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State Department Changes Course in CU FOIA Lawsuit

State Department changes course in CU FOIA lawsuit asking for any State Department contracts with Christopher Steele, Sidney Blumenthal, Perkins Coie, and others:  "Upon further review, State has determined that this request should not have been rejected for failing to reasonably describe the records and that it should instead be processed."

CU v. State FOIA (07112018 Motion - State Dept. Contracts) by Citizens United on Scribd


CU & CUF Statement: Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Travel Ban Proclamation

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, has upheld President Trump's travel ban proclamation.  The Court rejected the claim that the ban exceeds the President's statutory authority under the federal Immigration and Nationality Act ("INA"), concluding: "The Proclamation is squarely within the scope of the President's authority under the INA." 

The Court also said the Plaintiffs were unlikely to prevail on their claim that the ban violates the 1st Amendment's Establishment Clause because it disfavors the Muslim religion. In matters involving immigration and national security, the Court said that even where there is "extrinsic evidence" of religious hostility, the policy will be upheld "so long as it can reasonably be understood to result from a justification independent of unconstitutional grounds." The Court concluded the Plaintiffs were unlikely to prove their case under that standard, stating: "The Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices. The text says nothing about religion."

Citizens United and Citizens United Foundation are proud to have supported the President's travel ban executive order from the very beginning in amicus briefs at various federal courts including the Supreme Court.


CU files FOIA for documents relating to October 2016 Christopher Steele political opposition research briefing at State Department

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request copies of all records relating to the October 2016 briefing at the State Department as described in the news report below. Records should include, but not be limited to, the following: a) Participant lists b) Participant notes c) Briefing scheduling requests d) Minutes e) Transcripts f) Briefing materials g) Briefing location h) After-action reports i) Audio or video recordings “The revelation that there was a dossier briefing comes thanks to serious investigative work by chairman Richard Burr’s committee staff and thanks, as well, to smart questioning by the senator. ‘Based upon our review of the visitor logs at the State Department, Mr. Steele visited the State Department, briefing officials on the dossier in October of 2016,’ Burr said." (The Weekly Standard, "Victoria Nuland Can’t Keep Her Steele Story Straight," 06/21/2018) 

https://www.weeklystandard.com/eric-felten/victoria-nuland-cant-keep-her-steele-story-straight

CU FOIA to State Department 06.22.2018 by Citizens United on Scribd


ACLU and Citizens United agree: the government is withholding too much information

Roll Call: ACLU, Citizens United call for better access to government information

Government transparency could be getting even worse, according to Citizens United and the American Civil Liberties Union.

"I think the state of transparency is getting worse in a lot of respects and it’s not just Freedom of Information Act requests. We're seeing systemic efforts by the government to withhold information from the public," Neema Guliani, the ACLU's legislative counsel, told the Hill.TV's "Rising" on Monday.

The ACLU shares a common goal with the conservative Citizens United in gaining better access to government information.

The groups, which have opposing views on multiple issues, have both run into problems from the government when seeking information through Freedom of Information Act requests.

In one instance, Citizens United Chief General Counsel Michael Boos said the State Department told the group it would take "40 to 50 years" to fulfill the organizations’s request.

Boos blames the government's failure to update its system for processing these information requests.

"The government process of dealing with Freedom of Information Act requests has not kept up with technology. The State Department is using antiquated technology," Boos said.

Guliani thinks the government's inability to keep up with information requests prevents policymakers and organizations alike from making informed decisions on key issues. It also leaves many Americans unaware of what’s really going on inside Washington, she said.

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Citizens United Files FOIA Lawsuit Relating to Peter Strzok and DOJ

Citizens United files FOIA lawsuit for any and all Peter Strzok texts with Obama DOJ official Pater Kadzik – we’re they communicating?  The American people have a right to know.

CU v. DOJ FOIA Lawsuit (Strzok/Kadzik emails & texts) by Citizens United on Scribd


CU files FOIA lawsuit for State Department contracts

Citizens United files FOIA lawsuit for State Department contracts.

CU v. State Dept. (State Department Contracts - FOIA) by Citizens United on Scribd


Joint Status Report: State Dept. says it will take at least 45 years to comply with CU FOIA request

Joint Status Report:  State Dept. says it will take at least 45 years to comply with CU FOIA request 

CU v. State Department FOIA Joint Status Report (Victoria Nuland emails, etc.) by Citizens United on Scribd


IJR: Fmr. Trump Deputy Campaign Manager Rebukes Obama's 'Corruption-Free' Administration With List of Scandals

President Donald Trump's former deputy campaign manager David Bossie rebuked the idea that former President Barack Obama had a "corruption-free" administration with a list of the former president's scandals. 

In a column for Bloomberg, written by Albert Hunt, pointed to various polls, which found that Americans largely favor Obama over Trump.

"The explanation seems simpler: a respect for integrity. Obama had it, running a largely corruption-free administration," he wrote. "The Trump presidency, all 16 months of it, has been marked by lies, greed, ethical transgressions and criminal charges."

On Sunday, Bossie appeared on Fox News' "Fox & Friends" with a list of Obama's own controversies.

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CU & CUF Texas Obamacare Amicus Brief Filed

Citizens United joined with other conservative groups to file a "friend of the court" brief in support of a federal lawsuit brought by Texas and several other states with the goal of striking down the Obamacare law in light of Congress having repealed the tax penalty for failure to comply with the law's healthcare insurance mandate.

CU-CUF Texas Obamacare Amicus Brief by Citizens United on Scribd


CU Comments on Proposed FEC Multistate Independent Expenditure Rules

Citizens United letter to FEC - Citizens United is backing a proposed Federal Election Commission rule change aimed at streamlining the reporting procedure for independent expenditures in connection with the presidential nominating process, calling it "a major improvement over the current reporting scheme."

Citizens United letter to FEC re: proposed rule change by Citizens United on Scribd


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State Department Changes Course in CU FOIA Lawsuit

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CU & CUF Statement: Supreme Court Upholds President Trump’s Travel Ban Proclamation

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CU files FOIA for documents relating to October 2016 Christopher Steele political opposition research briefing at State Department

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby...

ACLU and Citizens United agree: the government is withholding too much information

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