Responses to Congressional Committees (Federal Election Commission)

Michael Morisy filed this request with the Federal Election Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 2013-46
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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 all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan.1, 2008 and the date that this request is processed. These communications are stored together and should be easily accessible.

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.

Sincerely,

Michael Morisy

From: Federal Election Commission FOIA

May 7, 2013

Dear Mr. Morisy:

This email acknowledges receipt of your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
request dated May 6, 2013.

Your request for a fee wavier has been granted. 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

From: FOIA Service Center

VIA EMAIL

Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
requests@muckrock.com

Re: FEC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, No. 2013-46

Dear Mr. Morisy:

This is in response to your requests for information under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) dated and received by the Federal Election
Commission?s (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center on May 6, 2013.
Specifically you requested:
A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1,
2008 and the date that this request is processed.

The FEC is continuing to process your request. However, in accordance
with 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(i), we are extending the processing period to
respond to your request by an additional ten (10) working days to June 19,
2013. This time is necessary to search for and collect the requested
records from other establishments that are separate from the office
processing the request. See 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(B)(iii)(I).

If you have any questions about this letter, you may contact the FOIA
Service Center at (202) 694-1650 or by email at FOIA@fec.gov. Please
include the following tracking number in all future correspondence – FOIA Request 2013-04

Sincerely,

Catherine H. Kelley
FOIA Service Center

From: FEC

VIA EMAIL

Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
requests@muckrock.com

Re: FEC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, No. 2013-46

Dear Mr. Morisy:

This is in response to your requests for information under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) dated and received by the Federal Election
Commission?s (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center on May 6, 2013.
Specifically you requested:
A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1,
2008 and the date that this request is processed.

Attached are documents responsive to your request, provided in their
entirety. The FEC is continuing to process your request. We anticipate
that the documents provided in future releases may have information
redacted pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 3(A), 4, 5, and 7(E). Exemption 3(A)
protects from disclosure information that is specifically exempted from
disclosure by statute. 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(3)(A). Exemption 4 protects
from disclosure commercial or financial information obtained from a person
that is privileged or confidential. 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)(4). Exemption 5
protects from disclosure attorney work-product as well as information
subject to the deliberative process and attorney-client privileges. 5
U.S.C. § 552(b)(5). Exemption 7(E) protects from disclosure records or
information compiled for law enforcement purposes that if released would
disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or
prosecutions, or would disclose guidelines for law enforcement
investigations or prosecutions if such disclosure could reasonably be
expected to risk circumvention of the law.

Upon the agency?s final production of records, you will receive a final
agency decision letter regarding your request. In the final decision
letter, we will provide you with a list of all FOIA exemptions, if any,
that have been applied to the records released and to any responsive
records withheld in their entirety. Additionally, we will provide an
approximate page count for any documents withheld in their entirety.

You may appeal any adverse FOIA determination. Any such appeal must be
filed in writing and should follow the guidelines set forth in 11 C.F.R. §
4.8. If you have any questions, you may contact the FOIA Service Center
at (202) 694-1650 or by email at FOIA@fec.gov. Thank you for contacting
the FEC.

From: Federal Election Commission

Dear Mr. Morisy:

Because of the large file size of the second attachment?titled ?FOIA
2013-46 Response III??our attempts to deliver it to you all failed. As an
alternative means of delivery, we are sending you FOIA 2013-46 Response
III on a thumb drive and mailing it to you.

Sincerely,
Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service Center

FOIA
Sent by: Robert Kahn
03/21/2014 08:13 PM

To
requests@muckrock.com,
cc

Subject
FEC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, No. 2013-46 (1 of 2)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
requests@muckrock.com

Re: FEC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, No. 2013-46

Dear Mr. Morisy:

This email is in response to your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) dated and received by the Federal
Election Commission?s (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center on May 6, 2013.
Specifically you requested:
A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1,
2008 and the date that this request is processed.

