Our Work

At Democracy Forward, our team of seasoned litigators, policy experts, research analysts, and communications professionals works to uncover unlawful actions taken by the Executive Branch and bring legal challenges on behalf of those harmed.

To learn more about our work, please contact us at info@democracyforward.org.

VoteVets v. Department of Veterans Affairs

August 14, 2018

On behalf of VoteVets, Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit to shut down President Trump’s ‘Mar-a-Lago Council’ and compel the Administration to fully disclose the role members of the President’s private...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of the Interior (Grant Politicization)

August 9, 2018

Democracy Forward filed suit against the Trump Administration for refusing to disclose how political appointees at the Department of Interior (DOI) determine which federal grant applications to select, accept or...

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Western Organization of Resource Councils v. Zinke

August 7, 2018

On behalf of the Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC), Democracy Forward filed suit against the Trump Administration for unlawfully creating the “Royalty Policy Committee” (RPC) designed to help extractive industries...

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City of Columbus v. Trump

August 2, 2018

A coalition of cities and individuals across America, represented by Democracy Forward, filed suit against President Trump and his Administration for intentionally and unconstitutionally sabotaging the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and increasing the cost of health coverage for American families. The President’s actions to undermine the ACA are not just detrimental to American families, they are a violation of the Constitution he swore to uphold.

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Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Biological Diversity, the Humane Society of the United States, and Humane Society International v. Zinke

August 1, 2018

Conservation and animal protection groups sued the Trump administration today for illegally establishing the “International Wildlife Conservation Council,” an advisory panel stacked with people who have personal or financial interests...

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Western Values Project v. Department of the Interior

July 30, 2018

On behalf of the Western Values Project, Democracy Forward filed suit against the Trump administration for failing to release documents detailing whether Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of the Interior

July 16, 2018

Democracy Forward filed suit against the Department of the Interior (DOI) for stonewalling the public release of records detailing how it selected the members of its industry-laden “Made in America”...

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Democracy Forward Demands Ethics Investigation into White House Official’s Role in Developing Special Drug Pricing Project With Novartis

July 10, 2018

Democracy Forward filed a complaint with the Office of Government Ethics requesting an immediate investigation into whether senior White House official Joseph Grogan violated ethics laws by working on a...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. FEMA

July 6, 2018

Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for refusing to release reports assessing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (“FEMA”) emergency response to Hurricane Maria’s deadly destruction in Puerto...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Education

July 5, 2018

Democracy Forward filed suit against the Department of Education (DOE) for refusing to release records disclosing the extent to which senior Trump Administration officials are coordinating with the for-profit education...

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Immigration, Legal Groups Demand DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Retract Lie That Trump Administration Was Not Implementing A Family Separation Policy

June 27, 2018

Trump Administration Violated Federal Law In Issuing Deliberate Falsehood to Shift Debate and Mislead Public on Unconscionable Forced Family Separation   Americans for Immigrant Justice, RAICES, Muslim Advocates, File Legal...

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Multnomah County v. Azar

June 8, 2018

Multnomah County filed a lawsuit against the federal government alleging it has flouted congressional mandates and politicized Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants. The suit was filed by the nonprofit legal...

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Hamel v. Department of Veterans Affairs

April 30, 2018

On behalf of veterans in Arizona and Washington, D.C., and in conjunction with the veterans group, VoteVets, Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s unlawful appointment of Robert Wilkie...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Education

April 26, 2018

Democracy Forward filed suit against the Trump Administration for refusing to disclose records documenting communications between Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and men’s rights groups in the lead up to...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Justice

April 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democracy Forward filed suit against the Trump Administration after it refused to disclose records relating to Solicitor General Noel Francisco’s potential ties to the Alliance Defending Freedom...

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Muslim Advocates v. DHS, DOJ (IQA)

April 10, 2018

On behalf of Muslim Advocates, Democracy Forward sued the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) for issuing a misleading, biased, and harmful government report on...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Office of Management and Budget

April 10, 2018

Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit demanding that President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) release records detailing Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump’s role in unlawfully rolling back a...

