The Center for Public Integrity is a national leader among news outlets in its use of Freedom of Information Act litigation to seek data from government agencies, according to a new survey.
The Center has taken federal agencies to court 17 times since 2000 for failing to hand over public records, ranking it third among news organizations that have filed lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act, according to the survey. Among those that ranked behind the Center: the Associated Press, Fox News, Bloomberg and the Los Angeles Times. The survey leaders were the New York Times and Jason Leopold of Vice News.
The new report is the work of the FOIA project, a new initiative from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse Universe; TRAC is a data research organization that tracks staffing, spending and enforcement activities of the federal government. The FOIA project published a list early last week of 369 news organizations and individuals that have filed lawsuits under FOIA since late 2000.