National FOI Support Groups
This list includes groups that advocate on behalf of freedom of information, lobby or provide educational information.
Access Reports, Inc. 1624 Dogwood Lane Lynchburg, VA 24503
Harry A. Hammitt, editor/publisher
Phone: (804) 384-5334
Publishes a biweekly newsletter that reports on court cases and government information policy relating to FOI issues.
American Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad St. New York, NY 10004
Ira Glasser, executive director
Phone: (212) 549-2500
Promotes the use and understanding of laws. The mission of the ACLU is to assure that the Bill of Rights is preserved for each new generation.
American Library Association 50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611
William Gordon, executive director
Phone: (800) 545-2433
ALA works with federal agencies to initiate legislation that will extend library services; the association founded the Coalition on Government Information; and publishes Information: The Currency of Democracy.
American Society of Access Professionals
1444 1 St. NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005
Claire Shanley, executive director
Phone: (202) 712-9054
Helps federal employees, attorneys, journalists, educators, contractors and others working with such access statutes as the FOIA and the Privacy Act; its goal is to enhance understanding of and responsible and cost-effective administration of access laws.
American Society of Newspaper Editors 11690B Sunrise Valley Drive Reston, VA 20191-1409
Scott Bosley, executive director
Phone: (703) 453-1122
Fax: (703) 453-1133
FOI committee works to strengthen FOI laws, takes an aggressive stance on breaking FOI issues.
Associated Press Managing Editors Association
50 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10020
Mark Mittelstadt, Associated Press liaison Chris Peck, president
Phone: (212) 621-1838
APME supports freedom of information through a special committee and presents annu al awards to AP member newspapers and individuals.
Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications P.O. Box 118400 Gainesville, FL 32611 Prof. Sandra Chance, director
Phone: (352) 392-2273
Conducts research and educates the public in mass media law and the First Amendment, maintains the Citizens Access Project which provides links to FOI resources in every state.
Center for Investigative Reporting
500 Howard St., Suite 206 San Francisco, CA 94105
Burt Glass, executive director
Phone: (415) 543-1200
Fax: (415) 543-8311
Promotes investigative reporting and includes freedom of information issues as one of its main areas of study.
Electronic Frontier Foundation 454 Shotwell St.
San Francisco, CA 94110 Shari Steele, executive director
Phone: (415) 436-9333
Fax: (415) 436-9993
A civil liberties group that works in the public interest to protect freedom of information, privacy and free expression online.
First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University 1207 18th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212
Kenneth A. Paulson, executive director
Phone: (615) 321-9588
Fax: (615) 321-9599
The center is a forum for dialogue and debate on free expression, including freedom of information issues. …