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Romney camp blitzes MA Guv Patrick’s office with records request searching for contact with Obama team shoguns Axelrod, Plouffe and Messina.

Reps second Romney camp comeback to this Boston Globe story.

Dems go tit-for-tat route, FOIA MA counsel’s office for emails between Romney and staffers who purchased computer hard drives before wiping records on office computers.

Read the FOIA letters below.

Romney FOIA Request:

Dear Governor Patrick:

As you know, state law strictly prohibits you and your staff from using public resources for political campaign purposes. Under state law, a public employee may not provide services to a candidate or campaign during his or her work hours.

Nonetheless, it is evident that your office has become an opposition research arm of the Obama reelection campaign. The latest example occurred yesterday when your chief legal counsel, Mark Reilly, in the absence of a legitimate public records request, supplied The Boston Globe with copies of cancelled checks from 2006 documenting the lawful purchase of computer equipment by departing members of the Romney administration. This action was nothing more than a weak attempt to disparage practices that you know were in complete compliance with the law.

Given the amount of time your staff is apparently spending to assist the Obama campaign, I request that you provide us with copies of all email correspondence, phone logs, and visitor logs showing contacts that David Axelrod, David Plouffe and Jim Messina have had with you and members of the Executive Office from 2007 to the present.

At a time when unemployment is at unacceptably high levels, both here in Massachusetts and around the country, the people of Massachusetts deserve to know that you are focused on alleviating joblessness – not running a dirty tricks shop for your friend, President Obama.

Sincerely,

Matt Rhoades
Campaign Manager
Romney for President

DNC FOIA Request:

Dear Mr. Reilly,

This is a request under the Massachusetts Public Records Law (M. G. L. Chapter 66, Section 10).

I am requesting that I be provided a copy of the following records:

Ø Any and all electronic correspondence (i.e., email) between January 2, 2003 and January 4, 2007 to or from Beth E. Myers, Peter G. Flaherty, or any of the other nine (9) officials of Governor W. Mitt Romney’s Administration as identified in the Boston Globe article of November 17, 2011 (“Before leaving office, Romney staff wiped records”), who purchased a computer hard drive from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, relating to a request for such a purchase, the purposes of such a purchase, or the legal authority pursuant to which such purchases were made.

Ø Any and all Forms RCB-2 completed by Governor W. Mitt Romney or any employee of the Executive Office of the Governor between January 2, 2003 and January 4, 2007 and submitted to the Massachusetts Records Conservation Board that seek permission to destroy, take personal possession of, or remove from official premises, records, including a description of such records.

I recognize that you may charge reasonable costs for copies, as well as for personnel time needed to comply with this request. As you may be aware, the Public Records Law requires you to provide me with a written response within 10 calendar days.

Recognizing that it might require considerably more time, and involve more expense, we would also appreciate a fee estimate for locating and providing:

Ø Any and all electronic correspondence (i.e., email) to or from Governor W. Mitt Romney or Romney Administration officials between January 2, 2003 and January 4, 2007 containing any of the following terms in either the subject line or the body of the message: “delete emails,” “destroy records,” “government transparency,” “president,” “presidential,” “campaign,” “flip-flop,” “political expediency,” “move to the right,” “more conservative,” “change position,” “abortion,” “stem cell,” “guns,” “assault weapons ban,” “Right to Bear Arms Day,” “climate change,” “global warming,” “carbon dioxide emissions,” “CO2 emissions,” “Planned Parenthood,” “Massachusetts Right To Life,” “raise taxes and fees,” “ranked 47th in job creation,” and “Bush economic policies.”

Title 950 of the Code of Massachusetts Regulations §32.08(1) reads in relevant part, “the custodian, within ten days of the request for access, shall in writing set forth the reasons for such denial. The denial shall specifically include the exemption or exemptions in the definition of public records upon which the denial is based.”

If you cannot comply with my request, please specifically set forth the reasons as required by 950 C.M.R. §32.08(1).

Sincerely,

Related Topics: Andrea Saul, Barack Obama, David Axelrod, David Plouffe, Deval Patrick, FOIA, Jim Messina, Matt Rhoades, Mitt Romney, 2012 Elections, Democratic Party, News, Republican Party, The Page, White House

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