Obama Administration Flouts FOIA Law (Letter to the Editor)

Obama Administration Flouts FOIA Law (Letter to the Editor)

March 15, 2011
Originally published in The Washington Examiner

The Examiner was right to criticize the Obama administration for flouting the law by failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. The administration also discriminates in its responses to FOIA requests.

When liberal groups like the NAACP demand government documents, it typically responds within the 20-day legal deadline -- sometimes the very same day! But when conservative groups ask for documents, they have to wait months or even years. Sometimes, they never get a reply at all, much less any documents, as former Justice Department lawyer Christian Adams noted.

On May 28, 2010, I requested documents about the government's bailout of General Motors and its parroting of GM's false claim that it had paid back all the money it got from taxpayers. I never received any of those documents or any substantive response to my request.