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Democracy Forward v. Department of Commerce

April 3, 2018

Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration to force the disclosure of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s influence over the White House’s infrastructure policy. The new...

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American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. v. Food and Drug Administration

March 26, 2018

The American Academy of Pediatrics and its Maryland chapter, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Truth Initiative and five individual...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. State Department

March 26, 2018

Administration Refuses to Disclose Documents That Would Shed Light On Whether America’s Top Diplomat Questioned Trump’s Fitness For Office   Washington, D.C. — Democracy Forward filed a lawsuit against the...

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Democracy Forward Requests State Department Investigation

March 23, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Democracy Forward filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of State Inspector General, demanding an investigation into whether Ambassador Nikki Haley and others are violating State Department...

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VoteVets v. Department of Veterans Affairs

March 6, 2018

VoteVets Demands Trump Administration Explain Whether VA Officials Used Secretary Shulkin’s Travel Scandal to Advance Privatization Plan   Democracy Forward with  VoteVets filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request...

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. State Department, DHS

February 27, 2018

Trump Administration Extended EB-5 Investor Program As Kushner Companies Used Kushner’s White House Role To Pitch Chinese Investors    — Democracy Forward filed suit against the Trump Administration after the U.S....

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Justice (Private Prisons)

February 20, 2018

Probing Administration’s Coordination With Private Prison Industry to Actively Increase Prison Population, Boost Profits We filed suit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) after the Trump Administration refused to disclose...

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DFF, F&WW v. Office of American Innovation

February 15, 2018

Demanding Transparency In the Kushner-led Innovation Office and its Role in Shaping Infrastructure Policy   We partnered with Food & Water Watch to file a lawsuit against the Office of...

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King County, City of Baltimore, Healthy Teen Network v. Health and Human Services

February 15, 2018

Nine local government, health care, and oversight organizations filed four lawsuits in federal courts in Washington, Maryland, and the District of Columbia challenging the Trump-Pence administration for unlawfully ending the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) grant agreements.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Dept. of Commerce–Private Emails

February 6, 2018

To Investigate Risk of Cronyism In Trump’s Infrastructure Plans, Democracy Forward Seeks Release Of Wilbur Ross’ Personal Emails Demanding Trump Administration Reveal Details Surrounding Whether Ross Used Personal Email We...

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Blueprint for Cronyism: Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

January 29, 2018

This report details the illegal way President Trump's infrastructure plan was crafted behind closed doors, the self-dealing infrastructure actions President Trump has already taken, and the ways in which the President's plan is ripe for abuse.

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SurvJustice, ERA, VRLC v. Department of Education

January 25, 2018

We're representing SurvJustice, Equal Rights Advocates, and Victim Rights Law Center -- three national public interest organizations -- with the National Center for Youth Law and the National Women’s Law Center in a suit against the Department of Education seeking to reinstate Title IX protections, removed in violation of the Constitution.

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VoteVets v. Department of Defense

December 14, 2017

We’re representing VoteVets, the largest progressive group of veterans in America, in a suit against the Department of Defense and the Department of the Army seeking to uncover the truth surrounding the deaths of service members in Yemen and Niger.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Office of Management and Budget

December 14, 2017

Democracy Forward filed suit against the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after the agency refused to reveal the names of all members of President Trump’s "Regulatory Reform Task Forces."

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Organization for Competitive Markets et al. v. USDA

December 14, 2017

We’re representing the Organization for Competitive Markets and independent farmers from Alabama and Nebraska in a suit against the Trump Administration for illegally rolling back critical protections intended to shield family farmers and ranchers from predatory and retaliatory practices by big agribusiness corporations. Our lawsuit seeks to reinstate rules that prohibit major meat and poultry processors who contract with farmers from engaging in unfair and deceptive practices.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Education

December 7, 2017

We filed suit against the Department of Education (“the Department”) after the Trump Administration refused to disclose communications between Department officials and a for-profit college group that is suing to overturn the Department’s “borrower defense rule.”

