Tax records of American Action Network

Alex Kotch filed this request with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia of Washington, DC.
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030-18

Est. Completion March 26, 2018
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From: Alex Kotch

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1974, D.C. Code Ann. § 2-531 et seq. ("D.C. Act"), I hereby request the following records:

I am requesting all local and federal tax records of American Action Network from 2010 to the present.

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.

Please see my fee request waiver:

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am requesting a waiver of all fees under 5 U.S.C. Section 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). The information I seek is in the public interest because it will contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government. This request is not a commercial request -- it is being made by a journalist and is seeking documents of clear public interest and concern.
I believe I meet the criteria for a fee waiver recognized by the U.S. Justice Department - and by the federal courts, See Project on Military Procurement v. Department of the Navy, 710 F. Supp. 362 363, 365 (D.C.D. 1989).

My request concerns the operations or activities of government because the records relate to political spending. The records that are responsive to this request will spotlight the way that political spending influences elections.

Also, the information sought has informative value, or potential for contribution to public understanding. Please note the decision in Elizabeth Eudey v. Central Intelligence Agency, 478 F. Supp. 1175 1176 (D.C.D. 1979) (even a single document has the potential for contributing to public understanding). As an experience independent journalist, I plan to disseminate this information to the public at large through publication in one of the more than 20 outlets that have published my work. Those award-winning publications get millions of visitors per month.

In your deliberations, please take note of the following cases: Campbell v. U.S. Department of Justice, 334 U.S. App. D.C. (1998)(administrative and seemingly repetitious information is not exempt from fee-waiver consideration); Project on Military Procurement (agencies cannot reject a fee waiver based on the assumption that the information sought is covered by a FOIA exemption; and Landmark Legal Foundation v. Internal Revenue Service, 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21722 (D.C.D. 1998)(the fact that the information will soon be turned over to a public body does not exempt the material from fee-waiver consideration).

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 15 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Alex Kotch

From: Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Mr. Kotch,

This messages acknowledges receipt of your FOIA request by the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia on March 5, 2018. It will be processed as OAG FOIA request number 030-18.

A response to your request will be sent to you on or before March 26, 2018, unless there is a need to assert the ten-day extension, as defined by D.C. Official Code § 2-532(d).

Thank you,

Anna J. Kent
FOIA Officer
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
441 Fourth Street NW, Suite 630 South
Washington, D.C. 20001
anna.kent@dc.gov
Phone: (202) 442-7272
Fax: (202) 730-1894

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From: Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Mr. Kotch,

Please find attached the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia's response to your FOIA request, No. 030-18.

Thank you,

Anna J. Kent
FOIA Officer
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
441 Fourth Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20001
anna.kent@dc.gov
Phone: (202) 442-7272
Fax: (202) 730-1894

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