The National
Obama Accountability Project

Partial listing of lawsuits, complaints and FOIA requests by subject matter filed against the Obama administration by Judicial Watch on behalf of the American people in pursuit of the President’s repeated violations of the law and his contempt for the people’s right to know.

 

2012 Election Integrity Project

Complaints

· June 11, 2012, Judicial Watch, in partnership with True the Vote against election officials in the State of Indiana alleging violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Specifically the lawsuit alleges that Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and Indiana Elections Division Co-Directors J. Bradley King and Trent Deckard have failed to maintain clean voter registration lists and make records related to voter registration list maintenance available as required by Section 8 of the NVRA.
· June 12, 2012, Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) to obtain records related to the agency’s decision to block a section of South Carolina Act R54 that would require voters to present photo identification when voting.
· June 15, 2012, official complaint filed by Judicial Watch with the Hatch Act Unit of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel requesting an investigation into violations of the Hatch Act by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina related to illegal attempts to bribe Democratic senatorial primary candidates Andrew Romanoff (Colorado) and Joe Sestak (Pennsylvania) to drop their primary campaigns against Obama-endorsed candidates.

· June 26, 2012, Judicial Watch files a Motion for Intervention with its client True the Vote to defend the State of Florida’s efforts to clean up voter registration lists against an Obama administration lawsuit (The United States of America v. State of Florida and Ken Detzner (No. 4:12-cv-285)).

Illegal immigration

Lawsuits

· John Doe, et al., v. Maryland State Board of Elections The Maryland Dream Act makes certain illegal aliens eligible to pay reduced tuition rates at Maryland community colleges and public higher education institutions, including the University of Maryland. MDPetitions.com collected 132,071 signatures, nearly twice the amount required by law to put the new benefit to voters in a referendum. Illegal aliens and the activist group Casa de Maryland challenged the petition drive in court to give taxpayer dollar subsidies for college tuition for certain illegal aliens. On October 7, 2011, MDPetitions.com was granted permission to intervene in the lawsuit which seeks to deny voters an up-or-down vote on the Maryland DREAM Act. The MDPetitions.com group is represented by Judicial Watch.

· Fonseca v. Fong (On behalf of a San Francisco resident, Judicial Watch challenged a “sanctuary” policy of the San Francisco Police Department that prohibited police officers from notifying federal immigration authorities when they arrest a person for various drug offenses when they suspect that person may be an illegal alien. A California appeals court gave Judicial Watch an enormous victory when it reversed a lower court ruling and ruled that the Police Department must notify federal authorities as required by California statute. The appeals court remanded the case to the lower court, where Judicial Watch is now working to ensure San Francisco’s policies comply with state law.)

· Judicial Watch v. City of Houston (TX) and Houston Police Department (An appeal that was filed to uphold a challenge on behalf of Houston police Sergeant Joslyn Johnson against the Houston Police Department’s “sanctuary” policies that substantially restrict local law enforcement personnel from communicating with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents about illegal aliens who are criminally present in the United States. Mrs. Johnson’s husband, also a Houston police officer, was killed in the line of duty by an illegal alien. (The appeal was successful and Sergeant Johnson separately pursued her claims.)

· SB 1070 Judicial Watch has filed two separate amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Arizona’s get-tough illegal immigration enforcement law, and is in constant contact with both public officials and private interest groups in Arizona in planning additional strategies in support of their efforts to stem the flood of illegal aliens into their state.

· Legal Arizona Workers Act Judicial Watch also filed an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of this legislation that requires Arizona employers to use the federal “E-verify” program to confirm the legal immigration status of all employees they hire, or face serious fines and legal sanctions. The Supreme Court upheld this critically important legislation.

