Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Ally Miller shakes down reporters, wants to be paid for public records

Quote of the day: "They are public records, not Ally Miller's records." - Dan Barr quoted by this Daily Star report.

Supervisor Ally Miller has presented a bill to news agencies looking into whether a staffer who recently resigned was involved in the creation of a short-lived and dubious news site.

Miller took to Facebook recently to complain about the thousands of pages of public records she reviewed personally, and now wants the media to pay for them. The Arizona Daily Star is among the news agencies that are seeking the emails about the creation of the Arizona Daily Herald.

On Wednesday, the Star received a $1,171.80 bill for the 3,348 pages of e-mails Miller says she reviewed. The Tucson Sentinel received a similar bill.

Miller is "late to the party" when it comes to trying to intimidate reporters by proposing outrageous fees for public documents, says Dan Barr, a First Amendment attorney in Phoenix.

Under Arizona law, the emails should be provided in their original format —electronically — which should significantly reduce the cost of the public records, he notes.

Barr also questions why Miller is involved in reviewing the emails rather than having it done by county staff trained in public records law who don't have a personal interest in what information is released.

"They are public records, not Ally Miller's records," Barr said.

I wonder what she's hiding.

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