Transparency News 7/31/18



July 31, 2018


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state & local news stories


Purcellville Police Chief Cynthia McAlister and another town police officer have been cleared of accusations of misconduct after a nearly year-long saga that cost town taxpayers more than $800,000. McAlister will return to her position of police chief on Aug. 1, according to a town statement released Monday night. Officer Kris Fraley, who has been on administrative leave during the investigation, has also been cleared of any wrongdoing. It was not immediately clear whether Fraley will return to service with the town.
The Loudoun Times-Mirror


stories of national interest

The Broward (Florida) Sheriff’s Office must release surveillance footage showing the actions of law enforcement officers responding to the Parkland school shooting, an appeals court ruled Wednesday. Several media organizations, including the Miami Herald, had sued to compel the release of school security camera footage soon after the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The footage may shed light on what law enforcement officers did as Nikolas Cruz gunned down students and staff in the freshman building before fleeing campus.
Miami Herald

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo appears to have sidestepped the city’s public information rules and state law during negotiations with arena opponents earlier this year.  An El Paso Inc. review of 155 pages of emails and documents, obtained from arena opponents and through public information requests, found that at least seven emails sent and received by the mayor from his personal email account were not forwarded to his official city account.  The city should have produced those emails, which involve city business, in response to El Paso Inc.’s public information request but they were missing.
El Paso Inc.




editorials & columns


In response to attacks from left-wing critics, the Charles Koch Foundation said last week that it will post all future multiyear agreements with universities online. The Foundation is one of the nation’s most generous contributors to higher education in the United States, ladling out $90 million in gifts in 2017. Among the biggest beneficiaries has been the Mercatus Center, a free market/fiscal conservative think tank, and to a lesser degree the Antonin Scalia Law School, at George Mason University. Although the Koch Foundation has committed to increased transparency, its critics are not satisfied. At least the Koch Foundation files a 990 form with the Internal Revenue Service, which you can view here. The foundation may not live up to UnKoch My Campus’s lofty ideals for transparency, but then… neither does UnKoch My Campus. UnKoch My Campus does not publish any agreements it has with funders. It doesn’t even identify its funders.
James Bacon, Bacons Rebellion