services...

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    Democracy Forward Demands Disclosure of Ivanka Trump’s Role in Administration’s Rollback of Critical Tool for Securing Equal Pay for Women

    November 16, 2017

    FOIA Request Follows White House’s Unfounded and Unlawful Determination That There’s No “Practical Utility” In Data Necessary for Securing Pay Equity   WASHINGTON, D.C.— Democracy Forward filed a Freedom of Information...

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    Advocates Sue To Stop Illegal Trump Administration Rollback of Equal Pay Rule

    November 15, 2017

    National Women’s Law Center and Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Demand Reinstatement of Pay Transparency Rule Intended to Combat Wage Discrimination WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democracy Forward and the National...

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    Chesapeake Bay Newspaper Sues EPA After Trump Administration Abruptly Cuts Grant

    November 15, 2017

    Filing Seeks Records Concerning Trump Administration’s Unlawful Attempt to Defund Environmental News Outlet WASHINGTON, D.C. — On behalf of Bay Journal Media, Inc., publisher of the Bay Journal newspaper, Democracy...

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    Democracy Forward Uses Little-Known Law to Force Trump Administration To Correct Misleading, Unreliable Statements on Tax Proposal

    November 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Democracy Forward invoked the little-known Information Quality Act (“IQA”) demanding the Treasury Department correct unreliable and misleading statements issued by Secretary Steven Mnuchin and another senior Treasury official regarding the impact of President Trump’s tax proposal.

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    Giffords Law Center Files Suit to Uncover Extent of the NRA’s Influence Over Trump Administration Gun Policy, Response to Recent Mass Shootings

    November 10, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Following the tragic mass shootings in Sutherland Springs, Texas and Las Vegas, Nevada, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence — the gun violence prevention organization founded...

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    Democracy Forward Demands Trump Administration Reveal Identities of Parties Meeting in Secret to Craft Tax Proposal

    October 31, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democracy Forward filed suit against the Department of the Treasury (the “Department”) to force the Trump Administration to reveal details of closed-door “listening sessions” Administration officials held with unknown parties while developing its soon-to-be revealed tax proposal.

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    Lawsuit Filed After Trump Administration Refuses to Reveal Pharma Lobbyist’s Role in Sabotaging ACA Anti-Price Gouging Rule

    October 16, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democracy Forward filed suit against the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) demanding the agency disclose the role Joseph Grogan, a former pharma lobbyist appointed by President Trump, played in the Administration’s decision to delay a pharmaceutical anti-price gouging rule mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The delay eliminates protections to prevent pharma companies from unlawfully overcharging for life-saving drugs used by millions of Americans under the 340B drug discount program.

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    Suit Demands Trump Administration Reveal Whether White House Consulted DOD Before Warning of Imminent Syrian Chemical Strike In June

    September 20, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democracy Forward filed suit today against the Trump Administration after the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) refused to reveal whether the White House consulted military officials before then-Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned of an imminent Syrian chemical weapons strike that, according to the White House, “would likely result in the mass murder of civilians” if conducted.

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    Suit Challenges Trump Administration Rollback of Energy Efficiency Rule

    September 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— On behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Democracy Forward filed suit today against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for rolling back parts of a widely supported energy efficiency rule that halted the sale of replacement air conditioners that were skirting stricter energy-saving requirements.

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    Voters Sue Kris Kobach for Unlawfully Targeting Individual American Citizens Under Cloak of “Advisory Commission”

    September 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— On behalf of registered voters from Florida, Texas, and New York, Democracy Forward filed a complaint today against Kris Kobach, Vice-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, to halt his unprecedented and unlawful investigation into individual American voters.

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    Democracy Forward Files Suit to Expose Trump-Pence Transition Attempts To Influence Federal Investigations

    September 14, 2017

    WASHINGTON, D.C.— Democracy Forward filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to expose attempts by the Trump-Pence Transition team to improperly influence federal investigations into both the Trump campaign and individuals with close ties to then-President-elect Donald Trump.

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    Western Values Project Files Suit After Inspector General Abruptly Closes Investigation

    August 31, 2017

    MONTANA— The Western Values Project (WVP) filed suit requesting documents from the Department of the Interior related to threats Secretary Ryan Zinke made to Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan.

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    Paralyzed Veterans of America Challenges Administration Rollback of Protections for Disabled Air Travelers

    August 1, 2017

    WASHINGTON, DC — Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) filed suit against the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for abruptly rolling back a rule intended to make airline travel safer and easier for passengers with disabilities.

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    Water Safety Advocate Files Suit Over President Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    July 25, 2017

    Washington, D.C.—Food & Water Watch filed suit today in federal court seeking to void all actions taken by President Donald Trump’s “Infrastructure Council” and compel the Administration to disclose the role its financially conflicted co-chairs, Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, have played in shaping the President’s infrastructure policy.

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    Leading Health Organizations Seek to Intervene in Defense of FDA Rule on E-Cigarettes, Cigars

    July 24, 2017

    Washington, D.C.—Six leading public health organizations today asked federal courts to allow them to intervene in two lawsuits brought by the electronic cigarette and cigar industries against the Food and Drug Administration’s 2016 rule establishing public health oversight of e-cigarettes, cigars and other previously unregulated tobacco products.

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    Common Cause Sues to Protect Voters Under Privacy Act

    July 14, 2017

    Washington, D.C.—The nonpartisan good government watchdog group Common Cause filed suit today to protect the privacy rights of voters, specifically seeking to prevent “the unlawful collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of the sensitive and personal voting data of millions of Americans,” by the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Social Security Administration.

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