Vizio/LeEco (FOIA request)

Eriq Gardner filed this request with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States of the United States of America.
Due July 6, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Eriq Gardner

To Whom It May Concern:

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

-All records, documents, or communications from January 1, 2016 to the present related or pertaining to the proposed acquisition of Vizio, Inc., by LeEco, a Chinese electronics firm.

I request that I not be charged search or review fees because I qualify as a representative of the news media, pursuant to FOIA and the applicable federal regulations. I am a senior editor at The Hollywood Reporter, where I write daily about legal and regulatory matters.

At 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(4)(A)(ii), the FOIA describes “a representative of the news media” as “any person or entity that gathers information of potential interest to a segment of the public, uses its editorial skills to turn the raw materials into a distinct work, and distributes that work to an audience.” In writing about legal issues for the general public, I provide extensive commentary on governmental "raw materials."

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.


Eriq Gardner

From: Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States

Good afternoon Mr. Gardner

Attached to this email you will find an acknowledgment of your FOIA request that was dated June 7, 2018 and sent to the US Department of the Treasury.

Terri Robertson
FOIA and Transparency
Privacy, Transparency and Records
U.S. Department of the Treasury