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Illicit Lobbying

Report: Local health departments illegally used federal stimulus money to lobby

At least seven local health departments illegally used stimulus grant funds to lobby for greater taxes and restrictions on tobacco and unhealthy foods, according to a report released Tuesday by a nonprofit watchdog group.

Acting with Impunity

Watchdog group seeks answers to questions around Secretary Sebelius’s campaign activities in 2012

A government watchdog group is seeking clarity into how an election regulation is enforced on government employees.

Help Wanted

Oyster company appeals eviction from federal land

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company is appealing a judge’s decision to deny injunctive relief against the secretary of the interior’s decision not to renew the business’ permit to use federal land, Cause of Action announced Wednesday.

Hoping for Relief

Embattled oyster company heads to court hoping for stay on government’s decision to kill it

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company heads to court on Friday seeking a preliminary injunction against the secretary of the interior’s decision to terminate the company’s permit to operate on federal land.

An Unjust Oyster Ouster

Gov’t refuses to renew permits for oyster company, prompting lawsuit

A California oyster company is suing the Department of the Interior for failing to extend its permit for using federal lands, arguing that the government violated the law and its constitutional rights.

Chicago Fraud

Chicago Transit Authority misrepresented bus mileage, got millions in extra fed funds, watchdog says

Cause of Action (CoA), a government watchdog group, has accused the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) of defrauding the federal government of millions of dollars and the Obama administration of covering up the fraud.

The IRS’ FOIA Problem

UPDATE: IRS denies White House has asked for tax returns

Cause of Action filed a lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service Tueday over a Freedom of Information Act request. The government watchdog group filed suit after the IRS denied its request for the names of individuals whose tax returns the Obama White House has accessed.

More Accusations in Hatch Act Case

The government watchdog group that last week requested an investigation into two FAA employees for potential Hatch Act violations has discovered more potential violations of election laws by one of the individuals, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.