Newly launched in 2017, the Executive Conflicts & Ethics project works to shed light on Executive Branch financial entanglements and conflicts of interest. Working with investigative journalists and government watchdogs, the Clinic pursues FOIA litigation, unseals court records, and undertakes related research to bring greater transparency to the financial dealings of officials in the Executive Branch and federal regulatory agencies. The Clinic and its partners seek to expose financial ties, conflicts of interest, and other information vital to hold government officials accountable.
MFIA is working with an investigative journalist at the New York Times to pursue information concerning a 2011 settlement in a New Jersey bankruptcy case between the administration of then-Governor Chris Christie and Trump Casino Entertainment Resorts that brought the taxes Trump Casinos owed the state down from $30 million to $5 million. The Clinic is also considering requesting other casino-related regulatory filings.
MFIA represents Eric Lipton, an award-winning investigative reporter in The New York Times' D.C. Bureau, and The New York Times Company in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking the regular disclosure of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's detailed daily schedule in the agency's electronic "reading room." Administrator Pruitt's calendar is a critical tool for journalists like Lipton to keep track of who has the ear of the EPA head and to assess potential conflicts of interest.
MFIA represents Richard Behar, Contributing Editor of Investigations,Forbes magazine, in a FOIA request for Secret Service records listing visitors to Donald Trump and high-level campaign officials during the campaign and transition periods.