Private agency, public dollars-West Virginia
|Common Definition Themes|
|These 5 characteristics tend to recur in most state definitions for private agencies which are subject to FOIA laws.|
|1.) Receive or dispense public funds:|
|2.) Created by a public agency:|
|3.) Present themselves as a public entity:|
|4.) Perform a public function:|
|5.) Controlled or managed by a public entity:|
=The legal history does not mention this characteristic or it has rejected this characteristic as a potential defining aspect.
=This characteristic alone is sufficient to bring an organization under the FOIA.
=This is a part of a compound definition requiring multiple characteristics. The numbers after the symbol indicate the additional requirements.
=This is a characteristic that has been mentioned within the legal history and may aid in deciding whether or not the FOIA law applies to an organization but is not a part of a specific definition.
Kanawha County, West Virginia
The non-profit Charleston Area Alliance in West Virginia receives $100,000 annually from the Kanawha County Commission to provide economic development services to the county. However, the Charleston Area Alliance has refused to provide information about the salaries its officers receive, on the grounds that it is a private organization.
The West Virginia Freedom of Information Act includes in its definition of public body "any other body which is created by state or local authority or which is primarily funded by the state or local authority."
State of West Virginia
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | State Auditor | Superintendent of Schools | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Director of Natural Resources | Commissioner of Labor | Chairman of Public Service Commission |