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Andrew Perez filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina of South Carolina.
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From: Andrew Perez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of all available emails, documents and email attachments exchanged, from August 1, 2017 and February 28, 2018, between officials at the South Carolina Attorney General's Office and individuals affiliated with the following organizations and companies. I am providing email domains and email addresses as search terms.

- Judicial Crisis Network (“@judicialnetwork.com”)
- National Rifle Association (“@nrahq.org” ; “@nraila.org”)
- Koch Industries (“@kochind.com” ; “@kochps.com”)
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“@uschamber.com” ; “@instituteforlegalreform.com”)
- Federalist Society (“@fed-soc.org” ; “leonard.leo@hotmail.com”)
- Altria Client Services (“@altria.com”)
- Purdue Pharma (“@pharma.com”)
- Mallinckrodt (“@mallinckrodt.com”)
- Anthem, Inc. (“@anthem.com”)
- Southern Company (“@southernco.com”)
- Peabody Energy (“@peabodyenergy.com”)
- DTE Energy (“@dteenergy.com”)
- Community Choice Financial ("@ccfi.com")
- Advance America (“@advanceamerica.net”)
- American Chemistry Council (“@americanchemistry.com”)
- Monsanto (“@monsanto.com”)
- Hamilton Consulting Group (“@hamilton-consulting.com”)
- Michael Best Strategies, LLC (“@michaelbeststrategies.com”)
- Bruning Law Group (“@bruninglawgroup.com”)
- Cozen O’Connor P.C ("@cozen.com")
- Hunton & Williams (“@hunton.com”)

Please understand “officials” to include individuals holding the following titles: Attorney General; Chief Deputy Attorney General; Deputy Attorney General; Assistant Deputy Attorney General; Senior Assistant Attorney General; Assistant Attorney General; and Chief of Staff.

Please note that we do not want copies of any newsletters you regularly receive from these organizations. We also do not want copies of any materials that specifically pertain to ongoing opioid litigation.

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 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Andrew Perez
MapLight
Political Reporter
c: (954) 410-4522

From: Andrew Perez

I'd like to revise the scope of this request to only cover the following officials: the Attorney General; Chief Deputy Attorney General; Deputy Attorney General; Assistant Deputy Attorney General; Senior Assistant Attorney General; and Chief of Staff. Thank you.

From:

I'm adding the MuckRock email address for this request to this thread.
Thanks,
Andrew

*ANDREW PEREZ*
MapLight
Political Reporter
c: (954) 410-4522
t: @andrewperezdc <https://twitter.com/andrewperezdc>

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

Andrew,

Can you confirm that this is the same request you sent to me directly last week? Have you added something to this one?

I also have another request that you sent through muckruck that seems duplicative of your past FOIAs, but I haven’t had an opportunity to pull those files and compare them. There may be some issue with using this service to send your requests, so it might be easier if you would just send them directly to me.

Jonathan B. Williams
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Legal Services Division
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211

Office: (803) 734-7208
Fax: (803) 734-7208

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

This is a duplicate of the one I recently sent you. The only difference is that I revised the date since it’s been a while since I originally tried sending it through MuckRock. So if you could keep the longer timeframe that would be great.

I’m not sure why their requests didn’t go through at first so I’ll send them by email from now on. Thank you
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From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

Andrew,

South Carolina is a party to the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) entered into between the major tobacco companies and 52 Settling States (46 States, DC, Puerto Rico, and four territories) in 1998. As part of the ongoing obligations under the MSA, the State AG Offices are in continued contact with Phillip Morris USA and its parent company, Altria. You’ve asked for communication with Altria client Services. Can you confirm that the MSA notices are not the types of communications you are requesting? Many of these documents are subject to confidentiality provisions of the MSA.

Jonathan B. Williams
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Legal Services Division
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211

Office: (803) 734-7208
Fax: (803) 734-7208

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

Please exclude the MSA notices. Thanks!

*ANDREW PEREZ*
MapLight
Political Reporter
c: (954) 410-4522
t: @andrewperezdc <https://twitter.com/andrewperezdc>

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

Andrew,

Hunton & Williams represents a company our Consumer Protection Division has sued. The case involves underground storage tanks (fuel tanks I believe). There are email communications with opposing counsel at Hunton & Williams that involve settlement negotiations. There is a court protective order in place, but I have not reviewed the order to determine whether the documents would be protected from disclosure. Can I exclude these documents by agreement?
Thanks,

Jonathan B. Williams
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Legal Services Division
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211

Office: (803) 734-7208
Fax: (803) 734-7208

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

Sure, please feel free to exclude. Thank you

*ANDREW PEREZ*
MapLight
Political Reporter
c: (954) 410-4522
t: @andrewperezdc <https://twitter.com/andrewperezdc>

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

I appreciate it.

Jonathan B. Williams
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Legal Services Division
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211

Office: (803) 734-7208
Fax: (803) 734-7208

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

Andrew,

Please find the attached regarding your FOIA request to our Office. A hard copy will not follow by regular mail.

Have a good weekend.

Thank you,

Jonathan B. Williams
Senior Assistant Attorney General
Legal Services Division
Office of the Attorney General
P.O. Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211

Office: (803) 734-7208
Fax: (803) 734-7208

  • 2018-04-06 Letter to Andrew Perrez re Maplight FOIA response w records (01650596xD2C78)

From: Office of the Attorney General - South Carolina

Thank you!

*ANDREW PEREZ*
MapLight
Political Reporter
c: (954) 410-4522
t: @andrewperezdc <https://twitter.com/andrewperezdc>

Files

  • 2018-04-06 Letter to Andrew Perrez re Maplight FOIA response w records (01650596xD2C78)