FOIA Articles


State Dept. Stonewalls on Releasing Info on McAuliffe Favoritism

9:28 AM, Mar 25, 2015

Almost two years ago, Tim Miller, the then executive director of the America Rising PAC, authored a letter to look into possible favoritism from Hillary Clinton's State Department epartment to longtime Clinton associate Terry McAuliffe. The letter, addressed to the State Department, was acknowledged as having been received, but none of the information requested has ever been handed over.

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Carville: I 'Suspect' Hillary Used Private Email to Avoid Congressional Oversight

9:23 AM, Mar 15, 2015

James Carville, a former aide to Bill Clinton and a longtime defender of the Clintons, offered an explanation on ABC's This Week as to why Hillary Clinton might have used a private email account: to avoid congressional oversight.

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Washington's FOIA Denials Up 33 Percent

9:01 AM, Jul 24, 2014

Each year the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires all federal agencies and departments to file reports detailing FOIA requests submitted by the public. Each report contains statistics on requests submitted, processed, granted (full or partial), and denied, in addition to current backlogged requests. The Justice Department then compiles a summary of the information provided by the other governmental units.

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Protection Racket

Jun 02, 2014

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to protect Americans from predatory practices by financial institutions. That sounds like a noble goal, but asking a federal agency to police irresponsibility has almost always been a bad idea in practice. The CFPB has yet to defy our low expectations.

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Homeland Only Fully Approves 10% of Freedom of Information Requests

FOIA staff of 400; costs over $38 million.
3:32 PM, Feb 05, 2013

According to an annual report for 2012 just released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DHS processed a total of 205,895 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests during the year. The report, presented by Acting Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer Jonathan R. Cantor, shows that DHS reduced the backlog of such requests by 30 percent during the year. However, a deeper look at the numbers reveals that the agency only fully granted just over 10 percent of FOIA requests that were processed.  

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White House Hit with FOIA Lawsuit Over Obamacare Waivers

10:30 AM, Mar 23, 2011

Crossroads GPS, the policy arm of Karl Rove's American Crossroads PAC, just dropped a lawsuit on the Obama administration:

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