Keep ’em filing: MuckRock looking for more volunteer in-state proxies

Help needed for Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware and New Hampshire

Written by JPat Brown
Edited by Beryl Lipton

For reasons too frustrating to get into right now, ten states have restrictions within their public record laws that allow them to deny requests from “non-citizens,” meaning anyone out of state. So if you’re a reporter in Chicago filing in Arkansas for a request related to a national story, this is the response you’d get …

…regardless of demonstrable public interest.

To get around this, MuckRock followed the advice of the Supreme Court and set up a system of resident proxies, volunteers who serve as our in-state representatives. Right now, we need proxies for:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas (Urgent)
  • Delaware
  • New Hampshire

If you live in one of those states - or your know somebody who does - please consider helping out. As a MuckRock proxy requester, you’ll enable others to continue to demand accountability. In exchange, you’ll get your own Professional MuckRock account - 20 requests a month and all that comes with them - and the gratitude of the transparency community.

Interested in helping the cause? Let us know at info@muckrock.com or via the form below.


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