FOIA Advisor


Allan L. Blutstein is an attorney with more than 15 years of FOIA and information law experience.  After working for the Social Security Administration and the New York City Department of Health, Allan began a full-time FOIA career in 2004 with the Department of Justice’s Office of Information and Privacy. In 2009, shortly after the financial crisis began, Allan became the principal legal counsel for the FOIA staff of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Financial Stability.  In 2013, Allan left the government to join Cause of Action Institute, a public interest law firm.  He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of FOIA Operations at America Rising Corp, a pro-Republican research and communications firm in Arlington, Virginia.

Allan received his law degree in 1997 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to the Order of the Coif.  Allan is admitted to the New York and the District of Columbia bars.

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Ryan P.  Mulvey is an attorney at Cause of Action Institute, a public interest law firm in Washington, D.C.  Ryan's practice encompasses legal investigation and public oversight, as well as advocacy in the areas of administrative law and public access law. Before joining Cause of Action Institute in 2013, Ryan worked as a research assistant at the Heritage Foundation, where he helped publish the second revised edition of the Heritage Guide to the Constitution.  

Ryan received his law degree from Boston University in 2013, and he is admitted to the bars of New York and the District of Columbia.  While a law student, Ryan completed internships at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies and the Office of the General Counsel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.  He served as Executive Editor for Notes and Comments at the Review of Banking & Financial Law.  

While attending law school, Ryan concurrently earned a Master's degree in philosophy from Boston University.  He was graduated with an honors degree in history and political science from the University of San Diego.  

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Kevin Schmidt is a research and communications professional working in Washington D.C. Currently, he is the Director of Investigations for the government accountability organization Cause of Action Institute. He previously served as Director of Research for boutique public relations firm CounterPoint Strategies. Kevin is a frequent FOIA requester with 6 years of experience requesting public records from federal, state, and local governments. 

Kevin holds a BS in political science from Kennesaw State University and an MA in political science from the University of Georgia.

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