MuckRock makes the process of requesting documents easier for you to conceive, pursue, and publish information that matters to you.
Here, we'll go over some of the tools MuckRock has that will help make your requests for any primary materials, obtained via public records law, easier to do.
Request a document from an agency
Can't find a certain document from a certain agency in our repository of hundreds of thousands of pages of original government materials? Filing your own request at the local, state, and national level takes less than a minute:
Clone a requested document.
Not sure what to request? With our clone feature, any completed request can be filed again to another agency. For example, after you request for a list of lottery Keno sales in Massachusetts from the Massachusetts State Lottery, you can also request the same thing in New Hampshire.
Multi-request a document from many agencies.
Thinking of doing an audit, or some other wide-ranging FOIA project? Pro Users can use the multirequest feature to send the same request to multiple agencies at the same time. For example, if you were looking to compare the policies and reporting requirements regarding solitary confinement at a state and national level in Arizona, you could request documents from the Federal Prison Industry correctional program, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Arizona State Prison Complex.
Embargo your documents and keep it private.
Working on a public records story and don't want to be scooped? Professional users can embargo requests, allowing you to keep your requests and completed documents private until you want to share your findings among your peers or to the public.
Crowdfund to raise money for a document.
Freedom of Information is rarely free - sometimes, an agency will ask you to pay exorbitant processing fees before releasing documents. With crowdfunding, you can let the world know about the high cost, and let the public contribute money to free the docs.