With a roll of dimes, a book of stamps and a dose of dedication, you too can turn the governments filing cabinets into a treasure chest of knowledge.
The Kentucky Press Association has an excellent primer on the Kentucky Open Records Act. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has the low-down on the federal Freedom of Information Act.
Once youre up to speed on the basics, all you need to do is fire off a letter. The RCFP has made this job easy for you by creating a web-based letter generator. Just choose the appropriate government federal or state/local and then fill in the blanks.
Happy hunting. And dont forget to tip us off when you find something interesting.
- Dig into databases: Track campaign contributions, lobbying expenses, court cases, business records and more.
- Request documents: Find out how to use the Kentucky Open Records Act and the federal Freedom of Information Act to get the government documents you need.
- Contact public officials: Let local, state and federal representatives know whats on your mind.
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