The Center for Public Integrity is once again among the nation’s media leaders in filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits to obtain government records, according to a new report from a Syracuse University-based research organization.
The FOIA Project, part of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse, ranked the Center for Public Integrity third for most FOIA lawsuits filed by a news organization since 2001, behind only the New York Times and reporter Jason Leopold, now of Buzzfeed. Those results put the Center well ahead of such household names as the Associated Press, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
The research project found that 91 news organizations and 161 reporters have brought lawsuits against the federal government for access to government records since the dawn of the George W. Bush administration. The Center for Public Integrity filed 26 suits from 2001 until June 2018. The New York Times filed 55 suits and Leopold filed 46 suits in the same time period.