Progress Michigan v. Schuette

by Progress Michigan

Progress Michigan v. Schuette

by Progress Michigan
Progress Michigan
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Progress Michigan
We provide a strong voice that holds public officials and government accountable, assists in the promotion of progressive ideas and uses digital media to support progressive values and causes.

Schuette Case Update - Progress Michigan

May 16, 2017

Thank you so much for supporting our suit against Bill Schuette's office! Your pledge helps a great deal in our fight to create true accountability for Michigan citizens. We wanted to give our supporters an important update on our case.

The deadline for Attorney General Bill Schuette to respond to our lawsuit is May 18 – this Thursday! This is one of the most important days in our case...

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Progress Michigan has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office for refusing to follow Michigan FOIA law by withholding personal emails that were used to conduct state business. This lawsuit is not just about getting a politician to release emails. And this case has no political motive. It's about the right for voters to have full access to the official business in which their elected officials are engaged.

In late 2016, through a number of previous FOIA requests, we discovered numerous correspondences that 13 AG office staffers had used personal email accounts to conduct official State of Michigan business – including Bill Schuette himself. Our requests to see the emails have been denied thus far because Bill Schuette’s office said they do not exist – despite the fact that we have nearly two-dozen examples that prove they did exist at some point in time. If the Attorney General’s office lied about possessing these records, it broke the law. If Schuette’s office deleted the requested documents, that may be illegal as well. Either way, Bill Schuette has a lot of explaining to do to the people of Michigan.

The legal costs to bring this case are estimated to be between $25,000 and $40,000 dollars. This includes litigation, depositions, travel and other case related expenses. We are trying to raise at least $7,000 to help us cover the costs, and we need your help to get us there!

We do not elect politicians so they can secretly engage in any business they like without accountability. Yet, that's what the Michigan is currently getting – according to the Center for Public Integrity, Michigan ranks dead last in transparency and accountability. The people of Michigan deserve a government that operates in an open, transparent manner – with your help, they will finally be able to see the inner workings of the Attorney General’s office that has tried so hard to shield certain activities from public view.

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Schuette Case Update - Progress Michigan

May 16, 2017

Thank you so much for supporting our suit against Bill Schuette's office! Your pledge helps a great deal in our fight to create true accountability for Michigan citizens. We wanted to give our supporters an important update on our case.

The deadline for Attorney General Bill Schuette to respond to our lawsuit is May 18 – this Thursday! This is one of the most important days in our case so far – it will either result in new information related to our requests or it will provide insight into the Attorney General's office's legal strategy for this case. Regardless of what is unveiled on Thursday, we need to make sure we have the resources available to immediately respond in whatever manner our attorney feels is necessary.

If you've already pledged to the case, we know you care about what we're doing – and we need your continued support now to make sure we hit our goal. Here's how you can help:

  1. Tell 5 people about this case! Please share our CrowdJustice case link with 5 friends or colleagues and ask them to support our cause. Tell them Michigan ranks dead last in transparency and ethics and Progress Michigan is fighting like hell to change that with the resources that we're able to collect from allies like you. The most important thing is to share the link to our case page – here it is: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/schuette/
  2. Consider doubling your pledge. If we don't hit our $7,000 goal, WE DON'T RECEIVE ANY OF THE MONEY PLEDGED. It would make an enormous difference to our efforts if you could double your pledge right now!

We truly appreciate your support – your participation in this process is what's going to make us succeed in Michigan!

The Progress Michigan Team

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