For Immediate Release:
February 27, 2015
Following Rep. Grijalva Inspiration, E&E Legal Files FOIA Requests with Georgia Tech, Universities of Colorado and Arizona Seeking Records Relating to Researchers’ Funding
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, the Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal), in conjunction with the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic (FMELC) filed state freedom of information requests with Georgia Tech University and the Universities of Colorado and Arizona, seeking records relating to three researchers’ funding and applicable conflicts policies.
Specifically, the record requests ask for documents describing the universities’ policy or policies relating to disclosure applying to the individuals; records in the universities’ possession relating to outside funding, grants, or other contributions made to support their work at these state schools; records involving their outside funding, including consulting fees, promotional considerations, speaking fees, honoraria, travel expenses, salary and other compensation or monies given to the researchers which did not originate with the universities; financial disclosure forms in which the researchers list the university or the State as their affiliation; and records reflecting their total annual compensation for each year at the university.
Those who have followed recent news reports may notice that these requests were inspired by and even replicated the requests that U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) made to seven universities, including two of these three schools. The day before, E&E Legal and FME Law, joined by Delaware public interest group the Caesar Rodney Institute, sent a similar request to the University of Delaware, also targeted by Grijalva’s demand. In his letters, Congressman Grijalva notes that the “disclosure of a few key pieces of information will establish the impartiality of climate research and policy recommendations published in your institute’s name…