FOIA

GAO Sues University of Michigan Over Categorical Refusal to Process FOIA Requests

Government Accountability & Oversight filed a Michigan FOIA lawsuit against the Regents of the University of Michigan, for the Law School’s categorical refusal to even consider or process GAO’s open records requests seeking how the institution is being used to advance an activist litigation agenda. Background to that work, let’s just call it Plan C, a tax-and-spend “Climate Superfund,” is…

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Transparency Group Sues Biden White House Over “Climate Disinformation” Records

Government transparency group Energy Policy Advocates (EPA) filed suit on Thursday against the Biden White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy’s refusal to produce correspondence pertaining to one of an increasing number of initiatives to combat opposition to the administration’s political agenda as “disinformation.” Specifically, EPA argued: “The request sought certain described correspondence of two named officials, Eric Lander…

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Media, Biden Admin Team Up on “Race to the Bottom”

Documents produced by the Treasury Department in FOIA litigation with Energy Policy Advocates lay out the apparent manufacture of the Administration’s “race to the bottom” narrative deployed to support increasing the U.S. corporate income tax rate. These records bring to mind the White House’s recent behind-the-scenes enlistment of a helpful press corps to change the tone of reportage on economic…

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Recusal Watch: Who is Gina McCarthy Injecting into the Process to Advise Administration?

We already know of some loose compliance with disclosure and recusal matters in the Biden Administration, specifically pertaining to its push to impose the “climate” agenda without congressional authorization — expected to soon manifest itself in an Environmental Protection Agency filing before the DC Circuit next Friday, 10/29/21 in State of New York et al. v. EPA (in a major sue-and-settle…

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Facebook’s Climate Censors

Courtesy of Energy Policy Advocates, some public-institution correspondence with an entity seemingly dedicated to canceling Steven Koonin, Bjorn Lomborg, Michael Shellenberger and other climate realists:

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Curious Chronology re DoI Official’s Ethics Claims

“1001” Reasons Congress Needs More Information A timeline of events surrounding Elizabeth Klein’s appointment as Senior Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior sheds some light on the Department’s ethical lapses and raises even more questions. January 21, 2021  Elizabeth Klein, recent-former Deputy Director of the Michael Bloomberg group created to plant activist attorneys in state AG offices to, among…

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EPA Heavily Redacts Official’s Recusal Information

The Biden Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has released selected, often heavily redacted records pertaining to the conflicts and recusals for Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, and Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation (i.e., “climate”), Joe Goffman. The recusal statement is notable for what it does and does not include. As for the redactions, they appear to be heavy-handed given past…

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Supremely Good Timing

You likely have heard that the Supreme Court reached the right decision today in BP plc et al. v. City of Baltimore. That opinion concerns a mildly weedy procedural mater (whether the 4th Cir. erred in holding that it lacked the power to consider all of the defendants’ grounds for removal), but a critical one given the circumstances, and an opinion which should help in removing these cases to federal court where they…

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HAPPY ANNY, MOST CYNICAL EPA MEMO EVER

Timely milestone for one of the most cynical documents obtained during the Obama administration With the signs increasing that the Biden EPA plans to use National Ambient Air Quality Standards (“NAAQS”) to impose its climate agenda without the political peril of congressional votes, GAO wishes an infamous Obama-Biden memo a Happy, Very Timely Anniversary. This particular memo, titled “Strategic Communications…

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Dem AGs: Whoa, There on the Infrastructure Projects, Easy Does it on the Economic Recovery

As far back as June 2020 progressive AGs already banded together to make sure promiscuous claims of a so-called COVID “emergency” didn’t unleash projects that were actually “shovel ready”. Could lead to economic recovery. Shut down the economy in the name of a COVID emergency? How dare you question that. Spend trillions for the same reason? Absolutely. Suspend laws in…

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Climate Litigation Comms Coordination Caught-out II

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Climate Litigation Comms Coordination Caught-out

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“China’s Green Offensive”: GAO FOIA Suit Featured in Series

Capital Research Center has published a series by investigative journalist Kevin Mooney, “China’s Green Offensive”. This item, “China’s Green Offensive: The Obama State Department”, includes reference to an important suit brought under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on behalf of the Institute for Energy Research. Excerpts: Natural Resources Defense Council. In particular, Jack Schmidt, NRDC’s director of international…

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RELEASE: Court Denies Request to End State Dept. Stonewall on Documents Behind Obama Evasion of Senate “Advice & Consent” for “most ambitious climate agreement in history”

As Biden vows immediate re-entry into climate pact, State has stopped processing critical FOIA request; Plaintiff argued to Court that next 60 days present the sole opportunity for public to debate the question whether Paris was in fact legally “entered” by Obama/Biden’s Pen-and-a-Phone Strategy Court Nonetheless Urges State to Release Three Remaining Documents by October 15 WASHINGTON, D.C. – This…

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Pebble Mine & the Donor/Academy/Tort Bar Axis: EMail Exposes Faculty Coordination to Aid Donor Lobbying

The below image is from a recent document production in Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C. v. Board of Regents, an open records suit confronting UCLA Law School’s role in the advocacy industry, specifically through its Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment. It is an email thread among the Institute’s Andrew Sabin Chaired professor Cara Horowitz and Andrew Sabin,…

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GAO Files Second Lawsuit against Minnesota AG Ellison Over Refusal to Release Records re Bloomberg-Funded “Special Assistant AGs”, Tort Bar, Secrecy Pacts

Complaint reveals existence of AG efforts to contract away public’s rights under records act; agreement to share information with “climate” tort bar that also recruited OAG to file suit ST. PAUL, MN – For the second time in recent months, the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C. (GAO) filed suit against Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison under…

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GAO Files Lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Nessel Over Records Involving Secrecy Pacts, Relationships With Outside Activists & Tort Bar Recruiting AGs

AG caught unlawfully using fees as barrier to access public records; tripled demand after coordinating with other AG offices under ‘Get Out of FOIA Free’ pacts; suit asks for sanctions  LANSING, MI, May 28, 2020  – Yesterday, on behalf of the transparency group Energy Policy Advocates (“EPA”), the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C. (“GAO”) filed suit…

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Transparency Group Files SCOTUS Amicus Brief with Records Proving State “Climate” Lawsuit Is to Obtain “Sustainable Funding Stream”

Same two sets of notes from July Rockefeller-hosted meeting, confessing the revenue-raising motive, at were recently accepted by 1st Circuit over objection by plaintiff’s tort counsel WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2020 – The transparency group Energy Policy Advocates (“EPA”) today filed a Friend of the Court brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in BP P.L.C. et al.…

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Vermont Attorney General Sued to Compel Release of Improper Secrecy Pacts with other Attorneys General

AGO entered at least six contracts giving other states’ AGs veto power over Vermonters’ right to see Vermont public records, forcing requesters to sue; claims the pacts themselves are secret MONTPELIER, VT, April 27, 2020 – Today the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C. (GAO) filed suit against the Vermont Office of the Attorney General (AGO) under…

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Virginia Attorney General Sued to Compel Release of Improper Secrecy Pacts with other Attorneys General

AGO hiding at least four contracts giving other states’ AGs veto power over Virginians’ right to see Virginia public records, claiming the secrecy pacts themselves are secret CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA, April 29, 2020 – Today the public interest law firm Government Accountability & Oversight, P.C. (GAO) filed suit against the Virginia Office of the Attorney General (AGO) under Virginia’s Freedom of…

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