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The full text of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Freedom of Information Act. The section outlining the 20-day timeframe in which the government must respond is in the right-hand column of page 3.
The photo of Lyndon Johnson used in the episode is not from the signing of the Freedom of Information Act. Johnson was somewhat reluctant to sign the bill, and somewhat ironically he signed the Freedom of Information Act in private. The photo in the episode shows LBJ signing a college financial aid bill in 1963.
The Bloomberg News article on 19 out of 20 Obama administration departments failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.
The statistic on the number of FOIA lawsuits filed by year comes from The FOIA Project. Select “all” for both the Organization and Suborganization columns to get the statistic cited in the show.
Judicial Watch took the Bush administration to the Supreme Court over a failure to disclose information about lobbyists working on a White House energy task force.
The statistic about the Department of Justice being involved in more than 1,000 FOIA lawsuits comes from The FOIA Project. Select “Department of Justice” in the Organization column to get the statistic cited in the show.
The September 2013 Judicial Watch report on the Benghazi attack.
The lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the Department of Justice seeking the release of photos from Benghazi.
The photos of the site of the Benghazi attack obtained by Judicial Watch through a FOIA request.
The State Department response to a FOIA about Benghazi shown in the episode. The letter to Judicial Watch is page 1. The Blue Mountain Group document shown in the episode is page 94. There is another invoice from The Blue Mountain Group on page 111. The document showing the value of the contract is page 4.
Victoria Nuland’s statement about never hiring private security in Benghazi came in her September 14, 2012 press briefing. The State Department posted a transcript online, but did not post a video of that briefing.
The letter from the Navy and the map of Navy assets near Benghazi at the time of the attack are posted on the Judicial Watch website.
The emails between Lois Lerner and the Federal Election Commission are posted on the Judicial Watch website. The emails shown during the episode are on pages 1 and 8.
The IRS regulation on disclosing taxpayer information to other government agencies comes from section 188.8.131.52.2 of this IRS Manual. “SBU” is an acronym for “sensitive but unclassified,” which includes tax information.
The Judicial Watch press release on its opposition to the proposed changes to 501(c)4 regulations by the IRS.
The House Ways and Means Committee posted additional IRS emails that exposed that in February 2010 the Tea Party cases were flagged because of “media attention” and not questions about their 501(c)4 qualifications. Prior to that, they had been approved within three months with no input from Washington: Emails from House Ways and Means Committee
Rep. Dave Camp, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, recently said that the IRS has still not turned over “thousands of documents from Lois Lerner” that the committee had requested.
This 2010 video shows Lerner speaking at Duke University about the pressure being put on the IRS to curtail political spending. “So everybody is screaming at us right now, ‘Fix it now before the election! Can’t you see how much these people are spending?’”
The Ways and Means Committee also released emails from Lerner saying, “Tea Party Matter very dangerous” and tying it to possible future court cases about Citizens United.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Section 8 of the law, requiring states to remove ineligible voters from the rolls, starts on page 6.
The 2012 Election Integrity Project from Judicial Watch. That page includes links to the letters sent to Indiana and Florida that were mentioned in the episode. Also shown was the lawsuit against Ohio.
The Department of Justice lawsuit to stop the cleaning up of Florida’s voter rolls: 2012 DOJ sues Florida
Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter demanding information from True The Vote after the group challenged voter registrations: Cummings’ letter to True The Vote