It appears that, in the world of public information disclosure, it’s all about who you know.
According to Sound Politics, Move King County Now (pro-Prop 1 group) campaign manager April Putney made a public records request to King County Councilmember Larry Phillips on January 28. Putney asked for the “contact list of people identified by Councilmember Phillips (or any other councilmember…) as transit advocates.” The office of Councilmember Phillips fulfilled Putney’s request the very next day. Putney received a “spreadsheet of over 4,500 records with names and e-mail addresses of identified transit advocates.”
Why does this matter? Here’s some perspective:
The county responded to a certain public records request for “communications between April Putney and the office of Councilmember Larry Phillips” with an expected fulfillment date of April 22—conveniently, Proposition 1’s Election Day.
Another request, further narrowed to include “emails between April Putney and Councilmember Larry Phillips,” required prompting to receive an expected fulfillment date of April 10. Ultimately, the county took 3 weeks to respond with 3 emails—a far cry from 4,500 records in one day.
Sound Politics points out that Putney’s “request was most likely pre-arranged, with Putney filing the request to make it “official” so Phillips could hand over information she knew was already compiled.” We concur.
Using public records to influence an election… the tricks of King County Democrats.