Correspondence regarding Hillary Clinton speech (SUNY Buffalo)

Conor Skelding filed this request with the State University of New York at Buffalo of New York.
Tracking # 14-058
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From: Conor Skelding

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (1977 N.Y. Laws ch. 933), I hereby request the following records:

1. Any and all written communications between Hillary Clinton and/or the Clinton Foundation and/or any representatives of Hillary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation and SUNY Buffalo and/or any representatives of SUNY Buffalo regarding Hillary Clinton's October 23, 2013 visit and speech.

2. Any and all written agreements, including but not limited to contracts, riders, and memoranda or understanding between SUNY Buffalo and Hillary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation created for Hillary Clinton's October 23, 2013 visit and speech.

3. Any and all written communications between SUNY Buffalo and the University at Buffalo Foundation regarding Hillary Clinton's October 23, 2013 visit and speech.'

4. Any and all written agreements, including but not limited to contracts, riders, and memoranda or understanding between SUNY Buffalo and the University at Buffalo Foundation created for Hillary Clinton's October 23, 2013 visit and speech.

That Hillary Clinton spoke at SUNY Buffalo on October 23, 2013 as part of the school's 2013-2014 Distinguished Speakers is published online here: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2013/06/038.html)

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 look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Conor Skelding

From: Brant, Joan

Sent on behalf of Brian T. Hines, Records Access Officer

Dear Mr. Skelding:

Please be advised that I am in receipt of your Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) email request dated July 9, 2014 requesting copies of communications/documents regarding Hillary Clinton's speaking engagement and visit on October 23, 2013.

I am currently determining the availability and accessibility of the requested document(s), and I expect to be in further contact with you on the matter within 20 business days. If you wish to make further inquiry regarding this particular FOIL request, please reference File Number 14-058.

From: Hines, Brian

Mr. Skelding,

Pursuant to your request, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, a document responsive to your request is attached. Because of the breadth of your request it will take some time to acquire and determine if we hold other documents that are responsive to your request. We will send other documents that may be responsive to your request under Freedom of Information Law as soon as practicable.

If you wish to appeal any part of this decision, you must do so in writing within thirty (30) days of your receipt of this email. The appeal must be directed to: FOIL Appeals Officer, James Malatras, Associate Counsel, Office of University Counsel, SUNY Plaza, Albany, New York 12246.

Brian T. Hines
Records Access Officer
Employee Relations
University at Buffalo
120 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-7022
(716) 645-4475
(716) 645-5904 (fax)
hines@buffalo.edu
http://hr.buffalo.edu

From: Della Contrada, John

Mr. Skelding,

Our FOIL officer said he responded to a request you made. Here's the university's statement related to the request.

Best regards,

John DellaContrada

http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2014/07/019.html

University at Buffalo releases details regarding the Distinguished Speakers Series

BUFFALO, N.Y. - University at Buffalo officials announced today that they paid $275,000, directed to the Clinton Foundation, for former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's speaking engagement as part of their 2013-2014 Distinguished Speakers Series.

No state funding or student tuition revenue is used to fund the Distinguished Speakers Series and the fees of guest speakers, including that of Secretary Clinton, university officials said. The speaking fee and all other appearance costs are financed entirely through ticket sales, sponsorships and endowments established specifically to support the university's Distinguished Speakers Series.

The contract with the Harry Walker Agency for the speaking engagement was released by the university after it conducted a review of its records in response to public information requests made this month by members of the media and the public.

In 2013-14, more than 29,000 people attended the Distinguished Speakers Series, which featured seven renowned speakers. About 6,500 community members and students attended Secretary Clinton's speech in UB's Alumni Arena. The series generated $550,000 in ticket sales which -- with sponsorships and endowments established to support the university's speakers series totaling $350,000 -- covered all speaking fees and all costs for the speakers series.

In its 28th year at the university, UB's Distinguished Speakers Series has a long tradition of bringing to the campus and community a wide range of public figures and leaders in the arts, culture, society and global politics to foster dialogue and debate about the issues of the day.
For more information about the series, go to www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/special/aboutseries<http://www.student-affairs.buffalo.edu/special/aboutseries>.
When the university does possess records they are released in accordance with New York State Freedom of Information Law.

John DellaContrada
Assistant Vice President for Media Relations
University at Buffalo
Phone: 716-645-4601
Cell: 716-361-3006
@UBNewsSource<https://twitter.com/UBNewsSource>
www.buffalo.edu/news<http://www.buffalo.edu/news>

From: Conor Skelding

Thank you both very much for this.

I'll anticipate your filling the rest of this request.

Sincerely,
Conor Skelding

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 July 9, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-058.

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 July 9, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-058.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hines, Brian

Mr. Skelding,

Pursuant to your request, under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, documents responsive to your request are attached. These are in addition to the document that was provided on July 16, 2014. There are no other records responsive to your request.

If you wish to appeal any part of this decision, you must do so in writing within thirty (30) days of your receipt of this email. The appeal must be directed to: FOIL Appeals Officer, Kelli Dupuis, Associate Counsel, Office of University Counsel, SUNY Plaza, Albany, New York 12246.

Brian T. Hines
Records Access Officer
Employee Relations
University at Buffalo
120 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-7022
(716) 645-4475
(716) 645-5904 (fax)
hines@buffalo.edu<mailto:hines@buffalo.edu>
http://hr.buffalo.edu<http://hr.buffalo.edu/>

From: Conor Skelding

Thank you very much, Mr. Hines.

Have a fine Labor Day weekend.

Conor Skelding

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 July 9, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #14-058.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hines, Brian

Mr. Skelding,

Attached is the response to your FOIL request which was sent on August 29, 2014.

Brian T. Hines
Records Access Officer
Employee Relations
University at Buffalo
120 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-7022
(716) 645-4475
(716) 645-5904 (fax)
hines@buffalo.edu
http://hr.buffalo.edu

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