Category Archives: Political Communication

DoJ Ignores FOIA Requirements and Congressional Intent, Continues to Deny Fee Waivers to Bloggers

by Matthew L. Schafer The Department of Justice is refusing to follow its own interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) by declining to grant fee waiver requests to independent journalists and bloggers.  This comes despite Congress’s intent to … Continue reading

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Broken Promises: A Lack of Executive Branch Transparency in Obama’s First Term

by Matthew L. Schafer President Obama’s Administration has prosecuted more government whistleblowers than all other presidents combined and has subpoenaed nearly as many journalists as President Bush did during his first term.  Some also suggest that agencies under Obama have released … Continue reading

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You’ve Got Mail: D.C. Open Government Coalition Sues D.C. Council for Access to Government Emails

By Matthew L. Schafer On Tuesday, the D.C. Open Government Coalition filed a complaint against the D.C. Council, asking a local judge to order the Council to search for government emails in Councilmembers’ personal email accounts.  In its complaint, the … Continue reading

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