Profs File Mock FOIA Against Mackinac Center 4-07-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Profs File Mock FOIA Against Mackinac Center 4-07-2011

The American Federation of Teachers backed by union representatives announced Thursday its own Freedom of Information Act Request to officials at the Mackinac Center -- sort of.
The "mock" FOIA request was made after the free-market think tank asked to see all emails sent by labor professors at the University of Michigan and Wayne State and Michigan State universities that mention the words "Scott Walker," "Wisconsin," "Madison" and "Maddow."
Mackinac Center originally filed a controversial FOIA request and has since received numerous bomb and death threats.
The American Federation of Teachers said the FOIA requests were an attack on unions and academic free speech. Their FOIA is seeking emails from Mackinac Center heads that mention the words "Governor Snyder," Wage Surveys," Benefit Deferred Pensions" and "Concessions."
Ken Braun, the center's director and managing editor of www.michigancapitolconfidential.com, the Mackinac Center's online news page, said the FOIA requests were designed to find out whether any public resources were being used by professors to further the political goals of unions or left-wing organizations, something that could be illegal, not meant to embarrass or threaten professors who are tolerant of organized labor.
Braun said the center frequently places requests under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act.
The Mackinac Center is protected under federal law from any FOIA request since it is a privately funded organization.
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