On June 19, 2013, you received an interim response including 264 pages of
responsive documents. Included with this letter are the remaining
documents responsive to your request. In these documents, we have
redacted information that was a part of the deliberative process, and is
therefore exempt from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 5. 5 U.S.C. §
552(b)(5). We have also redacted under FOIA Exemption 7(E) law
enforcement information that if released would disclose techniques and
procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would
disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions
that could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law. 5
U.S.C. § 552(b)(7)(E). We have also withheld 706 pages of responsive
documents in their entirety pursuant to Exemptions 5 and 7(E). In our June
19, 2013, letter we indicated that we may redact or withhold information
pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 3(A), 4, 5, and 7(E). After completing our
review, we determined that the only applicable FOIA Exemptions are
Exemptions 5 and 7(E). Accordingly, your request has been granted in
part.
The attachment titled ?FOIA 2013-46 Response II? contains
attachments to the Commission?s July 29, 2011, response to the Committee
on House Administration. The Commission?s cover letter and written
responses to the Committee?s questions were provided to you in our June
19, 2013 response. The PDF titled ?FOIA 2013-46 Response III? contains
correspondence between the FEC?s General Counsel and staff members of the
Committee on House Administration concerning the public disclosure of
certain internal Commission documents. The Commission subsequently made
these documents available on its website. Please refer to the following
link for the publicly available documents:
http://www.fec.gov/law/procedural_materials.shtml.
You may appeal any adverse FOIA determination. Any such appeal must be
filed in writing and should follow the guidelines set forth in 11 C.F.R. §
4.8. If you have any questions, you may contact the FOIA Requester
Service Center at (202) 694-1650 or by email at FOIA@fec.gov. Thank you
for contacting the FEC.
Sincerely,
Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service
Center

[attachment "FOIA 2013-46 Response II_Redacted.pdf" deleted by Robert
Kahn/FEC/US]

From: Federal Election Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Election Commission

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

From: Federal Election Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Election Commission

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

From: Federal Election Commission

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Federal Election Commission

Dear Mr. Morisy:

According to a delivery failure report message I received today, you may
not have received the attachment titled ?FOIA 2013-46 Response II". As an
alternative means of delivery, we are sending you FOIA 2013-46 Response II
and re-sending FOIA 2013-46 Response III on a thumb drive and mailing it
to you.

Sincerely,
Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service Center

FOIA
Sent by: Robert Kahn
03/25/2014 04:38 PM

To
requests@muckrock.com,
cc

Subject
Re: FEC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, No. 2013-46 (1 of 2)

Dear Mr. Morisy:

Because of the large file size of the second attachment?titled ?FOIA
2013-46 Response III??our attempts to deliver it to you all failed. As an
alternative means of delivery, we are sending you FOIA 2013-46 Response
III on a thumb drive and mailing it to you.

Sincerely,
Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service Center

FOIA
Sent by: Robert Kahn
03/21/2014 08:13 PM

To
requests@muckrock.com,
cc

Subject
FEC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, No. 2013-46 (1 of 2)

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Michael Morisy
MuckRock News
P.O. Box 55819
Boston, MA 02205-5819
requests@muckrock.com

Re: FEC Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request, No. 2013-46

Dear Mr. Morisy:

This email is in response to your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) dated and received by the Federal
Election Commission?s (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center on May 6, 2013.
Specifically you requested:
A copy of all responses sent to Congressional committees between Jan. 1,
2008 and the date that this request is processed.

On June 19, 2013, you received an interim response including 264 pages of
responsive documents. Included with this letter are the remaining
documents responsive to your request. In these documents, we have
redacted information that was a part of the deliberative process, and is
therefore exempt from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 5. 5 U.S.C. §
552(b)(5). We have also redacted under FOIA Exemption 7(E) law
enforcement information that if released would disclose techniques and
procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions, or would
disclose guidelines for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions
that could reasonably be expected to risk circumvention of the law. 5
U.S.C. § 552(b)(7)(E). We have also withheld 706 pages of responsive
documents in their entirety pursuant to Exemptions 5 and 7(E). In our June
19, 2013, letter we indicated that we may redact or withhold information
pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 3(A), 4, 5, and 7(E). After completing our
review, we determined that the only applicable FOIA Exemptions are
Exemptions 5 and 7(E). Accordingly, your request has been granted in
part.
The attachment titled ?FOIA 2013-46 Response II? contains
attachments to the Commission?s July 29, 2011, response to the Committee
on House Administration. The Commission?s cover letter and written
responses to the Committee?s questions were provided to you in our June
19, 2013 response. The PDF titled ?FOIA 2013-46 Response III? contains
correspondence between the FEC?s General Counsel and staff members of the
Committee on House Administration concerning the public disclosure of
certain internal Commission documents. The Commission subsequently made
these documents available on its website. Please refer to the following
link for the publicly available documents:
http://www.fec.gov/law/procedural_materials.shtml.
You may appeal any adverse FOIA determination. Any such appeal must be
filed in writing and should follow the guidelines set forth in 11 C.F.R. §
4.8. If you have any questions, you may contact the FOIA Requester
Service Center at (202) 694-1650 or by email at FOIA@fec.gov. Thank you
for contacting the FEC.
Sincerely,
Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service
Center

[attachment "FOIA 2013-46 Response II_Redacted.pdf" deleted by Robert
Kahn/FEC/US]

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