Commerce Department

Department of Cronyism: Inside Deals, Conflicts of Interest, and Chinese Connections

The latest investigative report from the Government Accountability Institute is a deep dive into the Commerce Department — it is a confluence of streams of money that fill a swamp of corruption and cronyism for insiders. The US Department of Commerce seldom grabs headlines or is the subject of stern congressionalrebukes. It does not find

Hat Trick: Peter Schweizer’s ‘Red-Handed’ Officially #1 on NYT Bestseller List

Just one week after its release, Peter Schweizer’s Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win is sitting at the top of the New York Times bestseller list —a hat trick for Schweizer, whose previous titles ‘Profiles in Corruption’ and ‘Secret Empires’ also achieved #1 status. Schweizer says this investigation was the “scariest” of his long,

Green Fog

Green Fog: The Coming Climate Change Bond Crisis

Recently updated on April 7th, 2022 at 04:53 pmThe Government Accountability Institute undertook a yearlong study of 40 major cities to find out if mayors’ apocalyptic projections about climate risks are factored into the interest rates on the municipal bonds their cities issue. We published this report as “Green Fog: The Coming Climate Change Bond

EBT Fraud

Exclusive: New GAI Report on EBT Program’s Link To Terrorism and Fraud

Recently updated on April 7th, 2022 at 05:37 pmThroughout the Great Recession, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program enrollment skyrocketed— and for good reason. Millions of Americans were unemployed, state and local governments were cutting public services, and vulnerable citizens needed help meeting basic needs, such as the ability to adequately feed their families. SNAP, also known

Wilbur Ross

GAI Exclusive Report: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Conflicts of Interest

Recently updated on April 7th, 2022 at 05:53 pmCommerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was allowed by ethics officials to maintain investments and other ties to a group of shipping firms. Many of the these firms’ clients specialize in industries greatly impacted by the Commerce Department’s policies, particularly the implementation of tariffs still to be negotiated largely

America the Vulnerable

America The Vulnerable: The Problem of Duplicate Voting

Recently updated on April 7th, 2022 at 06:05 pmGAI obtained voter roll data from 21 states, amounting to 17 percent of all possible state-to-state combinations. Despite significant data acquisition obstacles and an extremely conservative matching approach that sought only to identify two votes cast in the same legal name, GAI found 8,471 highly likely duplicate

America the Vulnerable: Are Foreign and Fraudulent Online Contributions Influencing U.S. Elections? Taking Another Look.

Recently updated on April 7th, 2022 at 06:23 pmThe Government Accountability Institute published a new report entitled “America the Vulnerable: Are Foreign and Fraudulent Online Contributions Influencing U.S. Elections? Taking Another Look.” GAI’s report finds that while 91% of Republicans with active donate pages require the Card Verification Value (CVV) on their websites, fewer than

Follow The Money: How the Department of Justice funds progressive non-profits

Recently updated on April 7th, 2022 at 06:13 pmA new investigation by the Government Accountability Institute details the flow of funds from consent decree settlements overseen by the Department of Justice into progressive non-profits engaged in political activity. GAI published its findings in a report entitled, “Follow The Money: How The Department of Justice Funds