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Washington, DC — March 14, 2011

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton will provide testimony to this week’s Senate and House hearings on government compliance to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He will, on behalf of the government watchdog Judicial Watch, focus on whether the Obama administration’s transparency promises are being kept. Judicial Watch has filed over 325 Freedom of Information requests with the Obama administration, and has been forced to file 44 lawsuits to force the Obama administration to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing is entitled “The Freedom of Information Act: Ensuring Transparency and Accountability in the Digital Age.” Senator Patrick Joseph Leahy (D-VT) is Chairman of the Committee, Senator Charles E. “Chuck” Grassley (R-IA) is the Ranking Minority Member. To view the Senate Judiciary proceedings Tuesday live online, click here: http://judiciary.senate.gov/hearings/

  • When: Tuesday, March 15, 201110:15 AM ET
  • Where: Dirksen Senate Office BuildingRoom 226

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing is entitled “The Freedom of Information Act: Crowd-Sourcing Government Oversight.” Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is Chairman of the Committee, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) is the Ranking Minority Member. To view the House Government Reform and Oversight proceedings Thursday live online click here: http://oversight.house.gov/

  • When: Thursday, March 17, 20119:30 AM ET
  • Where: Rayburn House BuildingRoom 2154

The hearings are being held as part of Sunshine Week 2011 — March 13-19. Sunshine Week is a national initiative by the news media, nonprofits and other organizations interested in promoting government transparency.

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Washington, DC — March 4, 2011

Judicial Watch will be holding a press conference to announce details of a lawsuit to be filed today against a U.S. Representative.
This offender has come to the attention of ethics committees on numerous occasions with transgressions ranging from questionable use of per diem funds to acceptance of bribe monies. The Judicial Watch lawsuit contends that the congressman has finally gone beyond the pale.

When:

1:00 PM ET, Monday, March 7, 2011

Where:

Judicial Watch conference room
425 Third St, SW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20024

Who:

Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch

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Washington, DC — February 10, 2011

Judicial Watch announces its participation in the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), February 10-12 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, DC. Along with an information booth in the Exhibit Hall, Judicial Watch will be providing live updates via their Corruption Chronicles blog. Judicial Watch will also host a panel discussion and a transparency seminar.
Overall, Judicial Watch’s CPAC 2011 activities will include:

  • Saturday 10:00 AM Panel:

    Government Gone Wild: The Transparency Cure — Marshall Ballroom
    Joelle Cannon, Office of Senator Tom Coburn
    Chris Edwards, Cato Institute
    Mark Tapscott, Washington Examiner
    Moderator: Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch

  • Saturday 11:00 AM Seminar:

    Compelling Transparency through the Freedom of Information Act — Jackson Room
    Instructor: Chris Farrell, Dir. Investigations & Research
    Coffee and Beverages Served

  • Corruption Chronicles blogger Irene Garcia will be working live from CPAC 1 PM Thursday thru Saturday 12 PM

“Americans are opposed to the unprecedented expansion of government power and secrecy. With our participation in CPAC, Judicial Watch is proud to stand with other conservatives to say ‘enough is enough.’ We must fight for ethics, accountability and transparency on Capitol Hill and in White House — that is our message for CPAC,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.About CPAC: Taking place in Washington, DC each year, CPAC brings together nearly 10,000 attendees and all of the leading conservative organizations and speakers who impact conservative thought in the nation. Regularly seen on C-SPAN and other national news networks, CPAC has been the premiere event for any major elected official or public personality seeking to discuss issues of the day with conservatives. From Presidents of the United States to college student leaders, CPAC has become the place to find our nation’s current and future leaders.About Judicial Watch, Inc.: Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law. Through its educational endeavors, Judicial Watch advocates high standards of ethics and morality in our nation’s public life and seeks to ensure that political and judicial officials do not abuse the powers entrusted to them by the American people. Judicial Watch fulfills its educational mission through litigation, investigations, and public outreach. The motto of Judicial Watch is “Because no one is above the law.” To this end, Judicial Watch uses the open records or freedom of information laws and other tools to investigate and uncover misconduct by government officials and litigation to hold to account politicians and public officials who engage in corrupt activities.

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Washington, DC — January 24, 2011Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its list of investigative priorities for the new 112th Congress. The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

  • ACORN Corruption: Including, but not limited to, ACORN restructuring and rebranding; unethical activitiesby ACORN affiliates; incidents of voter registration fraud (Project Vote); and new Obama administration grants and funding for ACORN-linked groups.
  • Climategate: Including, but not limited to, the U.S. federal government’s involvement in the international scheme to exaggerate the rise in world temperature readings, the Environmental Protection Agency’s hyper-aggressive campaign to expand control over the economy through carbon restrictions and various controversies involving taxpayer-supported “green energy” programs.
  • Financial Solvency: Including, but not limited to, the impact nationally if individual States should begin to default on their debt.
  • Government Bailouts: Including, but not limited to, the government’s legal and constitutional justification for authorizing the bailouts of private financial institutions; government deliberations regarding which institutions received grants from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP); the decision by the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) to place Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under “conservatorship;” and the government takeover of the American automotive industry.
  • Illegal Immigration: Including, but not limited to, the President’s attempts to enact stealth amnesty for illegal aliens without approval by Congress; deteriorating security on the nation’s southern border with Mexico; and the Obama administration’s unwillingness to enforce federal immigration laws.
  • National Security: Including, but not limited to, the Obama administration’s mishandling of Guantanamo Bay and the decision to prosecute 9/11 terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other terrorists in civilian courts on U.S. soil.
  • Obama Administration Czars: Including, but not limited to, the President’s decision to bypass Senate confirmation and appoint “czars” to hold positions of power within the Obama administration as well as various corruption scandals involving individual “czars.”
  • Obamacare: Including, but not limited to, the criteria used by the Obama administration to provide “waivers”to companies and unions exempting them from provisions of Obamacare; the Obama administration’s decision to evaluate medical treatments based solely on cost; and the regulation and funding of Obamacare in general.
  • Pension Fraud: Including, but not limited to, the funding and management of public pension plans for municipal, state and unionized government workers.
  • Politicization at the Department of Justice: Including, but not limited to racially and politically motivated decision-making in federal civil and voting rights enforcement (such as the decision to largely abandon a voter intimidation lawsuit against the Black Panthers); Justice’s decision to attack states that attempt to address illegal immigration through enhanced law enforcement measures; and the duties and responsibilities of lawyers inside Justice who previously represented terrorists.
  • White House Bribery: Including, but not limited to, an effort by the Obama administration to allegedly interfere with Senate elections in Pennsylvania and Colorado by offering federal appointments to candidatesRep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Andrew Romanoff in exchange for abandoning their campaigns.

“The American people spoke clearly on Election Day: No more backroom deals, no more influence peddling and no more corruption. This new Congress has an obligation to honor the intense desire by the American people to clean up corruption in Washington,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The federal government has grown by trillions of dollars, yet much of this historic new government activity (and control) has escaped effective congressional oversight. It is well past time for Congress to help pry loose information from the Obama administration, which is the most secretive in recent American history.”

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