FOIA Litigation Reveals Department of Defense Spent $138,093 at Mar-a-Lago and Trump Businesses

FOIA Litigation Reveals Department of Defense Spent $138,093 at Mar-a-Lago and Trump Businesses

Washington, DC — A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit from the transparency organization Property of The People has produced receipts and other documents revealing Department of Defense (DoD) expenditures at Mar-a-Lago and twelve Trump properties during the President’s first six months in office.  The expenses, each made with DoD charge cards, raise serious questions […]

FOIA Litigation Reveals U.S. General Services Administration Expenditures at Trump Businesses

FOIA Litigation Reveals U.S. General Services Administration Expenditures at Trump Businesses

As court arguments in the District of Columbia and Maryland litigate whether patronage by state governments and foreign countries at The Trump International Hotel in DC violates the US Constitution, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit from the transparency organization Property of The People has now produced receipts revealing expenditures at the Trump International […]

Property of the People sues FBI for documents on previously unknown cyber-enabled surveillance platform named “Gravestone”

Property of the People sues FBI for documents on previously unknown cyber-enabled surveillance platform named “Gravestone”

Property of the People has just filed a lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the Bureau’s failure to comply with the group’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records on the FBI’s cyber-enabled surveillance platform named “Gravestone”. Very little is publicly known about Gravestone. In late 2016, Property of the People located […]

Election Integrity Committee Member Christy McCormick Serves In Violation of Law

Election Integrity Committee Member Christy McCormick Serves In Violation of Law

On Monday, December 11, 2017, Property of the People mailed a letter to the General Services Administration’s Committee Management Secretariat asking that Christy McCormick be terminated from the President’s Advisory Committee on Election Integrity. 52 U.S.C. § 20923(d)(2), which governs the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, explicitly states that “[n]o member appointed to the Commission under […]

Property of the People Forensically Reconstructs Trump’s Undisclosed White House Visitor Logs

Property of the People Forensically Reconstructs Trump’s Undisclosed White House Visitor Logs

Partnership with ProPublica Makes 8,807 Meeting Records from the Executive Office of the President Searchable Online Access the Searchable Records HERE  |  Download the Raw Data HERE   Washington, DC — Property of the People, in partnership with ProPublica, published a searchable online database of 8,807 records today comprising meeting logs and calendar entries for five […]

President Xi Jinping’s visit to Mar-a-Lago

President Xi Jinping’s visit to Mar-a-Lago

On April 6 and 7, 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with President Trump at the Mar-a-Lago Club. Accounts of the meeting were fairly positive, but there is likely much more brewing beneath the surface of these celebratory reports (and tweets). On June 9, 2017, Property of the People requested documents from the Department of […]

Eric Trump’s Nepotistic Self-Dealing

Eric Trump’s Nepotistic Self-Dealing

Self-dealing and misleading donors violate federal tax laws intended to ensure the ethical functioning of charities. When New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman decided to probe the Eric Trump Foundation regarding possible violations of tax laws against self dealing this past summer, Property of the People pursued the issue further by filing a Freedom of […]

Property of the People exposes Donald Trump’s violation of Constitution’s Anti-Bribery Clause, calls on Department of Justice to Investigate

Property of the People exposes Donald Trump’s violation of Constitution’s Anti-Bribery Clause, calls on Department of Justice to Investigate

As reported in the Washington Post, new FOIA-obtained documents show the White House National Security Council (NSC) paid over $1,000 for an unidentified guest to stay two nights at Donald Trump’s luxury resort Mar-a-Lago. This payment, made with a U.S. government charge card, constitutes the first documented violation by President Trump of the Constitution’s Domestic Emoluments […]

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