Government Accountability Institute

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Government Accountability Institute
File:Government Accountability Institute logo.png
Founded 2012[1]
Location
Area served
United States
Key people
Peter Schweizer
Stephen Bannon
Revenue
$1.7 million (2014)[2]
Mission "To investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance."
Website www.g-a-i.org

The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) is a conservative nonprofit investigative research organization located in Tallahassee, Florida.[3][4] GAI was founded in 2012.[5] Peter Schweizer serves as the group's president.[6] The group is known for its involvement with the publication of the investigative books Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich and Bush Bucks: How Public Service and Corporations Helped Make Jeb Rich.[1]

Overview

The stated mission of GAI is to "investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance."[7] According to Bloomberg Businessweek, GAI creates "rigorous, fact-based indictments against major politicians, then partners with mainstream media outlets conservatives typically despise to disseminate those findings to the broadest audience."[1] Members of GAI's board of directors include Stephen Bannon, Owen Smith, Ron Robinson, and Hunter Lewis.[8]

GAI's research methods include analyzing tax filings, flight logs, and foreign government documents as well as engaging in data-mining on the Deep Web, which includes the 97% of information on the World Wide Web that isn't indexed by traditional search engines.[1]

Activities

The organization has most notably been involved with the research and publication of investigative books including Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich and Bush Bucks: How Public Service and Corporations Helped Make Jeb Rich.[1]

Clinton Cash, published in May 2015, is an investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities, paid speeches made by Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the Clintons' personal enrichment since leaving the White House in 2001.[9]

Bush Bucks, an e-book published in October 2015, raises questions about the millions of dollars former Florida Governor Jeb Bush earned after leaving office from companies that benefited from Bush's policy while he was serving as Florida's Governor.[10][11]

In October 2012, GAI released a report which said that the Obama campaign had been illegally soliciting foreign donations.[12][13] In December 2013, a GAI analysis found that from July 12, 2010, to November 30, 2013, President Obama's public schedule showed zero one-on-one meetings between Obama and then-Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.[14] In July 2014, GAI reported that $1 billion worth of school lunches is thrown away each year.[15]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Green, Joshua (October 8, 2015). "This Man Is the Most Dangerous Political Operative in America". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 8 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "2014 Form 990" (PDF). GuideStar. Retrieved 22 April 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Thiessen, Marc (September 10, 2012). "Marc Thiessen: Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Nader, Ralph (2014). Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. Nation Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Thiessen, Marc (September 10, 2012). "Marc Thiessen: Why is Obama skipping more than half of his daily intelligence meetings?". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "CNN Report on "Legalized Extortion": Politics, Money and Influence". Real Clear Politics. January 22, 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Mission". Government Accountability Institute. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "About". Government Accountability Institute. Retrieved 17 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Sullivan, Margaret (April 23, 2015). "An 'Exclusive' Arrangement on a Clinton Book, and Many Questions". New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Bender, Michael C. (October 20, 2015). "New Peter Schweizer E-Book Questions Jeb Bush's Earnings". Bloomberg Politics. Retrieved 16 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Report Traces Jeb Bush's Ties to Companies That Had Business With Florida". New York Times. October 21, 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Boyle, Matthew (October 8, 2012). "Claim: Obama campaign illegally solicited foreign donors via social media website". Daily Caller. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Dwyer, Devin (October 9, 2012). "Group Warns of Foreign, Fraudulent Donors to Obama Campaign". ABC News. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Schweizer, Peter (December 5, 2013). "When Barry Met Kathy". Politico. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Blad, Evie (July 21, 2014). "Are Healthier School Lunches Winning Over Students?". Education Week. Retrieved 24 July 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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