FOIA request for ADF communications

Brett Barrouquere filed this request with the Office of the Governor of Texas.
Tracking #

011-19

Status
Completed

Communications

From: Brett Barrouquere


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of public records between of Alliance Defending Freedom, also known as ADF, any employees of the group and the Texas Governor's Office between January 14, 2013 and the present.

Please construe this request to include all emails, notes, memos, messages and text messages (if available).

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,

Brett Barrouquere 334-956-8234

From: Office of the Governor

Mr. Barrouquere:

This email seeks to narrow or clarify your request to avoid the production of and potential charges for responsive information that you are not interested in receiving. Additionally, clarifying or narrowing the scope of your public information request can assist the OOG in providing responsive information to you more quickly and potentially avoid the need for a decision from the Office of the Attorney General.

Your original request seeks "[all emails, notes, memos, messages and text messages] between of Alliance Defending Freedom, also known as ADF, any employees of the group and the Texas Governor's Office between January 14, 2013 and [January 8, 2019]." Please respond to the following request for clarification or narrowing:

· Are you willing to narrow your request to exclude certain divisions that are not likely to have information related to your request? Narrowing your request to exclude certain divisions, such as the Texas Music Office or Texas Film Commission, may reduce the chargeable labor required to obtain any responsive information. To see a list of some of the divisions of the OOG that may be excluded, you can visit: https://gov.texas.gov/organization.

Your narrowing or clarification of this request does not preclude you from making future requests for additional information. After we receive your response, we can begin a search of our records for the information you are seeking. If the OOG does not receive a response from you by the 61st day after the date this email is sent, your request will be considered withdrawn. See Gov't Code § 552.222(d), (g). The withdrawal of your request does not preclude you from requesting the same or other information in the future. You can reach us at publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov> or 512-463-1750 with any questions.
Best regards,

Joseph Behnke

Public Information Coordinator

Assistant General Counsel

Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

January 23, 2019

Brett Barrouquere
Southern Poverty Law Center
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org<mailto:brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org>
VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 012-19

Mr. Barrouquere,

This email is in response to your clarified public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on January 11, 2019. A copy of your clarified request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and has located information responsive to your request. The OOG asserts responsive information may be excepted from required disclosure under the Public Information Act. The OOG has requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Government Code § 552.301. A copy of the OOG’s brief submitted to the Open Records Division is attached. The OOG will provide you additional correspondence submitted to the Open Records Division on or before February 4, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 512-463-1750 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov>.

Thank you,

Joseph Behnke
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

From: Office of the Governor

January 23, 2019

Brett Barrouquere
Southern Poverty Law Center
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org<mailto:brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org>
VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 011-19

Mr. Barrouquere,

This email is in response to your clarified public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on January 9, 2019. A copy of your clarified request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and has located information responsive to your request. The OOG asserts responsive information may be excepted from required disclosure under the Public Information Act. The OOG has requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Government Code § 552.301. A copy of the OOG’s brief submitted to the Open Records Division is attached. The OOG will provide you additional correspondence submitted to the Open Records Division on or before January 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 512-463-1750 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov>.

Thank you,

Joseph Behnke
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

From: Office of the Governor

January 30, 2019

Brett Barrouquere
Southern Poverty Law Center
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org<mailto:brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org>
VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 011-19

Mr. Barrouquere,

This email is in response to your modified public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on January 9, 2019. A copy of your modified request follows this email.

The OOG has reviewed its files and has located information responsive to your request. The OOG asserts the responsive information is excepted from required disclosure under the Public Information Act. The OOG has requested a ruling from the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General pursuant to Government Code § 552.301. A copy of the OOG’s brief submitted to the Open Records Division is attached.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 512-463-1750 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov>.

Thank you,

Joseph Behnke
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

From: Office of the Governor

February 14, 2019

Mr. Barrouquere,

Thank you for contacting me. The Office of the Governor (“OOG”) has requested a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) related to this matter. The January 31, 2019, date referenced in my January 23, 2019, email below pertained to the date by which we would provide additional correspondence in relation to your request, not the date we anticipated completing your request.

From: Office of the Governor

March 7, 2019

Mr. Barrouquere,

Thank you for contacting me. As noted in my February 14, 2019, correspondence (attached), the Office of the Governor (“OOG”) has requested a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) related to this matter. Because the OAG has 45 business days by which to rule on whether information must be withheld, we are not able to give a completion date for this matter because the OAG could rule before or on the 45th business day.

If you would like to contact the OAG to check on the status of that file, you may call the Open Records Hotline at 877-OPEN TEX. Leave a message providing the OOG PIR ID# (011-19), your name, and the date on which the OOG requested a ruling (January 23, 2019) and they will call you back.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Best regards,

Joseph Behnke
Public Information Coordinator
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

March 22, 2019

Mr. Barrouquere,

Thank you for contacting me. As noted in my February 14, 2019, and March 7, 2019, emails, the Office of the Governor (“OOG”) has requested a ruling from the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) related to this matter. Because the OAG has 45 business days by which to rule on whether information must be withheld, we are not able to give a completion date for this matter because the OAG could rule before or on the 45th business day.

If you would like to contact the OAG to check on the status of that file, you may call the Open Records Hotline at 877-OPEN TEX. Leave a message providing the OOG PIR ID# (011-19), your name, and the date on which the OOG requested a ruling (January 23, 2019) and they will call you back.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Best regards,

Joseph Behnke
Public Information Coordinator
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

Mr. Barroquere,

Thank you for your email. We have received a ruling from the Attorney General and are redacting documents in accordance with the direction provided by the Attorney General. Additionally, as a matter of practice, when third parties are involved in the ruling process, we provide them with some time to challenge an Attorney General ruling, should they choose to do so. Once I confirm the third party in this instance does not plan to challenge the Attorney General’s ruling, I will release the information in accordance with that ruling.
Best regards,

Joseph Behnke
Public Information Coordinator
Assistant General Counsel
Office of the Governor

From: Office of the Governor

May 13, 2019

Brett Barrouquere

requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org<mailto:brett.barrouquere@splcenter.org>

VIA EMAIL ONLY

RE: OOG PIR # 011-19

Dear Mr. Barrouquere:

This email is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Governor (“OOG”), received by the OOG on January 9, 2019. A copy of your request follows this email.

The OOG requested an open records letter ruling from the Office of the Attorney General as to whether the information responsive to your request was excepted from disclosure under the Public Information Act. On April 11, 2019, the Office of the Attorney General issued Open Records Letter Ruling No. OR2019-09835. That ruling concludes some of the information at issue must be released. The information that must be released is attached with this email.

If you have any questions, please contact me at (512) 463-1750 or publicrecords@gov.texas.gov<mailto:publicrecords@gov.texas.gov>.

Sincerely,

Joseph Behnke
Assistant General Counsel
Office of Governor Greg Abbott

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