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Citizens for Sunshine

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Citizens for Sunshine is a nonprofit organization based in Akron, Ohio that seeks to improve compliance with Ohio's Open Records Law.[1]

The organization was started in 2007 by Brian Bardwell, a former newspaper reporter with a passion for public records. Frustrated by persistent violations of state law and empowered by recently enacted legislation, Bardwell began filing pro se lawsuits against police departments and other public offices who refused to release records he had requested.[2]

Most notably, Bardwell filed a lawsuit against Marc Dann, then the attorney general of Ohio for access to e-mails between Dann and his scheduler, with whom he was believed to be carrying on an extramarital affair.[3][4] That lawsuit had not been resolved as of early 2009; a magistrate ruled in favor of Bardwell in some matters and for the attorney general's office on others. The attorney general's office has appealed those findings.

References

  1. (dead link) accessdate = January 23, 2009 "Policy and News Updates for February 12, 2008". OpenTheGovernment.org. February 12, 2008. http://www.openthegovernment.org/article/articleview/301/1/111/?TopicID= (dead link) accessdate = January 23, 2009. 
  2. Stephen, Szucs (March 1, 2008). "Man sues agencies over public records", The Chronicle-Telegram (Elyria, Ohio). Retrieved on January 23, 2009. 
  3. Citizens for Sunshine”, Ohio.com. Retrieved on January 23, 2009. 
  4. Willard, Dennis; Warsmith, Stephanie (May 14, 2008). "(dead link) Attorney General Dann resigns", Akron Beacon Journal, Black Press. Retrieved on 2008-05-17.