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Health and Human Services

November 17, 2017

We filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to force the Trump Administration to reveal why it suddenly terminated nearly $213 million in evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention (“TPP”) Program grants and the role Valerie Huber—an abstinence-only advocate and senior HHS official appointed by President Trump—played in reducing access to sexual health education.

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National Women’s Law Center, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement v. Office of Management and Budget

November 15, 2017

We’re representing the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement in a suit against the Trump Administration for illegally rolling back critical pay transparency requirements intended to root out discrimination and close the wage gap. Without the requirements, roughly 60,886 employers —who collectively employ 63 million workers—are empowered to continue shielding race and gender pay gaps from scrutiny.

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Bay Journal Media, Inc. v. Environmental Protection Agency

November 15, 2017

We’re representing Bay Journal Media, Inc., publisher of the Bay Journal newspaper, in a suit that seeks to expose the decision-making process behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) termination of funding for an award-winning newspaper that has been funded by the agency since 1991, through multiple changes in administrations.

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Democracy Forward Demands Treasury Correct Misleading Information On Tax Debate, Invokes Federal Information Quality Law

November 14, 2017

We invoked the Information Quality Act (“IQA”) to file a petition with the Department of Treasury demanding the Trump Administration agency correct unreliable and erroneous statements regarding the impact of its tax proposal.

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Giffords Law Center v. ATF, DOJ

November 9, 2017

We’re representing Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in a suit that seeks to uncover the NRA’s dangerous influence over the Trump Administration’s gun safety policies.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Treasury

October 31, 2017

We filed suit against the Department of the Treasury to force the Trump Administration to reveal details of closed-door “listening sessions” Administration officials held with unknown parties while developing its tax proposal.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Office of Management and Budget

October 13, 2017

We filed suit against 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 an anti-price gouging rule mandated by the ACA.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Defense

September 20, 2017

We filed suit against the Trump Administration after the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) refused to reveal whether the White House consulted military officials before warning of an imminent Syrian chemical weapons strike.

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Natural Resources Defense Council v. Department of Energy

September 14, 2017

We're representing the Natural Resources Defense Council in a suit against the Trump Administration to protect energy efficiency rules designed to protect the environment, consumers, and American manufacturers.

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Common Cause v. Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity

September 14, 2017

When the Trump Administration launched an unlawful investigation into the voting history of individual American voters, we represented Common Cause and voters in FL, NY, and TX in a suit to stop them.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Justice

September 13, 2017

We filed suit after DOJ refused to reveal whether Trump-Pence transition officials sought information from federal prosecutors regarding politically sensitive investigations being conducted during the transition.

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Western Values Project v. Department of Interior

August 31, 2017

On behalf of Western Values Project, we filed suit against the Department of Interior to uncover the Trump Administration’s efforts to threaten a United States Senator.

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Paralyzed Veterans of America et al. v. Department of Transportation

July 31, 2017

On behalf of Paralyzed Veterans of America, we filed suit against the Department of Transportation for unlawfully attempting to rollback protections for airline travelers with disabilities. 

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Food & Water Watch v. Trump

July 25, 2017

We filed suit on behalf of Food & Water Watch to challenge actions taken by the Trump Administration’s “Infrastructure Council,” which is led by of President Trump’s financially-conflicted business associates and has been operating in secret.

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Cigar Association of America et. al. v. FDA

July 24, 2017

We’re representing six leading public health organizations in their attempt to defend public health regulations against two federal lawsuits brought by the tobacco industry.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Commerce

June 30, 2017

The decennial census is a cornerstone of American democracy, yet the Trump Administration has taken steps that could impede or undermine the Census Bureau’s critical work.  We filed suit in federal court demanding the release information related to the Administration’s actions.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Transportation

June 30, 2017

To uncover the role financially-conflicted informal advisors have played in Trump Administration policy decisions, we filed suit in federal court demanding the release of records.

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Democracy Forward Foundation v. Department of Transportation

June 30, 2017

To understand the scope and nature of government business potentially being improperly shielded from public scrutiny by the Trump Administration, we filed suit in federal court demanding the release of records related to the use of ephemeral communications applications.

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