Transparency Trampled; This Being Sunshine Week, It's a Fitting Occasion to Review the Last Year of What President Obama Called "The Most Transparent Administration in History." According to an Associated Press Analysis, Team Obama in 2016 Alone Ran Up a Record $36 Million Legal Tab Fighting Requests for Public Information under the Freedom of Information Act. [Derived Headline]

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Transparency Trampled; This Being Sunshine Week, It's a Fitting Occasion to Review the Last Year of What President Obama Called "The Most Transparent Administration in History." According to an Associated Press Analysis, Team Obama in 2016 Alone Ran Up a Record $36 Million Legal Tab Fighting Requests for Public Information under the Freedom of Information Act. [Derived Headline]


This being Sunshine Week, it's a fitting occasion to review the last year of what President Obama called "the most transparent administration in history." According to an Associated Press analysis, Team Obama in 2016 alone ran up a record $36 million legal tab fighting requests for public information under the Freedom of Information Act.

The Obama administration also set a record over the past two years for the number of times that federal workers said they couldn't find specific records requested by journalists, individuals and public advocacy groups, The Washington Times reports.

Overall, the number of FOIA lawsuits brought against federal agencies increased steadily during Mr. Obama's two terms, rising from 300 lawsuits in 2009 to 512 last year, according to The FOIA Project. …

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