Gov. Jeb Bush emails

Sam Biddle filed this request with the Florida Department of State of Florida.
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Communications

From: Sam Biddle

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Florida's Sunshine Law (Fla. Stat. secs. 119.01 to 119.15 (1995)), I hereby request the following records:

I am seeking every email sent and received from Gov. Jeb Bush's official, state provided email account, for the duration of his term as governor of Florida. I am specifically seeking records from his official email account, not his personal account (jeb@jeb.org). Gov. Bush has indicated a desire to release all of his email correspondence from his administration “in the spirit of transparency" so that citizens could "make up [their] own mind[s]” about his tenure; this announcement should be taken as a waiver of his privacy interests under Florida's sunshine laws/the FOIA.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Sam Biddle

From: Scott Open Government

Governor Rick Scott's Office of Open Government
Dear Citizen,
Thank you for contacting the Governor's Office of Open Government in
Florida. The Office of Open Government receives a high volume of
correspondence. Please know that we are making every effort to respond
to your inquiry or are routing your email to the most appropriate
division or agency. If you are currently in need of assistance from the
Governor's Office with a constituent issue unrelated to public records,
please contact the Office of Citizen Services HERE
<http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/> . If you
are in need of records from a specific State Agency please see a list of
contacts HERE <http://www.flgov.com/open-government-contacts-by-agency/>
. If you are making a public records request, we will provide an
estimate if any costs will be associated with processing your request,
prior to incurring any expense on your behalf. Please review the Cost
Recovery Policy for the Executive Office of the Governor HERE
<http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/2011.7.19-Memorandum-re
-Cost-Recovery-Policy.pdf> . If you have any questions or concerns,
contact the Office of Open Government at: (850) 921-6099.
Sincerely,
The Office of Open Government

From: Scott Open Government

Good Morning Mr. Biddle,

The Governor’s Office of Open Government received your request for records, a copy of which is below for your reference. However, the Governor’s office is not the custodian of these records. We recommend that you contact the Department of State directly as they are the appropriate entity to address your request. Their contact information can be found below. Thank you for contacting the Governor's Office of Open Government.

Department of State

Mark Ard, Market Communications Director

(850) 245-6529

Mark.Ard@dos.myflorida.com <mailto:Mark.Ard@dos.myflorida.com>

Sincerely,

Jessica Makowski

Office of Open Government

Executive Office of Governor Rick Scott

PL-04 The Capitol

Tallahassee, FL 32399

(850) 717-9248

From: MuckRock

Hello,

This public records request is being forwarded to your office for processing. Confirmation of receipt and an estimated date of completion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

From: Ard, Mark

Thank you for your request. We will be in touch.

From: Ard, Mark

Thank you for your request. We will be in touch.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Beatrice, Meredith M.

Dear Mr. Biddle,

We are actively working to fulfill your request. Please understand that a request this voluminous requires longer than normal processing and review.

We do not currently have an estimated date of completion but will keep you updated as to the status of your request.

Thank you for your patience.

Sincerely,
Meredith Beatrice

Meredith M. Beatrice
Director of Communications
Florida Department of State
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
850.245.6522 (Direct)
850.245.6125 (Fax)
850.528.8992 (Cell)
Meredith.Beatrice@dos.myflorida.com<mailto:Meredith.Beatrice@dos.myflorida.com>

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Feb. 11, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thanks for your help, and let me know if further clarification is needed.

From: Beatrice, Meredith M.

Dear Sam:

Previously you requested some or all of the State Archives of Florida's Governor Jeb Bush email collection along with records that may be contained in those emails. I am pleased to share with you that the Florida Department of State has completed its review of the Year 1999 series of those emails (for both jeb@jeb.org<mailto:jeb@jeb.org> and jeb@myflorida.com<mailto:jeb@myflorida.com>).

Please confirm if you would like to receive Year 1999 on a flash drive provided by the Department. The flash drive allows you the capability to search within the files by keywords and phrases (additional instructions will be provided). You also have the option of visiting the Archives in person and reviewing the available records on a computer in the public research room.

If you would like to receive Year 1999 by mail, please provide the address where you would like flash drive sent. I will continue to notify you as additional years become available.

Due to the unprecedented wait time to fulfill your request, which occurred as a result of the necessary review process, we are waiving the fee for the cost of the flash drive.

We appreciate your interest in our collections and are grateful for your patience and understanding as we actively continue the review process and protect any possible confidential and exempt information contained within this expansive collection.

Sincerely,
Meredith Beatrice

Meredith M. Beatrice
Director of Communications
Florida Department of State
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
850.245.6522 (Direct)
850.245.6125 (Fax)
850.528.8992 (Cell)
Meredith.Beatrice@dos.myflorida.com<mailto:Meredith.Beatrice@dos.myflorida.com>

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From: MuckRock

Hello Ms. Beatrice,

Thank you so much for your letter. The appropriate address for this request is:

MuckRock News
DEPT MR 16125
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205

Have a great day.

From: Beatrice, Meredith M.

Hi Sam,

We have sent you years 2000 and 2001 from the Governor Jeb Bush archives. As additional years become available following the review process we will continue to send them in the mail.

Many thanks,
Meredith

Meredith M. Beatrice
Director of Communications
Florida Department of State
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

From: MuckRock

Hi Meredith,

Could you please clarify whether you mean that the records were recently sent in the mail? It doesn't appear that we've received them.

Thanks so much,
Beryl, MuckRock

From: Beatrice, Meredith M.

Hello Beryl,

Years 2000 and 2001 from the Governor Jeb Bush email collection were sent by mail to Sam Biddle in December 2015. The first attempt to send the records was returned, and on December 31, 2015 we sent them again to a different address at Mr. Biddle’s request (see attached email chain).

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,
Meredith M. Beatrice
Director of Communications
Florida Department of State
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

From: Beatrice, Meredith M.

Hi Beryl,

I just noticed a typo in the email I sent to you. Years 1999 and 2000 were sent to Mr. Biddle in December 2015.
Thanks,
Meredith

Meredith M. Beatrice
Director of Communications
Florida Department of State
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250

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