Remember how when Republicans decided to declare war on bloggers by going after the Blue Hog Writers I promised to give them the war they wanted. Well here’s the first shot.
Following the FOI requests from the Republican Party targeting Matt Campbell and Jeff Woodmansee, Ryan Saylor of Midnight Politics alerted me to the fact that he’s been requesting records from the Secretary of State’s office too, and has set up a paypal account that donations can be made to in order to help facilitate the requests. Thing is, FOI requests apparently cost 11 cents a page and Ryan’s requested a hefty number of documents, coming out to around 350 dollars that he doesn’t have to spare. See, Ryan is a bit like me in that he’s just a guy working a day job, doing the blogger/radio show thing in his spare time, and living pay check to pay check. So I figure, why not help him out and find out what other skeletons are there to be found in the Secretary of State’s office?
So, here’s the page with Midnight Politic’s paypal account to make a donation at the bottom to help with FOI requests. (The link is the same as above, but I’m stressing a point here. The money is solely for FOI requests. It won’t be used for other purposes, Ryan has assured me, and he’s asked me to inform you all that it’s not tax deductible.) I’m throwing in some change to help him because A) I want to know what Martin’s office is so desperate to protect and B) I want to show the Arkansas GOP that bloggers aren’t going to back down, no matter what they do.
Filing an FOI request with Matt and Jeff’s employer was a personal and vengeful attack, all about intimidation and retribution and a grave threat to our fundamental first amendment rights and to a free society. And if Mark Martin had a hand in it, then it’s a case of a politician under fire trying to get a state employee fired for what he was doing in his spare time. And let me be clear, they have found nothing on Matt from the emails handed over by the Supreme Court. So now, last I heard, they were wanting stuff from Jeff, who, get this, works in the library of the University of Arkansas. That’s right, the Arkansas GOP is going through the emails of a librarian at a state college hoping to find some dirt. How pathetic is that?
So yeah, chip in some change to help Ryan do his FOI work. Let’s find out if Martin had his hand in this. Let’s find out if Matt and Jeff were on to something big that they’re trying to cover up. It’s our right to know after all. We are the public, and Martin and his ilk work for us. So yeah, make that contribution. You know you want to. Just scroll to the bottom and click on Ryan’s PayPal link.