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Lawmaker pressures U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to assign airport slot to campaign contributor

Documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that a Western lawmaker pressured the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to assign a highly-coveted airport slot to a campaign contributor.  In a series of letters, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to approve Alaska Airline’s…

FEMA’s failure to recover $300k of food & shelter overpayments
for longer than 6 months

Government agencies are required to generate a report each quarter listing high-value overpayments and the actions being taken to recover those funds.  The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security published its list for Quarter 2 of Fiscal Year 2012 last Tuesday (May 29, 2012).  A fuller explanation and…

IRS Inspector General cites taxpayer confidentiality law to withhold records of employee fraud

In April 2012, Judicial Watch learned that a former IRS employee had sued the agency for a quarter million dollars and expungement of his record after he was fired in October 2010.  After Anthony Yemoh Smith lost in court, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking all…

Casa de Maryland

Judicial Watch has filed a  Freedom of Information Act request that seeks records related to the Secretary of Labor’s visit to a training center for illegal aliens.  The training center, called Casa de Maryland, is funded in partnership with the Prince George’s and Montgomery County Community Colleges. During her visit…

Richard Cordray appointment to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

CFPB is a federal agency launched on July 21, 2011 by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. It is funded through the Federal Reserve (in an amount equal to 10% of the Federal Reserve’s budget), alleviating it from congressional oversight through the ordinary appropriations process. On Thursday,…

St. Paul Squeeze

On April 4, Judicial Watch filed public records requests at the city and federal levels pursuant to an investigation into the Obama administration’s involvement in a housing discrimination suit arising out of St. Paul, Minnesota.  Landlords of budget rentals had brought suit against the city – and won – alleging…

FAA Chief’s DUI Resignation

On August 29, 2011, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood launched a multi-year advertising campaign called: “Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over,” according to the agency’s website. Click here for the press release on the campaign. On Saturday, December 3, 2011, Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt was pulled over on suspicion…

Mexican Incursions

INCURSIONS Incursion: “…the unauthorized crossing of the U.S.-Mexico Border by Mexican Government personnel.  May be intentional or unintentional” As of September 30, 2005, the Office of Border Patrol Field Intelligence Center has 18 confirmed and one unconfirmed incursions during FY 2005 5. MEXICAN POLICE INCURSION (ARMED/INTENTIONAL) SAN DIEGO / IMPERIAL…

Obama’s “Recess” Appointments 2012

On January 4th or 5th (depending on which document you consult), President Barack Obama seized a lull in congressional activity to name a director to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and three members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) without first obtaining Senate approval, as required under Art. II, Sec. 2,…

Ethics Waivers

The day after President Obama was sworn into office, he released the Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel, Executive Order 12490. This ethics pledge was the supposed fulfillment of Obama’s campaign promises to reform politics and create a more ethical government. The new pledge, which every government appointee must sign, includes…


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