Pepe The Frog [FEC]

Rich Jones filed this request with the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2016-121
Status
Completed

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From: Rich Jones

To Whom It May Concern:

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

Any and all documents, memos, emails, reports, complaints, faxes, and any other files mentioning "Pepe The Frog". Please also include a related search for "rare pepe," "spurdo" and "meme magic". Please limit this search from March 2016 onwards.

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.

Sincerely,

Rich Jones

From: FOIA

September 26, 2016

Dear Mr. Jones:

This email acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request dated September 23, 2016.

Please note that, depending upon the nature of your request, we may be able to respond to you more quickly if you are able to state your request more specifically or narrowly, either in terms of the scope of documents you have requested or by refining the time frame of your request. If you would like to discuss this option or if you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 694-1650. Please include the following tracking number in all future correspondence regarding this matter - FOIA Request 2016-121
Thank you for contacting the Federal Election Commission.

Sincerely,

Christopher Mealy
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Rich Jones
c/o MuckRock
DEPT MR 27547
411A Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Email: requests@muckrock.com

Re: FEC Freedom of Information Act Request, No. 2016-121

Dear Mr. Jones:

This email concerns your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), which was received in our office on September 23, 2016. Specifically, you requested any and all documents mentioning "Pepe the Frog" from March 2016 to present. You also requested that a search be conducted for the following terms: (1) "rare pepe"; (2) "spurdo"; and (3) "meme magic."

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i) and 11 C.F.R. § 4.7(d), we are extending the processing period due to "unusual circumstances" as described by the FOIA and FEC regulations. This extension is necessary under both the second and third prongs of the FOIA's definition of "unusual circumstances." Pursuant to the second prong of the FOIA's definition of unusual circumstances - 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(iii)(II) - your request requires an examination of a large quantity of separate and distinct potentially responsive records. 11 C.F.R. § 4.7(c)(2). Additionally, pursuant to the third prong of the FOIA's definition of unusual circumstances - 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(iii)(III) - your request requires consultation with two or more components of the Commission which have a substantial subject matter interest in the request. 11 C.F.R. § 4.7(c)(3).

Because your request cannot be processed within the time limit specified in the FOIA, this letter provides you an opportunity to limit the scope of the request so that it may be processed more expeditiously or to arrange an alternative time frame for processing the request or a modified request. We expect a determination with a complete response to your FOIA request by November 7, 2016. If, because of the voluminous nature of your request, it becomes necessary to produce documents to you on a rolling basis, you will be promptly notified during the initial document production.

Due to the nature of your request and the FEC's response, you may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Kate Higginbothom, at (202) 694-1650 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, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769. Please include the following tracking number in all future correspondence regarding this matter - FOIA Request 2016-121.

If you have any questions about this letter, you may contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at (202) 694-1650 or by email at FOIA@fec.gov.

Sincerely,

Peter K. Han
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA

Mr. Jones,

The search for responsive documents has been completed and we are hoping to send you a response next week.

Thank you.

Peter K. Han
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: Rich Jones

Hey Peter - Back in November, you said it'd be a week, but I still haven't received any documents. What gives?

Thanks!
Rich

From: FOIA

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Rich Jones
c/o MuckRock
DEPT MR 28448
411A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144-2516
Email: requests@muckrock.com<mailto:requests@muckrock.com>

Re: Your Freedom of Information Act Request to the Federal Election Commission (FOIA 2016-121)

Dear Mr. Jones:

This email is in response to the request you filed for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) dated and received by the Federal Election Commission's (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center on September 23, 2016. Specifically, you requested the following records:
Any and all documents, memos, emails, reports, complaints, faxes, and any other files from March 2016 to present, mentioning the following: (1) "Pepe the Frog"; (2) "rare pepe"; (3) "spurdo"; and (4) "meme magic."
We have searched our records and located documents responsive to your request, all which we are releasing in full. See attached. Therefore, we are granting your request.

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Kate Higginbothom, at (202) 694-1650 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, 8601 Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing to the Chief FOIA Officer, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20463, or sending an e-mail to foia@fec.gov. Any such appeal should follow the guidelines set forth in the Commission's FOIA regulations at 11 C.F.R. § 4.8. Thank you for contacting the FEC.

Sincerely,

Peter K. Han
FOIA Requester Service Center

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