American Oversight (AO)




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Left-Wing Judicial Activist Group

Executive Director:

Austin Evers

American Oversight is a left-of-center 501(c)(3) judicial activist and litigation organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The group was involved in opposing the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018, and, along with the left-wing judicial activist group Fix the Court, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in July 2018 seeking documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House.[1] [2]

The group has been described by the left-of-center website Mother Jones as a “liberal advocacy group.”[3]



American Oversight’s leadership largely consists of attorneys, campaign staff from the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential campaign, former Obama administration officials, and left-wing activists.[4]

Austin Evers is executive director for AO and a former senior counsel to the Obama administration’s State Department.

Miranda Keating, AO’s investigations director, formerly served as a research director for the left-wing agitation group People for the American Way.

Melanie Sloan, an AO senior adviser, is a former congressional staffer. She previously worked for Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York), former Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware), and former Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan).

Ty Diringer, AO’s deputy director for outreach and operations, “most recently worked on the 2016 Hillary for America” presidential campaign.

Sarah Studley, AO’s investigative counsel, previously served as counsel and senior policy adviser to Michigan Senate Democrats.

Board of Directors

American Oversight’s board of directors includes Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society (a left-leaning group that has co-hosted events with FTC); Kyle Herrig, a director at the New Venture Fund, a major left-wing funder; and Kathleen Clark, an associate reporter for the American Law Institute.[5]


  1. Bolt, Allison. “Nonpartisan Watchdog Group Sues Two Government Agencies for Brett Kavanaugh’s Records.” Paste. July 12, 2018. Accessed October 10, 2018.
  2. Fix the Court v. U.S. Department of Justice (UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, July 10, 2018).
  3. Mencimer, Stephanie. “Judicial Watchdogs Are in Court to Make Brett Kavanaugh’s Entire Record Public.” Mother Jones. July 18, 2018. Accessed October 10, 2018.
  4. “About.” American Oversight. Accessed October 11, 2018.
  5. “Board.” American Oversight. Accessed October 11, 2018.

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Austin Evers
    Executive Director
  2. Kyle Herrig
    Board Member
  3. Melanie Sloan
    Senior Adviser
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: June 1, 2017

  • Available Filings

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    American Oversight (AO)

    1030 15TH ST NW SUITE B255
    WASHINGTON, DC 20005-1503