Here at SSOR, we work hard not to be topical. Still, we did hear the tale some weeks ago of how Joe the Plumber was subject to database searches by Ohio government employees that might have been illegal.
Both presidential campaigns called for an investigation and alongside the ongoing government investigation, several Ohio newspapers are using their friend the Ohio Open Records Law to assess the character of some assertions made when the story broke.
What the Columbus Dispatch says as a result of filing an Ohio FOIA is:
“The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has no records to support the assertion of its now-suspended director that computer checks often are run on people ‘thrust quickly into the public spotlight.'”