The Obama administration – in its final year – spent an eye-popping amount of American taxpayer funds, all in an effort to shield Freedom of Information Request documents from the press.
The former POTUS spent a record-setting $36 Million on legal fees defending its refusal to turn over federal records according to an Associated Press analysis. The new data also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
According to Washington Times:
For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.
And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.
The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.
In courtrooms, the number of lawsuits filed by news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act surged during the past four years, led by the New York Times, Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press, according to a litigation study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
A spokesman for the Obama administration did not return a call for comment. Ah, more of the same “transparency” that Barack Obama promised to deliver to the American people.