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January 3, 2017

By Lydia Dennett

Following Public Backlash House Members Drop Amendment to Gut Ethics Office



US Capitol in the evening in black and white Following public outcry and criticism from groups like POGO, the House reversed a previous decision to significantly weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics. Unfortunately the new rules for the 115th Congress did not include reforms t

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

September 8, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Justice Dept. Watchdog Confirms “Unacceptable” FARA Compliance



A shot of various foreign banknotes and coins The Department of Justice Inspector General released an audit on enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) yesterday which echoed findings of lax compliance and enforcement of the law detailed in a 2014 POGO report.

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Topics: Government Accountability

August 19, 2016

By Lydia Dennett

Foreign Influence Becomes Hot Issue on US Campaign Trail



Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Controversy over former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s ties to Russia, Ukraine, and DC lobbyists highlights problems with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign is dogged by questions about relationships

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Topics: Open Government, National Security

December 18, 2014

By Andre Francisco

Infographic: Meet the Foreign Influence Database



Meet the Foreign Influence Database Learn more about what's inside POGO's new Foreign Influence Database with this helpful infographic.

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Topics: National Security

December 16, 2014

By Lydia Dennett

Oversight of Foreign Lobbying Suffers From Neglect, Indifference and Lack of Transparency



FARA Report A federal law meant to track U.S. political activity by foreign interests suffers from lax enforcement, shoddy record keeping, glaring loopholes and in many cases outright disregard by the firms hired to lobby on behalf of foreign entities, according to a report published today by POGO.

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Topics: National Security

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