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August 4, 2017

Nonprofits seeking public information at record rates
By Emmanuel Martinez

Advocacy groups are filing more lawsuits against the federal government for access to public records than ever before, according to a report released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a federal information research center based at Syracuse University. According to the clearinghouse’s analysis, nonprofits and advocacy groups filed more than 200 FOIA lawsuits as of April 2017 — the most in a 12-month period since the center started tracking in 2001. Lawsuits filed by nonprofits now account for about 40 percent of all FOIA lawsuits. During the first year of the George W. Bush Administration, these organizations accounted for only 47 lawsuits. Since then, the numbers have steadily increased, the analysis showed.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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