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FOIA News: A Florida Orthodontist’s FOIA-Fueled, Anti-Clinton Crusade

FOIA News (2015-16)Kevin SchmidtComment

A Florida Orthodontist’s FOIA-Fueled, Anti-Clinton Crusade

By Dune Lawrence, Bloomberg, Oct. 19, 2016

Larry Kawa’s afternoons are busy with school-aged patients; “your smile is the signature of our reputation,” reads the website for his Boca Raton practice. Mornings, he devotes time to his other work—digging up evidence of the ways he says Clinton and the Obama administration have undermined national security and flouted the law. He has tried to accomplish this through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which, like Kawa, turned 50 this year.

Kawa’s FOIA requests are part of a documentary trail that winds into and out of Clinton’s private e-mail server when she was secretary of state—the grass roots of an ongoing effort by conservative members of Congress and the conservative legal group Judicial Watch to vindicate their belief that Clinton broke the law and exposed national secrets.

Kawa does not support Trump in the race for president, but even as Clinton's lead has widened, he is still trying to expose what he calls a crisis in government accountability that transcends party lines.

“Americans deserve transparency, regardless of what side of the aisle you’re on," he says. "And if Hillary Clinton were a Republican, I wouldn’t feel any different.”

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