Magazine article The Quill

Judge Cites Privacy in Barring Records Release

Magazine article The Quill

Judge Cites Privacy in Barring Records Release

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A federal judge in Washington cited the privacy of Democratic candidates and possible damage to the party in barring the release of documents that show how Democrats let unions control campaign activities in return for large donations.

The Associated Press in July already had disclosed contents of the Federal Election Commission documents, containing more than 6,000 pages.

The AP reported then the papers showed that AFL-CIO representatives were allowed to serve on state party steering committees to help approve or reject plans for Democrats' so-called coordinated campaign activities during elections.

In arguing for making the papers public, the FEC told the court that much of the information already was in the public domain and that the public should know "what the government is up to. …

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