CEI Weekly: CEI FOIA Request Reveals Relationship Between Treasury Department and GM

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Friday, May 3, 2011


Feature: Auto bailout documents that CEI requested a year ago were finally released last week. 

FEATURED STORY: CEI FOIA Request Reveals Relationship Between Treasury Department and GM


In its now-infamous 2010 ad campaign, General Motors misleadingly claimed it had repaid all of its government loans. After the ads aired, CEI filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Treasury Department for documents pertaining to the ads. The Treasury stalled for nearly a year; but finally, last week, they released documents that demonstrate a close, coordinated partnership between GM and the Treasury on PR strategy. Read CEI's statement on the released documents here.






Not So Cool Rules

Wayne Crews' citation in The Wall Street Journal


Union Outrage

Vincent Vernuccio's interview on Fox Business


Official Time: Good Value for the Taxpayer? (Video / PDF)

Vincent Vernuccio's testimony before the House Oversight Committee


Use of "Official Time" for Union Activity is Scrutinized

Vincent Vernuccio's citation in The Washington Post


CEI Replies to Consumers United For Rail Equity

Marc Scribner's comments before the Surface Transportation Board


Unsportsmanlike Conduct on the NFL Players Union

Iain Murray's op-ed in The Washington Examiner


Green Won't Glow if Germany Shuts Down Nukes

Chris Horner's citation in The Orange County Register


Michigan Target of EPA Carbon Diktat

Chris Horner's citation in The Detroit News


Washington Declares War on Debit Cards

John Berlau's citation in Scripps Howard News Service


Most Back Higher Fuel Efficiency Standards

Marlo Lewis' citation in The Toledo Blade


Real Beneficiaries of the Stimulus

Hans Bader's letter to the editor in The Washington Times








May 31, 2011: FDA Rescinds Approval of Breast Cancer Drug


Senior Fellow Greg Conko breaks down the fight over Avastin, a drug used to treat several types of cancer. The FDA is poised to rescind Avastin’s approval for treating breast cancer. It will retain its approval for other cancers. This will make life difficult, and possibly shorter, for some breast cancer patients. Conko believes this battle boils down to one question: who decides which treatments patients can use? Will it be the FDA, or doctors and patients?