Unedited ACORN Videotapes

Matthew Phelan filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - California of California.
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From: Matthew Phelan

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6250), I hereby request the following records:

I request a copy of the unedited videotapes James O'Keefe made at ACORN offices in California and in all other states be provided to me.

My associate Liz Farkas has requested copies of the videotapes from the California Attorney General's press office via e-mail on three separate occasions on January 18, January 27, and February 7, 2017 respectively as per the following statement from a press release published on April 1, 2010, "Brown Releases Report Detailing a Litany of Problems with ACORN, But No Criminality": "The unedited O’Keefe videotapes from California are available on the Attorney General’s website at http://ag.ca.gov/newsalerts/multimedia/index.php. Tapes from other states are available on request." However, the videotapes are no longer available online at the given URL. Ms. Farkas also spoke with a representative at the press office over the phone on January 26. None of the written or verbal requests have received a response by Ms. Farkas.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Matthew Phelan

From: Office of the Attorney General - California

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From: Matthew Phelan

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 9, 2017. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act (California Government Code §§ 6253c):
"Each agency, upon a request for a copy of records, shall, within 10 days from receipt of the
request, determine whether the request, in whole or in part, seeks copies of disclosable public
records in the possession of the agency and shall promptly notify the person making the request
of the determination and the reasons therefor. In unusual circumstances, the time limit
prescribed in this section may be extended by written notice by the head of the agency or his or
her designee to the person making the request, setting forth the reasons for the extension and the
date on which a determination is expected to be dispatched. No notice shall specify a date that
would result in an extension for more than 14 days. When the agency dispatches the
determination, and if the agency determines that the request seeks disclosable public records, the
agency shall state the estimated date and time when the records will be made available."

It has been over 14 days since the request has been made. I have not received a written extension with reasons. Please provide a written extension or determination regarding the original record request.

From: California DOJ

The attached materials were sent by the agency and are now being attached to this request. (BCDL)