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GAO’s work to examine the deployment of federal programs and agencies toward political ends—and how it comes about—has come across what seems to be yet another example of agency capture. Whenever an initiative quashed by a previous administration gets revived once those who killed it are no longer around to supervise, it warrants transparency. Ditto…
Readers may recall the March 17, 2021 WSJ editorial nicely summarizing a February 2021 amicus brief filed on behalf of Energy Policy Advocates in State of New York v. EPA. That is the progressive AGs’ effort to orchestrate a sue-and-settle to impose stronger ozone standards as a means of forcing GHG reductions. (It is fair to view that move as the Patient…
Those who follow GAO’s work will recognize the themes set forth in this letter, sent today by House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and Ranking Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz and first reported here. While addressed to a law firm engaged by numerous progressive elected officials—to which these politicians promised so many millions…
InsideEPA reports on some For Us, By Us nuttery representing the Left’s “some are more equal than others” view of the public seeking equal rights to access public records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). As this email obtained in GAO v. Regents affirms, it is also precisely the brand of crackpottery an…
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At the beginning of 2018, after several successful years pursuing transparency among activist public servants, including office holders, academics and even law enforcement, experienced attorneys from the litigation, prosecutorial and classical liberal think tank worlds joined together to create the non-profit public interest group Government Accountability & Oversight.
GAO pursues and supports litigation that seeks to ensure that governmental entities at state, local, and federal levels comply with their sunshine and transparency obligations under open records acts. Institutions suffer from capture – including, increasingly, the public’s academic institutions, enlisted by donors and ideologues as weapons in legal, political and policy battles, almost universally on one side of the ideological divide. As New York University professor Jonathan Haidt argues, academia cannot be devoted to the search for truth if it also has a political agenda.
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Famed trial lawyer and former legal analyst for CBS News, as well as twenty-year radio host on Indianapolis’s WIBC (where he replaced longtime friend Mike Pence), Garrison is best known as the prosecutor who convicted boxer Mike Tyson. Garrison spent years as a special prosecutor in Indiana for major drug and other high-priority cases. He has authored several books, and practices as a partner in the Garrison Law Firm, LLC.
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Matt Hardin spent over three years litigating what proved to be highly significant open records cases in the New York and Vermont state courts, eliciting damning privilege logs, admissions by defense counsel in court, and of course key public records now housed in GAO’s Climate Litigation Watch documentary trove. After two years serving as chief prosecutor for a rural Virginia County, Hardin returned to transparency litigation in January 2020. He now serves as Counsel for GAO, handling cases from coast to coast in both state and federal courts.
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Joe Thomas brings to Government Accountability & Oversight his background as a longtime good-government advocate and student of our Nation’s founding and history. A native New Yorker and broadcaster for over thirty-five years, Mr. Thomas is a popular weekday radio host in Virginia as well as host of a weekend statewide show, Freedom & Prosperity Radio. Mr. Thomas also created and hosted a weekly show dedicated to constitutional issues. On these and other platforms Thomas conveys his understanding of and passion for our system of governance, from its founding through its practice today. Mr. Thomas also has spent years addressing the importance of these issues through an active schedule of civic engagement.