Watchdog Group Sues Department of Education Over Election-Related Activities

Watchdog Group Sues Department of Education Over Election-Related Activities

  • March 14, 2024

Karen Townsend, HotAir

When Joe Biden became president he promised that his administration would be the most transparent ever. He has since proven that statement to be a lie.

Perhaps the Department of Education didn’t get the memo. It has been stonewalling a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for eighteen months. Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Education. The reason is if federal funds and government agencies are being used to further the aims of a political party or campaign, the public should know about it. Those agencies involved should not be withholding records about their activities.

So, in September 2022, PPT filed a FOIA request with the Department of Education. It requested communications and implementation records from Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and five of his department’s key officials regarding EO 14019.

It has been since March 2023 that PPT has had communication from the Department of Education on the FOIA request. The stonewalling continues.

PPT Director Michael Chamberlain issued a statement.

“This is a bad look for the Department of Education,” said PPT Director Michael Chamberlain. “Not only has ED performed a 180 on guidance designed to prevent the use of federal funds for partisan purposes, but the agency also is trying to avoid its obligations under the law to provide records about this program. After a year and a half, we still don’t know when or even whether Education will produce the documents. Trust in government is at an all-time low. If it’s going to be restored, citizens must be certain that the bureaucracy works for them, and not for political purposes.”

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