Text Messages from Frank LaRose On All Devices In November 2019

Richie Muniak filed this request with the Secretary of State of Ohio.
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From: Richie Muniak


To Whom It May Concern:

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

All text messages sent to and received from Secretary of State Frank LaRose on any device, government provided or personal, from November 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2019.

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.

Sincerely,

Richie Muniak

From: Secretary of State

Mr. Muniak,

This email is to acknowledge receipt of your below request for public records, which was received by this office on May 14, 2020. Specifically you have requested:

"[A]ll text messages sent to and received from Secretary of State Frank LaRose on any device, government or personal, from November 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2019."

We are reviewing your request and will respond to you within a reasonable time as required by the Ohio Public Records Act.

Sincerely,

[logo for the Office of Frank LaRose Ohio Secretary of State]
Nick Eippert | Assistant Chief Legal Counsel
Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
O: 614.995.2170
OhioSoS.gov<https://OhioSoS.gov/>
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. Thank you.

From: Secretary of State

Mr. Muniak,

This email is to respond to your below request for public records, which was received by this office on May 14, 2020.

Please see the attached response letter.

Sincerely,

[logo for the Office of Frank LaRose Ohio Secretary of State]
Nick Eippert | Assistant Chief Legal Counsel
Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
O: 614.995.2170
OhioSoS.gov<https://OhioSoS.gov/>
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. Thank you.

From: Richie Muniak

Hello Nick,

These are my first public records requests and thank you for working with me on them. It is quite enjoyable learning the rules, I'm sorry if this is exhausting to you because I bet you have to write letters like that all day.

I wish to clarify my request to:

"All text messages between Frank LaRose and Carol Lawler, Frank LaRose and Marian Coffey, and Frank LaRose and Heather McDermotton on any device, government provided or personal, from November 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2019 on the subject of PEO issues during the 2019 November general election."

I look forward to your reply.

From: Secretary of State

Mr. Muniak,

This email is to acknowledge receipt of your below clarified request for public records, which was received by this office on June 4, 2020. Specifically, you have requested:

"All text messages between Frank LaRose and Carol Lawler, Frank LaRose and Marian Coffey, and Frank LaRose and Heather McDermotton on any device, government provided or personal, from November 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2019 on the subject of PEO issues during the 2019 November general election."
We are reviewing your request and will respond to you within a reasonable time as required by the Ohio Public Records Act.

Sincerely,

[logo for the Office of Frank LaRose Ohio Secretary of State]
Nick Eippert | Assistant Chief Legal Counsel
Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
O: 614.995.2170
OhioSoS.gov<https://OhioSoS.gov/>
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. Thank you.

From: Secretary of State

Mr. Muniak,

This email is to respond to your below request for public records, which was received by this office on June 4, 2020. Specifically, you have requested:

"All text messages between Frank LaRose and Carol Lawler, Frank LaRose and Marian Coffey, and Frank LaRose and Heather McDermotton on any device, government provided or personal, from November 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2019 on the subject of PEO issues during the 2019 November general election."

I have inquired within our office and determined that we do not maintain records responsive to your request.

Sincerely,

[logo for the Office of Frank LaRose Ohio Secretary of State]
Nick Eippert | Assistant Chief Legal Counsel
Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
O: 614.995.2170
OhioSoS.gov<https://OhioSoS.gov/>
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. Thank you.

From: Richie Muniak

Hello Mr. Elippert,

Same questions as last time we talked about text messaging:

Do they not maintain records on this because:

A. Frank LaRosa has no government provided or personal cell phone.
B. He has a government provided or personal cell phone but does not use text messages for records.
C. He has a government provided or personal cell phone, uses text messages for records, but the department is not recording them.

My entire request was based on knowledge that he uses text messages for things that should be records, so your finding of nothing was interesting to me.

From: Secretary of State

Mr. Muniak,

Thank you for following up regarding your request. As I had stated in my response, I have inquired within our office and determined that our office does maintain any records responsive to your request and therefore we consider our obligations under the Public Records Act to be satisfied. In the interest of transparency, and for your information, employees of our office are the custodians of their own records, such as emails, notes, drafts, telephone messages, or text messages. Our office retention schedule provides that transient correspondence, such as text messages, which serve to convey information of temporary importance, is only retained by the custodian until it is no longer of administrative value.

If you have additional questions regarding how our office maintains records, I am happy to have a telephone conversation.

Sincerely,

[logo for the Office of Frank LaRose Ohio Secretary of State]
Nick Eippert | Assistant Chief Legal Counsel
Office of the Ohio Secretary of State
O: 614.995.2170
OhioSoS.gov<https://OhioSoS.gov/>
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. Thank you.

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