Communication with AIPAC (Office of the Attorney General - Ohio)

Russel Neiss filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - Ohio of Ohio.
Tracking # 16-020
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Communications

From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Ohio Open Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

- All communications between members of this office and employees or representatives of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
- All communications containing the keywords "AIPAC" or "American Israel Public Affairs Committee".
- Any files or documents attached to the above communications.

My request is from January 1, 2015 to the present.

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 would request your response within ten (10) business days.

Sincerely,

Russel Neiss

From: Brittnie M. Reed

Hello, Mr. Neiss,

On behalf of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, I am writing to let you know that our office has received the public records request you faxed to us on January 28, 2016. Specifically, you requested the following for the time period of January 1, 2015 to the present:

· All communications between members of this office and employees or representatives of The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

· All communications containing the keywords “AIPAC” or “American Israel Public Affairs Committee”.


· Any files or documents attached to the above communications.


Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate personnel within our office to identify any responsive public records and to perform any necessary legal review. We will provide you with copies of any responsive public records within a reasonable amount of time.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this request, please feel free to contact the Public Records Unit at 614-466-2872.

Thank you,
Brittnie

From: Sarah Pierce

Mr. Neiss -

Please find attached a letter responding to your recent public records request.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Best,

Sarah Pierce

Sarah Pierce
Associate Assistant Attorney General - Constitutional Offices
Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Office/Section Phone: 614-466-2872
Office/Section Fax: 614-728-7592
Direct: 614-728-2271
Sarah.Pierce@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

Confidentiality Notice: This message is intended for use only by the individual or entity to whom or which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and/or otherwise exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by telephone.

From: Russel Neiss

Ms. Pierce,

Thank you for your response. If I were to amend the initial request to include only email communications from the SOS Legislative Services section that contain the domain @aipac.org in the "to" or " from" or "cc" or "bcc" fields would that request pass muster?

Thanks so much

From: Sarah Pierce

Mr. Neiss –

As I mentioned in my letter, our office does not organize email communications by sender or recipient, but by content. For example, emails that relate to a certain court case will be maintained in that case file.

It would be helpful if you could give me some more information about the content of the emails you are looking for. Are they related to a particular court case? Or a particular topic, or project of our office? Without some more information, your revised request asks for records from across our office, based only on sender and recipient status, which does not give us enough information to locate responsive records based on the manner in which they are kept.

Also, I’m not sure what you mean by SOS Legislative Services. Could you please clarify?

Thanks for your email!

Sarah

Sarah Pierce
Associate Assistant Attorney General – Constitutional Offices
Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Office/Section Phone: 614-466-2872
Office/Section Fax: 614-728-7592
Direct: 614-728-2271
Sarah.Pierce@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov

Confidentiality Notice: This message is intended for use only by the individual or entity to whom or which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential and/or otherwise exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by telephone.

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