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From: Andy Kroll

To: FOIA
Subject: FOIA request - Mother Jones magazine
Date: Friday, January 27, 2017 3:02:33 PM

Hey there This is Andy Kroll with Mother Jones magazine. Please find below a new FOIA
request. Dont hesitate to call or email me at your convenience. Thanks.

Andy

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Senior Reporter
Mother Jones
202-803-6665
@AndyKroll

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Federal Election Commission


Attn: FOIA Requester Service Center
Room 408
999 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20463

Andy Kroll
Mother Jones
1319 F St NW Suite 810
Washington, DC 20004
akroll@motherjones.com
202-803-6665

27 January 2017

Dear Sir/Madam:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I request that a copy of the following
document(s) be provided to me: all emails sent from the accounts
"commissionermcgahn@fec.gov" and "dmcgahn@fec.gov" during the time frame specified
below.

Date Range: July 9, 2008 to September 30, 2013

Description of requested records: Copies of all email sent (not sent and received; only sent)
from two FEC email accounts: "commissionermcgahn@fec.gov" and "dmcgahn@fec.gov"

In order to help determine fees, you should know that I am a representative of the news media.
As such, I am only required to pay for the direct cost of duplication after the first 100 pages.
I am a reporter at Mother Jones magazine, an award-winning print and web publication with a
readership of over 9 million people nationally, per month. As you can see on our website,
MotherJones.com, our content is original analysis, not aggregation of information. We have a
proven record of ably gathering information on current events, synthesizing that information
into distinct journalistic work, and then disseminating it to a broad public.

I request a waiver of any applicable fees. Given that Mother Jones is run by the Foundation for
National Progress, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, the requested documents are not
primarily in my commercial interest.

If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to
specific exemptions of the act. I will also expect you to release all segregable portions of
otherwise exempt material. I reserve the right to appeal your decision to withhold any
information or to deny a waiver of fees.

I look forward to your reply within 20 business days, as the statute requires. Please send this
information in electronic format wherever possible.

As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is of timely value, I would
appreciate your communicating with me by telephone or email, rather than by mail. If you
would like to discuss the scope of this request or have any other questions, I can be reached at
202-803-6665 or at akroll@motherjones.com. Thank you for your consideration of my
request.

Sincerely,
Andy Kroll
Senior reporter, Mother Jones
From: FOIA
To: akroll@motherjones.com
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request No. 2017-036 (Part 1)
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 10:38:08 AM
Attachments: FOIA 2017-036 - Documents Part 1 Redacted.pdf

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Andy Kroll
Mother Jones
1319 F Street, NW
Suite 810
Washington, DC 20004
Email: akroll@motherjones.com

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. 2017-036

Dear Mr. Kroll:

This email is in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) dated and received by the Federal Election Commissions (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center
on January 27, 2017. You requested for the date range of July 9, 2008 to September 30, 2013:

[A]ll emails sent from the accounts commissionermcgahn@fec.gov and


dmcgahn@fec.gov.

We have completed our review of documents responsive to your request. Please find attached the
responsive documents with privileged and other exempt information redacted. Attached is Part 1 of
the responsive documents. Due to Outlooks file size limitations, Parts 2 and 3 of the responsive
documents are being circulated by separate emails. We have redacted conciliation information
under FOIA Exemption 3(A). Exemption 3(A) protects from disclosure information that is specifically
exempted from disclosure by statute. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(3)(A). Pursuant to the Federal Election
Campaign Act, the FEC may not disclose information related to any conciliation attempt. 52 U.S.C.
30109(a)(4)(B)(i). We have also redacted privileged information under FOIA Exemption 5. FOIA
Exemption 5 protects from disclosure inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which
would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency. 5 U.S.C.
552(b)(5). Additional information has been redacted pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 6 and 7(F).
Exemption 6 protects from disclosure information about individuals in personnel and similar files
when the disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of
personal privacy. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6). Exemption 7(F) protects from disclosure information in law
enforcement records the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or
physical safety of any individual.

We have withheld in full approximately 19 pages under Exemption 3(A). Also, we have withheld in
full approximately 3,271 pages under Exemption 5. A total of approximately 17 pages were withheld
in full under Exemption 6. Another approximately 8 pages have been withheld in full under both
Exemptions 5 and 6. No full pages were redacted under 7(F). Accordingly, your FOIA request has
been granted in part.

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Kate Higginbothom, at (202) 694-1650 for any further
assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of
Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to
inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows:
Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601
Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-
741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing
to the Chief FOIA Officer, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20463,
or sending an e-mail to foia@fec.gov. Any such appeal should follow the guidelines set forth in the
Commissions FOIA regulations at 11 C.F.R. 4.8. Thank you for contacting the FEC.

