GOP LAW ENFORCEMENT CHIEFS INVITED DONORS TO HELP SET POLICY VIA SECRET BULLETIN
GOP LAW ENFORCEMENT CHIEFS INVITED DONORS TO HELP SET POLICY VIA SECRET BULLETIN BOARD+
AN ASSOCIATION OF top Republican law enforcement officials has created a secret online bulletin board called the “Briefing Room” that’s allowing big donors to help shape legal policy, according to records reviewed by MapLight and The Intercept.
The Republican Attorneys General Association frequently directs officials working for GOP attorneys general to review files posted on the file-sharing website before participating in conference calls hosted by RAGA’s nonprofit policy arm, the Rule of Law Defense Fund. The association works to get Republicans elected to the top law enforcement job at the state level. The Briefing Room is hosted by RLDF on the virtual cloud website, box.com.
Republican law enforcement officials in more than a dozen states denied having records of the bulletin board or argued that documents kept on the Briefing Room shouldn’t be made public. Nine offices said they have no records of communications with RAGA or RLDF. While communications between elected officials and RAGA and RLDF should be subject to disclosure under open records laws, the secret bulletin board can shield the correspondence from public reach.
Zack Roday, a RAGA spokesperson, said the Briefing Room is a tool for RLDF staff to share policy documents “with the RLDF team.” While a 2016 RAGA information sheet offered “posting access” to the Briefing Room for donors who give more than $25,000 annually, Roday said the file “was worded incorrectly and has been changed.” He insisted that only RLDF staff can upload documents to the bulletin board….
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