FOIA Requests

· Customs and Border Protection (No. 827) (Mexican incursion reports from 2008 to present)

· Citizenship and Immigration Services (No. 825) (S visas given to aliens who are informants of criminal/terrorist activity)

· Immigration and Customs Enforcement (No. 800) (Changes to asylum policies for illegal aliens with credible fear claims)

· Department of Justice (No. 795) (DOJ tip-line to gather information on Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio)

Acorn

Lawsuits

· Judicial Watch v. Census Bureau (No. 09-901) (ACORN’s involvement in the 2010 Census)

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Housing and Urban Development (09-1811) (investigation into possible corruption and political influence issues related to federal grants obtained by ACORN)

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Housing and Urban Development (11-1498) (investigation into approval of grants to Affordable Housing Centers of America, an ACORN off-shoot group)

FOIA Requests

· Federal Election Commission (No. 679) (request for ACORN correspondence)

· Department of Labor (No. 678) (records of potential violations to ERISA laws by ACORN and/or its affiliates)

· Corporation for National & Community Service (No. 668) (Records on ACORN Housing’s violation of AmeriCorps grant agreements in 1995)

· Federal Bureau of Investigation (No. 612) (Records on voter fraud and misuse of funds committed by ACORN and/or its affiliates)

· National Labor Relations Board (No. 666) (Records on any NLRB violations committed by ACORN)

White House visitor logs

Lawsuit

· Judicial Watch v. United States Secret Service (release of all White House visitor logs from January 20, 2009, to August 10, 2000)

Black Panthers

Lawsuits

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 10-0851) (records pertaining to the decision to end DOJ’s civil complaint against the New Black Panther Party)

FOIA Requests

· Department of Justice (No. 1007) (request for memorandum from Christopher Coates to Thomas Perez regarding race-biased enforcement of civil rights laws.)

· Department of Justice (No. 1026) (request for communications between the Civil Rights Division and the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund concerning the New Black Panthers)

· Department of Justice (No. 1055) (request for records of meetings between the Office of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, or Associate Attorney General and the Executive Office of the President)

Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Lawsuits

· Family Research Council v. Department of Justice (No. 11-1550) (request concerning communications between Justice and Third Parties about DOMA litigation)

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 11-803) (records of communications concerning DOMA defense)

GOVERNMENT BAILOUTS

Lawsuits

· Judicial Watch v. Department of the Treasury (No. 09-1427) (bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac)

· Judicial Watch v. Department of the Treasury (No. 10-302) (AIG TARP documents)

· Judicial Watch v. U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency (No. 10-1537) (Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s political campaign contributions and policies about such contributions)

· McKinley v. Federal Housing Finance Agency (No. 10-1165) (documents related to government’s 2008 decision to place Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship)

· McKinley v. Federal Reserve (No. 10-751) (AIG and Lehman Brothers bailouts)

· McKinley v. FDIC and Federal Reserve (No. 09-1263) (FDIC approval of Wachovia takeover and Federal Reserve approval of Bear Stearns bailout)

FOIA Requests

· Department of the Treasury (No. 847) (Jan. 20, 2010 dinner meeting hosted by Secretary Geithner and White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and attended by six bank executives)

· Federal Reserve (No. 830) (Contact between Fed and the New York Fed on backdoor bailouts to Goldman Sachs and other firms negotiated in November 2008)

· Federal Reserve (No. 522) (government intervention in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, including legal framework and foreign investors)

· Federal Reserve (No. 533) (complete and current balance sheet of all Federal Reserve banks)

· Department of the Treasury (Nos. 647 & 648) (Criteria for FDIC rescue of Citigroup and reversal of position on rescue of Wachovia)

· Federal Reserve (No. 696) (Lehman Brothers collapse in September 2008)

HEALTH Care Reform

Lawsuits

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Health and Human Services (meetings between HHS Secretary Sebelius, President Obama, Vice President Biden, House Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid and union officials regarding negotiations over “Obamacare”)

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Health and Human Services (records concerning the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ national coverage analysis of the new cancer vaccine Provenge. Many are concerned that the decision to review the treatment could signal a move by the Obama administration begin healthcare rationing based on the cost of treatment)

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 12-0277) (records concerning whether Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, then U.S. Solicitor General, was involved in developing legal strategies to defend Obamacare from the constitutional challenge which is now pending before the Supreme Court, and which directly relate to the question of whether Justice Kagan should recuse herself from any Obamacare deliberations before the High Court)

· Judicial Watch v. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 10-2328) (records and communications related to the decision by HHS to grant waivers from Obamacare to at least 222 companies and labor unions)

· Judicial Watch filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, specifically the “individual mandate.”

FOIA Requests

· Health and Human Services (No. 859) (HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ records on Obama health care summit and health care reform legislation)