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Commonwealthy brings hope and support in the form of ideas for activism, political campaign training, products and book recommendations. Written for those who believe that government is not the panacea for all our problems.

Whether you call yourself a classical Liberal, Tea Partier, Conservative, Libertarian, Republican, Constitution Party member, free marketer, Austrian School of Economics subscriber, objectivist, Second Amendment supporter, or any of the other myriad ways to express your belief in less government, Commonwealthy is a place to come together to share campaign and activism ideas and draw strength and courage to go out and fight the statist system through the exercising of our Constitutional rights.

 

Feb 23, 2016

I am so excited to finally have Jason A. Hart on the podcast to explain how to use FOIA. Every political activist should understand the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Jason is an Ohio based reporter who will give you the basics.

It is essential that activists, candidates and concerned citizens keep tabs on their governing bodies. Both elected, as well as those who are employed by the taxpayers, need to be reminded that those they work for are watching. FOIA is key in finding out what government is doing and where the money is going. The world needs many more citizens requesting information, and voters demanding that the information be shared in a timely and forthright manner.

Even if you don’t plan to immediately make any FOIA requests, you need to understand the right and the process. Unfortunately most people have never even heard of FOIA let alone used it. Jason makes it simple in today’s interview.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • What the Freedom of Information Act is- learn about FOIA and what is it called on the state level
  • What types of information can you ask for- learn some of the many types of information can request and what you cannot request
  • How to be specific enough to get your request filled- using dates, names, subjects and other criteria in your request
  • How this works at the state level- learn if is it different then a federal request and what departments should you be contacting
  • What a reasonable amount of time to wait for a response is- learn when the government is dragging their feet or even blocking you from getting your information

Resources

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press: website

Watchdog.org: website

Contact information:

Jason A. Hart
Twitter: @jasonahart
Email: jhart@watchdog.org

John Tsarpalas
Twitter: @JTsarpalas
Email: john@commonwealthy.com