February 3, 2016

America Rising PAC Demands Transparency From Mayor DeBlasio On Clinton Travel

Following reports that New York City Mayor and Hillary Clinton surrogate Bill de Blasio is stonewalling requests from reporters for information about travel by him and more than a dozen members of his staff to campaign for Clinton in Iowa, America Rising PAC submitted a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request to discover whether any taxpayer resources were used to plan and execute the trip.

Politico New York reported:

The PAC first filed a Freedom of Information request with de Blasio’s office in October, seeking records of any communications between Clinton’s campaign and six of de Blasio’s top staffers, as news reports circulated that the mayor and Clinton’s camp were in talks about a possible endorsement.

But the PAC amended its request this week, after the New York Post reported that de Blasio’s staff declined to give the names of 15 staffers who traveled to Iowa this weekend with de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray to canvass on Clinton’s behalf. America Rising is now seeking records of any communications between the mayor’s office and Clinton’s campaign that could show if the coordination or planning of the Iowa trip was conducted on the taxpayer dime.

In addition to America Rising’s inquiries, Mayor de Blasio and his office are likely to face increased scrutiny regarding their handling of FOIL requests in the wake of a bombshell Associated Press report published Wednesday, which details City Hall’s lack of transparency:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio denied he was micromanaging his image last year when his lawyers issued a sweeping mandate to review all public records requests that could “reflect directly on the mayor.”

But the first batch of more than 50 requests forwarded to City Hall, and obtained by The Associated Press, reveal many in which the “sensitivity or controversy” for the mayor’s office is tenuous at best. Some are downright innocuous.

View America Rising’s FOIL request here.