Allen Alcohol Comms

Jimmy Tobias filed this request with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the United States of America.
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From: Jimmy Tobias

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all written or electronic communications, including email attachments, between Joseph Allen and any representative, lobbyist, official or other agent of one or more of the following alcohol-industry trade groups:

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS)
Brewers Association (BA)
Beer Institute
Wine Institute
American Single Malt Whiskey Commission (ASMWC)
U.S. Gin Association
Women of the Wine & Spirits (WOTVS)
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA)
American Beverage Licensees (ABL)
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)
National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA)
National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA)
American Distilled Spirits Alliance (ADSA)
North American Craft Maltsters Guild
Prairie Craft Spirits Association (PCSA)

This request seeks records produced since January 1, 2021.

I am a reporter for The Guardian and The Nation. As a reporter whose primary purposes is to scrutinize federal agencies and publish my findings for the benefit of the American public, I request a fee waiver. Any and all records deriving from this request that are found newsworthy will be published for public perusal .

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 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Jimmy Tobias

From: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

09/16/2022 REFER TO: 2022-01398 Jimmy TobiasMuckRock News DEPT MR 133945263 Huntington AveBoston, Massachusetts, 02115Dear [Mr. Jimmy Tobias:This responds to your FOIA request dated 9/16/2022, and received by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on 9/16/2022, in which you requested records concerning Joseph (Joe) Allen correspondence. Your request has been assigned number 2022-01398. Please refer to this number on any future correspondence. Please be advised that a search has been conducted, and based on the information you provided to us, we were not able to locate any responsive records subject to the Freedom of Information Act.For your information, Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of the FOIA. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c). This response is limited to those records that are subject to the requirements of the FOIA. This is a standard notification that is given to all our requesters and should not be taken as an indication that excluded records do, or do not, exist.You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison Zina Kornegay, at (202) 648-7390, for any further assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows: Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, Room 2510, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.If you are not satisfied with my response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP), United States Department of Justice, 441 G Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20530, or you may submit an appeal through OIP's FOIA STAR portal by creating an account following the instructions on OIP’s website: Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days of the date of my response to your request. If you submit your appeal by mail, both the letter and the envelope should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal." Adam C. Siple Chief Information and Privacy Governance Division Mr.
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