Texas AG Emails

Ben Hudson filed this request with the Office of Attorney General of Texas.
Tracking # OR2017-14805
Due April 26, 2017
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

Communications

From: Ben Hudson

To Whom It May Concern:

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

All emails sent or received by the Office of the Attorney general for the date range 1/1/2017 through 3/27/2017.

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,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

March 28, 2017

Mr. Hudson,

The Office of the Attorney General ("OAG") is in receipt of your communication below, however, I believe there may be language missing from your request. The OAG has over 4,200 employees. Are there specific employees whose e-mails you are requesting? Is there a specific topic for which you would like us to search? Thanks in advance for your clarification.

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Ben Hudson

Lauren,

Thank you for your prompt response! My apologies for the initial lack of clarification.

I would like all emails to/from the Administrative Divisions (listed here https://texasattorneygeneral.gov/agency/administrative-divisions). In addition, I would like all emails to/from Attorney General Paxton.

The time period I am requesting remains 1/1/17 - 3/27/17.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

March 28, 2017

Mr. Hudson,

Thank you for your rapid response. Please be advised that your request implicates tens of thousands of e-mails, and the Office of the Attorney General would be sending you a cost estimate to pay before we began any work on processing your request. The OAG would prefer to help you narrow your request, to avoid costs, and to help us locate the specific information you are interested in receiving. Are you able to identify a specific topic for which we can search? Are there specific employees, as opposed to entire divisions? Thanks again for your clarification.

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Ben Hudson

Lauren,

I will revise my request to include all emails to/from the following individuals:
- The Honorable Ken Paxton
- Katherine Cary
- Angelia Harris
- Michele Price

Let me know if more specificity is needed, but I would prefer not to limit the request further.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

March 28, 2017

Mr. Hudson,

Thank you for your clarification. We will take a look at the volume of e-mails sent to/from the four individuals named below over the three month span, and let you know if it will require a cost estimate.

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: publicrecords

April 11, 2017

Mr. Ben Hudson
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:lmcgaughy@dallasnews.com>
VIA E-MAIL ONLY

RE: Public Information Request No. 17-46400

Dear Mr. Hudson:

Please see the attached correspondence pertaining to your public information request to the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG"), received by the OAG on March 28, 2017. A copy of your request follows this e-mail.

If you have any questions, please contact me at publicrecords@oag.texas.gov.<mailto:publicrecords@texasattorneygeneral.gov.>

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Ben Hudson

Lauren,

Thank you for compiling the cost estimate. Would you be able to re-calculate the cost estimate for me based on the following amendment to my request?

I would like to keep the time frame the same but I would only like to request emails between the following four people:
- The Honorable Ken Paxton
- Katherine Cary
- Angelia Harris
- Michele Price

I believe this will markedly reduce the number of relevant records, thus lowering the cost estimate significantly.

Thank you for your help,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

April 13, 2017

Mr. Hudson,

Thank you for your correspondence. Can you please clarify if you are only requesting communications in which the four individuals are directly communicating with one another? For example, if someone has sent an e-mail to Michele Price, and just cc's Katherine Cary, you are not interested in those communications, correct? Thank you in advance for your clarification.

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Ben Hudson

Lauren,

That is correct, yes.

Thank you,

Ben Hudson

From: publicrecords

Thank you, Mr. Hudson. We are processing your request.

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: publicrecords

April 27, 2017

Mr. Ben Hudson
MuckRock
requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>
VIA E-MAIL ONLY

RE: Public Information Request No. 17-46400

Dear Mr. Hudson:

This letter is in response to your narrowed public information request to the Office of the Attorney General ("OAG"), received by the OAG on April 11, 2017. A copy of correspondence pertaining to your request follows this e-mail.

The OAG has reviewed its files and has located documents that are responsive to your request. The OAG is still compiling and reviewing the documents we believe are releasable. We anticipate releasing these documents on or before May 4, 2017.

The OAG believes the remaining information responsive to your request is excepted from public disclosure. We have requested a ruling on this information from the Open Records Division of the OAG. A copy of our brief to the Open Records Division is enclosed.

If you have any questions, please contact me at publicrecords@oag.texas.gov.<mailto:publicrecords@texasattorneygeneral.gov.>

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: publicrecords

May 12, 2017

Mr. Hudson,

Responsive information and a copy of our additional brief to the Open Records Division was mailed to the address provided in your correspondence on May 4, 2017.

Sincerely,

Lauren Downey
Assistant Attorney General
Public Information Coordinator
Office of the Attorney General

From: Office of Attorney General

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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