|Submitted||Jan. 6, 2018|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Copies of all available emails, documents and email attachments exchanged between officials at the Texas Attorney General's Office and individuals affiliated with the Rule of Law Defense Fund and the Republican Attorneys General Association, between June 1, 2017 and January 5, 2018.
Please understand “officials” to include individuals holding the following titles: Attorney General; First Assistant Attorney General; Deputy First Assistant Attorney General; Chief of Staff; Director of Scheduling; Deputy Attorney General; and Director of Communications & Senior Advisor.
For email addresses affiliated with the Rule of Law Defense Fund, please use email addresses that contain the domain: “@ruleoflawdefensefund.org.” For email addresses affiliated with the Republican Attorneys General Association, please use email addresses that contain the domain: “@RepublicanAGs.com.”
Please note that we are specifically requesting copies of any files or sign-on letters referenced in these emails that were uploaded to the RLDF "briefing room" at the website: "https://rldf.box.com." Sending a file through a unique link is analogous to sending a file via an email attachment, so these files should be considered public records.
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.
c: (954) 410-4522
January 8, 2018
Mr. Andrew Perez
VIA E-MAIL ONLY
RE: Public Information Request No. 18-48398
Dear Mr. Perez:
This e-mail is in response to your public information request to the Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”), received by the OAG on January 8, 2018. A copy of your request follows this e-mail.
The OAG has reviewed its files and has no information responsive to your request.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Information Coordinator’s Office
Office of the Attorney General
It is our understanding that Attorney General Paxton attended the Republican Attorneys General Association's fall meeting in November 2017.
RAGA arranges and pays for AGs' travel and hotel stays when they attend their events. General Paxton is also the group's vice chairman. It's simply implausible that your office has no records of correspondence with RAGA or its nonprofit policy arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund.
January 9, 2018
Our office does not coordinate General Paxton’s travel or involvement with RAGA. Similarly, no State funds or resources are used for these purposes.
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General