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FOIA News: Clinton campaign wanted to subject Congress to FOIA

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Leaked Clinton Email Shows Campaign Wanted All Lawmakers To Make Their Emails Public

Shockingly, nobody seems to have taken her up on this idea.

By Jessica Schulberg, Huffington Post, Oct. 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s campaign team once considering trying to recruit an ally on Capitol Hill to introduce a bill that would end the Freedom of Information Act exemption that applies to members of Congress.

The ideal candidate, senior spokesman Jesse Ferguson suggested in a March 2015 email conversation released by Wikileaks on Monday, would be a person in the House of Representatives who is “either an HRC advocate OR someone who wants to make a name for themselves on good government/transparency (and doesn’t mind pissing some people off).”

They couldn’t find a member of the House who had pushed such legislation in the past. It’s unclear if they ever directly asked a member to introduce the bill. The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to request for comment, but it appears that if they did make the ask, they were unable to find a member who was willing to make a public push to end FOIA exemptions for lawmakers.

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