• Census Bureau can "neither confirm nor deny" that it shared info with other agencies

    In response to a recent Freedom of Information Act request seeking information on potential abuse of Census records, the FOIA officer sent a letter saying "[t]he U.S. Census Bureau neither confirms nor denies the existence of any records responsive to your request." This makes Census Bureau just the latest in a string of unlikely agencies to handing out the infamous GLOMAR exemption.

  • @MA_Senate's #PublicRecords reform debate

    After months of hearings, editorials, and one very chilly rally on the State House, yesterday the long-awaited ‪Massachusetts‬ ‪Public Records‬ Reform bill passed the Senate with unanimous support. MuckRock's Beryl Lipton was there, and she live-tweeted the whole thing, withdrawn measures and all.

  • "Yank it!" Law and Order: SVU FCC Complaints

    For 17 seasons, Dick Wolf and co. have captivated the nation with their sexual violence specialized Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, featuring stories of New York City’s elite squad investigate these "especially heinous" crimes. Considering the subject matter, it should come as no surprise that FCC complaints show viewers had a problem with SVU's ... mild swears and racy commercials?

Featured projects

  • The Private Prison Project

    Over the past year, our FOIA requests have released thousands of documents that show how for-profit prisons have leveraged the legal system to their advantage, letting companies pick-and-choose inmates to off-load costs, ignore complaints and concerns, and create dangerous conditions for prisoners and staff alike.

    This is all done while billions of taxpayer dollars are funneled into these private companies, which then pour millions into politicians' campaigns to keep their growth going.

    With your help, we can provide needed scrutiny of an industry few are even aware exists.

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  • Subjects Matter: FBI Files

    From Abbie Hoffman to Malcolm X, Ol' Dirty Bastard to the Insane Clown Posse, FBI files read like a veritable Who's Who of the 20th Century.

    This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of agency archival material we've managed to get released, so we can better understand why the Bureau had an eye on these people - and though that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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  • Blank Check: How local police fund themselves with fines and fees

    For almost every city around America, fines and fees are a useful law enforcement tool, offering a way to punish everyday infractions without the immediate threat of jail or a permanent mark on a criminal record.

    But what happens when governments stop thinking of fines as a deterrent, but as a crucial source of funding? How does it change policing when the goal is neither to serve and protect, but to ensure that the budget doesn't take a hit?

    The Sunlight Foundation and MuckRock are partnering to find out.

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  • Must-Seethe TV: FCC Complaints

    Everybody's a critic. And now, thanks to the FCC's easy online complaint submission form, it's never been easier to direct those criticisms to the people that need to hear it most - the United States Federal government.

    This project aims to collect all the FCC complaints generated by the most critically-acclaimed programs on cable and network television ... as well as plenty of those less critically-acclaimed guilty pleasures at you still don't want to see cancelled any time soon.

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"Project White House"

Dave Maass sent this request to the Secretary of State of Arizona

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