Lee Atwater - Strategy Memos

Max Frank filed this request with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library of the United States of America.


From: Max Frank

To Whom It May Concern:

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

• The following interdepartmental White House memos written by Lee Atwater: “The South in 1984,” (1983) “Building an Electoral Fortress in 1984,” (1983) “Winning the Snowbelt in 1984,” (1984) “A Media Strategy for 1984,” (1984) “Ronald Reagan and the Gender Gap,” (1984) “Memorandum to the Vice President,” (sent to Bush on December 19, 1984); and “Gary Hart’s Long March,” (1986).

• Any and all letters, memos, and other documents written to Louise Ravenel from Lee Atwater which mention the “Atwater Bullshit Theory”

• A book outline put together while Atwater was in the hospital in September 1990.

Happy to discuss this request further and narrow in scope if necessary.

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.


Max Frank

From: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

A cover letter granting the request and outlining any exempted materials, if any.