Rep. Piscopo Freedom of Information Act request

Matt Kasper filed this request with the State Representative John Piscopo of Connecticut.
Due Dec. 27, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Matt Kasper

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), I hereby request the following records:

a copy of all electronic communication sent and received between Rep. John Piscopo and representatives of the following entities:

-American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)
-Heartland Institute

The search for records may be limited to those sent and received between October 1, 2017 and the processing date of this request. Please exclude all press clips.

I also request that, if possible and pursuant to Conn. Gen. Stat. § 1-212(d), fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest and not made for commercial gain. The requested documents will be processed by a representative of the news media/press and made available to the public at MuckRock.com. The organization I work for, the Energy and Policy Institute, is also a clearinghouse of information and can qualify as a representative of the news media. There are several examples of public record requests that have been provided to my organization and that were then published on our website to inform the public.

The records relate to the recent news, reported on December 7, 2017, that Rep. John Piscopo, along with Bette Grande, a research fellow for The Heartland Institute, helped draft a resolution calling for a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2009 “Endangerment Finding.” But Rep. Piscopo and Grande later agreed to withdraw the resolution "after corporate members of ALEC, led by ExxonMobil and Edison Electric Institute (EEI), packed the meeting room with lobbyists and allies and indicated they would vote against the resolution." https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/heartland-institute-statement-on-alec-endangerment-finding-resolution

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 4 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Matt Kasper

From: State Representative John Piscopo

Hello,

This email is to serve as an acknowledgement that our office is in receipt of your Freedom of Information request to Representative Piscopo dated December 21, 2017. We will work on your request and get back to you with any relevant records.

Thank you,
Sarah Fryxell
Chief Legal Counsel
House Republican Office

From: State Representative John Piscopo

Thank you for the follow up on your Freedom of Information request. We will likely have any responsive records to you by the end of next week.

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