FTC Investigations into Paid Media Endorsements

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Federal Trade Commission of the United States of America.
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From: Michael Morisy

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of FTC investigative files regarding paid endorsements and the following online media outlets:

Vox Media
Rock Paper Shotgun

I also request any logs or indexes of paid endorsement fines or investigations that the FTC keeps. For reference, I believe these types of logs and investigative files exist because the FTC has publicly discussed such violations here:


I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, 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.


Michael Morisy

From: Federal Trade Commission

An acknowledgement letter, stating the request is being processed.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Nov. 12, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #2015-00179.

Thank you for your help.

From: Mastropaolo, Jason

Mr. Morisy,

I response was mailed out last week regarding your request. You should get a response sometime this week. The mail tends to be slow in the D.C Metro area. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration on the matter.

Jason Mastropaolo
Government Information Specialist, Office of the General Counsel
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20580
(202) 326-3202

From: Michael Morisy


I never received the responsive documents. Could you please resend? Thanks,


From: Federal Trade Commission

A no responsive documents response.

From: Mastropaolo, Jason


I am mailing the final response letter today. It was closed and mailed on December 10, 2014. Thank you