The Associated Press and other newspapers in Ohio are reporting that a summer 2007 intern for the Ohio GOP:
…submitted requests this summer for hundreds of thousands of pages of state documents, which Democratic state officeholders say are hampering their ability to respond to other matters.
The requests were submitted to four statewide officials–all of them members of the Democratic Party: Governor Ted Strickland, Attorney General Marc Dann, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Treasurer Richard Cordray.
Cordray provided the documents within ten days for no charge. The other state officials are in complete meltdown over the request and so is The Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose editorial board is full of contempt and disdain toward the GOP and its summer intern.
According to their editorial, the open records request will “gum up the workings of Ohio government” and “Drive up expenses of Ohio government”.
Where have we heard that before? The last time I heard it is when an association of cities, counties and school districts in Pennsylvania became angered by an open records contest sponsored in part by the Pennsylvania news association.
…The auditors don’t identify themselves as working for a news organization unless they are specifically asked for identification.
It’s hypocritical to sponsor a FOIA audit–involving anonymity on the part of the requestor, and a request for documents just to see what will happen–and then to turn around and criticize political operatives for doing the same thing.
According to this link, in 2001, the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a lengthy series called “The People’s Records”, which concluded that “public records requests met with success only half of the time” and provided “inspiring profiles of in-the-trenches activists who fought for and won the public’s right to view Ohio government records.
But that was in 2001, and now that Ted Strickland has joined the ranks of governors who don’t want to hand over their e-mail, the Cleveland Plain Dealer–who endorsed Strickland for this office–is mad at…the intern?