Obama Holdovers in FEC Quickly Release Trump Attorney Emails to Liberal Group, Block Dem Records For YEARS
Liberal news outlet ‘Mother Jones’ waited only four months before the FEC gave it over 1,000 pages of a Republican’s emails. Conservative groups’ requests have been ignored for years, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group.
Records show the Federal Election Commission (FEC) reviewed more than 4,400 pages of emails related to a Freedom Information Act (FOIA) request filed by Andy Kroll, a reporter with the liberal news outlet Mother Jones. Kroll sought all emails Don McGahn sent between July 2008 through September 2013 while he was an FEC commissioner.
The FEC received Kroll’s request Jan. 30, 2017, and released more than 1,000 pages of McGahn’s emails in June. McGahn became White House counsel 10 days before the request was received.
Meanwhile, the FEC hasn’t released records related to 17 FOIA requests filed more than three years ago, many of which were submitted by conservative groups, including some seeking documents on taxpayer- and foreign-funded travel by Democratic commissioners.
The National Republican Lawyers Association, for example, filed the oldest outstanding request six years ago, seeking correspondence between the Democratic FEC commissioners and outside groups.
Cause of Action Institute filed a lawsuit against the FEC for records on Takala’s behalf on Aug. 23. Similarly, the Center for Public Integrity has sued the FECthree times in two years for failing to comply with FOIA requests.
Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch and Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ both routinely get stonewalled when they file FOIA requests. Not only does it take years to receive the documents they requested, it often takes multiple requests and lawsuits which takes up a lot of time and money and they are often heavily redacted.
This is reminiscent of the abuses that Tea Party groups endured under Obama’s IRS where they dragged out or denied requests to obtain a tax exempt status. Judicial Watch recently reported that a Satanic group received tax exempt status from the IRS within 10 days while Christians and other conservative groups have waited for years.
— Ethan Barton (@ethanrbarton) August 31, 2017