A Little Detective Work

FOIA request

Friends of South Carolina,

Are you ready to shake up our state legislature and the Governor?

Do you want to see their knee’s knocking in fear of the voters?

Then read on and help us shine some light on the secretive operations of state government!

I related in my last post how what we asked for in the government restructuring bill, H3066, is not what we got.

We wanted real reform that would limit state government authority, save tax payers money, and give us a future full of opportunity for prosperity.

Instead, we got snookered.

According to a report by the South Carolina Policy Council, none of the reforms that we asked for were fully implemented despite thousands of South Carolina citizens all across the state asking for them.

Now, it is time to find out why our elected officials ignored us.

We must hold them accountable for what they failed to do.

We are going to find out what other outside influence they had, if any, that lead them to consolidate their power and diffuse their responsibility to the voters of this state.

The tool we will use to do this is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Government officials hate FOIA requests because they must give up communications such as e-mails, letters, and faxes that they’d rather keep secret!

The FOIA law requires them to provide these documents if requested.

Please, help us by making this FOIA request to your state Senator, your state Representative, and the Governor.

Simply copy and paste the form at the end of this post.  Its as simple as that.

Let us know at RealSCReform@gmail.com who you have sent a request to.

With this FOIA request, we are requiring each of our elected officials to provide all communication to and from them related to the restructuring of South Carolina’s government.

This will give us insight into whom and what is influencing their decision to ignore the plain and simple common sense request from their constituents.

This will give us the tools we need to hold them accountable.

It is very important that you assist with this FOIA request.

Should your elected official give you notice that there will be any cost related to this request, forward the notice of the cost to me, Talbert Black Jr, at talbert@palmettoliberty.com.

Because the requested information is in the public interest, there should be no cost.  Palmetto Liberty will address that issue if it arises.

So please, today, copy the form below to send it to your state Senator, state Representative and the Governor right away.  Remember, let us know at RealSCReform@gmail.com who you have sent a request to.  We need to track our progress.

They are already taking a “victory lap” claiming a job well done for this restructuring bill.  It is time to end the celebration and hold them accountable for ignoring the simple common sense request of their constituents.

The request to the governor can be sent to NikkiHaley@gov.sc.gov.

You can find your Senator and Representative at this link by entering your address.  Once you have entered your address you will see your state Senator and your state Representative.  You can click on their names to get their contact information and to send them a message.

You can copy and paste the form below into an e-mail.

All you need to do is to replace the bracketed text with whatever is appropriate for you and your elected official.

If you need any help, please ask me at talbert@talbertblack.com.

Please make sure you copy RealSCReform@gmail.com on your request so we can keep up with how many requests are sent and who has received a request.

We hope that each and every Senator and Representative, and the Governor receives multiple requests.  They need to understand that we don’t accept what they are offering up as restructuring.


Talbert Black Jr.

Palmetto Liberty PAC

P.S.  Our elected officials have ignored the repeated plain and simple request from their constituents to reform state government according the recommendations of the South Carolina Policy Council.

It is time to find out why they have ignored us and what other outside influences they are under, if any.

Please copy the following FOIA request and send it to your state Senator, state Representative, and the Governor.  Simply replace the bracketed information with what is appropriate for you and your elected official.

Please make sure you inform us by cc’ing the e-mail or by sending a note to RealSCReform@gmail.com so we can keep up with who has received the FOIA request and who has not.

The request to the governor can be sent to NikkiHaley@gov.sc.gov.

You can find your state Senator and state Representative by following this link.

—Begin copy of FOIA request—

[Name/Title of Official]

[Mailing address of official]

Dear [Senator/Representative/Governor LNAME],

The following request is made under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act.

Please provide me with copies of all correspondence, including, but not limited to, letters, memos, faxes and emails, to and from you, as well as to and from any of your staff, between June 1, 2011, and the present date regarding the creation of a Department of Administration, dissolution of the Budget and Control Board or any other issues related to restructuring in state government.

I would like to request a waiver of any fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations and activities of state government.

However, if there is any anticipated cost, please provide an estimate prior to providing the requested records; and please provide the methodology used to determine the anticipated fees.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact me at [enter contact information here].



—End copy of FOIA request—



About Talbert Black

Talbert Black Jr is the founder of Palmetto Liberty PAC. His education in state politics & citizen lobbying began in 1999 with his membership in GrassRoots GunRights SC. In 2008 he joined the Campaign for Liberty and within a year he was the Interim State Coordinator for South Carolina. His goal for Palmetto Liberty PAC is to change to composition of South Carolina’s General Assembly so that it consistently supports conservative principles.

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