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January 4, 2021

Here Are The Biggest Secrets We Pried From The Government In 2020
By Jason Leopold and Christopher Hickman


A new analysis shows that BuzzFeed News led the way in the fight for public records during the tumultuous years of the Trump administration. Since Donald Trump's first day in office, our newsroom has filed more lawsuits based on the Freedom of Information Act 58 cases than any other news organization in the United States, according to a forthcoming report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a data research organization out of Syracuse University, which analyzed 20 years of federal public records lawsuits by news organizations and reporters. The report also identified one of the authors of this article, Jason Leopold, as "the most active individual FOIA litigator in the United States today" with 69 lawsuits filed against the federal government since 2012. Among the other news organizations cited for aggressive actions in court were the New York Times and the Center for Public Integrity.


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