FOIAengine: Conservative Activists, Law Firms, Non-Profits Signal Competing Agendas

FOIAengine: Conservative Activists, Law Firms, Non-Profits Signal Competing Agendas

  • March 27, 2024

Randy E. Miller, Law Street Media

A review of the most recent Freedom of Information Act requests made to the Food and Drug Administration illustrates how political organizations, law firms, news media, and financial firms are actively using FOIA requests to pursue their business and policy objectives. This article describes the insights gained by a review of those requests. The FDA received 1,098 FOIA requests during February, compared with 1,036 during January.

Protect the Public’s Trust’s FOIA requests seek records regarding communications with the Department of Health and Human Services and the CTP regarding menthol cigarettes, and records related to Triton Distribution and Vapetasia LLC, two manufacturers of e-cigarettes who sued the FDA to overturn its ban of the companies’ products.

PPT describes itself as a “nonpartisan government watchdog organization that seeks to ensure that public officials are all held accountable to the same set of rules, no matter their political party or ideology. To this end, PPT monitors senior officials across the U.S. government for improper and illegal behaviors, self-dealing, and other conflicts of interest, and informs the public to bolster public trust.”

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