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.

Muslim Advocates, Democracy Forward v. DHS, DOJ (IQA)

April 10, 2018

Muslim Advocates and 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 terrorism. The...

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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. FDA

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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DFF 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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DFF 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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DFF v. DOJ (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. HHS

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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DFF 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. Dept. 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. DoD

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. OMB

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. U.S. Department of Ed

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. HHS

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. OMB

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. EPA

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. OMB

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. U.S. DOD

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. U.S. DOE

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. U.S. DOJ

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. U.S. 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. U.S. DOT

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. U.S. 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. U.S. 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. U.S. DOT

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. U.S. DOT

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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