NRA Lobbying Expenses Maryland

Mike Spies filed this request with the secretary of state of Maryland.
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From: Mike Spies

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting a list of all of the National Rifle Association's lobbying expenditures in Maryland from January 1, 2013 to March 14, 2017 that list "Starboard Strategic Inc." as a vendor. The list should include the amount of the expense, the type/purpose of the expense, and the the date of the expense.

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 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Mike Spies

From: Tami Cathell -SOS-

Mr. Spies,

This request can not be answered by this office as we do not have these
records. I have forward your request to Mr. McCormick at the State Ethics
Commission for response as they handle this. You should be hearing from
him. If, not, feel free to reach back out to me and I will follow up.

*Tami L. Cathell*
Web Content Manager/Help Desk
Division of State Documents
Office of the Secretary of State
16 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-3872

Click here
<http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?agencycode=SOS&SurveyID=86M2956>
to
complete a three question customer experience survey

From: Jennifer Allgair -Ethics-

Mr. Spies:

Your Maryland Public Information Act Request was forwarded to me. You have
requested a list of all of the National Rifle Association's lobbying
expenditures in Maryland from January 1, 2013 to March 14, 2017 that list
"Starboard Strategies Inc." as a vendor. You also requested that the list
include the amount of the expense, the type/purpose of the expense, and the
date of the expense.

The Commission's lobbying reports are publicly available on the
Commission's website, ethics.maryland.gov. Click on the link for Lobbyists
and then on "public records" to search the available lobbying reports.
Type NRA or Rifle into the "Employer" box and select the dates to limit
your search. Here is a link to the Lobbying Report Search page:

<goog_1918017417>
https://lobby.ethics.state.md.us/publishedreports/search_regs.cfm

The lobbying activity reports filed for the NRA would not include a listing
of NRA vendors, such as Starboard Strategies, Inc. Rather, the information
disclosed on these lobbying activity reports would include a list of
compensation paid and expense totals related to lobbying efforts for the
applicable lobbying period.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this information. I
trust that this is responsive to your request. The documents that you seek
are publicly available through the Commission's website.

Jennifer Allgair
General Counsel
Maryland State Ethics Commission
410-260-7770

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tim McCormick -Ethics- <tim.mccormick@maryland.gov>
Date: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 3:17 PM
Subject: Fwd: Public Information Act Request: NRA Lobbying Expenses Maryland
To: Darlene Brocki -Ethics- <darlene.brocki@maryland.gov>, Jennifer Allgair
-Ethics- <jennifer.allgair@maryland.gov>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tami Cathell -SOS- <tami.cathell@maryland.gov>
Date: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 2:40 PM
Subject: Fwd: Public Information Act Request: NRA Lobbying Expenses Maryland
To: Tim McCormick -Ethics- <tim.mccormick@maryland.gov>

Thanks Tim for your assistance in this matter.

*Tami L. Cathell*
Web Content Manager/Help Desk
Division of State Documents
Office of the Secretary of State
16 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-3872

Click here
<http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?agencycode=SOS&SurveyID=86M2956>
to
complete a three question customer experience survey

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: <requests@muckrock.com>
Date: Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 11:43 AM
Subject: Public Information Act Request: NRA Lobbying Expenses Maryland
To: Tami.Cathell@maryland.gov

March 17, 2017
secretary of state
ATTN: Public Records Request
Tami Cathell, PIA Representative
16 Francis Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401‚Äč

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the
following records:

I am requesting a list of all of the National Rifle Association's lobbying
expenditures in Maryland from January 1, 2013 to March 14, 2017 that list
"Starboard Strategic Inc." as a vendor. The list should include the amount
of the expense, the type/purpose of the expense, and the the date of the
expense.

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 business
days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Mike Spies

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Tim McCormick
Lobbying Coordinator
State Ethics Commission
45 Calvert Street, 3rd floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-6175 <(410)%20260-6175> (direct dial)
410-260-7770 <(410)%20260-7770>

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