Sincerely,


Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service Center
From: FOIA
To: akroll@motherjones.com
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request No. 2017-036 (Part 2)
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 10:39:08 AM
Attachments: FOIA 2017-036 - Documents Part 2 Redacted.pdf

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Andy Kroll
Mother Jones
1319 F Street, NW
Suite 810
Washington, DC 20004
Email: akroll@motherjones.com

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. 2017-036

Dear Mr. Kroll:

This email is in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) dated and received by the Federal Election Commissions (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center
on January 27, 2017. You requested for the date range of July 9, 2008 to September 30, 2013:

[A]ll emails sent from the accounts commissionermcgahn@fec.gov and


dmcgahn@fec.gov.

We have completed our review of documents responsive to your request. Please find attached the
responsive documents with privileged and other exempt information redacted. Attached is Part 2 of
the responsive documents. Due to Outlooks file size limitations, Parts 1 and 3 of the responsive
documents are being circulated by separate emails. We have redacted conciliation information
under FOIA Exemption 3(A). Exemption 3(A) protects from disclosure information that is specifically
exempted from disclosure by statute. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(3)(A). Pursuant to the Federal Election
Campaign Act, the FEC may not disclose information related to any conciliation attempt. 52 U.S.C.
30109(a)(4)(B)(i). We have also redacted privileged information under FOIA Exemption 5. FOIA
Exemption 5 protects from disclosure inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which
would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency. 5 U.S.C.
552(b)(5). Additional information has been redacted pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 6 and 7(F).
Exemption 6 protects from disclosure information about individuals in personnel and similar files
when the disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of
personal privacy. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6). Exemption 7(F) protects from disclosure information in law
enforcement records the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or
physical safety of any individual.

We have withheld in full approximately 19 pages under Exemption 3(A). Also, we have withheld in
full approximately 3,271 pages under Exemption 5. A total of approximately 17 pages were withheld
in full under Exemption 6. Another approximately 8 pages have been withheld in full under both
Exemptions 5 and 6. No full pages were redacted under 7(F). Accordingly, your FOIA request has
been granted in part.

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Kate Higginbothom, at (202) 694-1650 for any further
assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of
Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to
inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows:
Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601
Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-
741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing
to the Chief FOIA Officer, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20463,
or sending an e-mail to foia@fec.gov. Any such appeal should follow the guidelines set forth in the
Commissions FOIA regulations at 11 C.F.R. 4.8. Thank you for contacting the FEC.

Sincerely,


Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service Center

From: FOIA
To: akroll@motherjones.com
Subject: Freedom of Information Act Request No. 2017-036 (Part 3)
Date: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 10:41:00 AM
Attachments: FOIA 2017-036 - Documents Part 3 Redacted.pdf

VIA ELECTRONIC MAIL

Andy Kroll
Mother Jones
1319 F Street, NW
Suite 810
Washington, DC 20004
Email: akroll@motherjones.com

Re: Freedom of Information Act Request No. 2017-036

Dear Mr. Kroll:

This email is in response to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) dated and received by the Federal Election Commissions (FEC) FOIA Requester Service Center
on January 27, 2017. You requested for the date range of July 9, 2008 to September 30, 2013:

[A]ll emails sent from the accounts commissionermcgahn@fec.gov and


dmcgahn@fec.gov.

We have completed our review of documents responsive to your request. Please find attached the
responsive documents with privileged and other exempt information redacted. Attached is Part 3 of
the responsive documents. Due to Outlooks file size limitations, Parts 1 and 2 of the responsive
documents are being circulated by separate emails. We have redacted conciliation information
under FOIA Exemption 3(A). Exemption 3(A) protects from disclosure information that is specifically
exempted from disclosure by statute. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(3)(A). Pursuant to the Federal Election
Campaign Act, the FEC may not disclose information related to any conciliation attempt. 52 U.S.C.
30109(a)(4)(B)(i). We have also redacted privileged information under FOIA Exemption 5. FOIA
Exemption 5 protects from disclosure inter-agency or intra-agency memorandums or letters which
would not be available by law to a party other than an agency in litigation with the agency. 5 U.S.C.
552(b)(5). Additional information has been redacted pursuant to FOIA Exemptions 6 and 7(F).
Exemption 6 protects from disclosure information about individuals in personnel and similar files
when the disclosure of such information would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of
personal privacy. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6). Exemption 7(F) protects from disclosure information in law
enforcement records the disclosure of which could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or
physical safety of any individual.

We have withheld in full approximately 19 pages under Exemption 3(A). Also, we have withheld in
full approximately 3,271 pages under Exemption 5. A total of approximately 17 pages were withheld
in full under Exemption 6. Another approximately 8 pages have been withheld in full under both
Exemptions 5 and 6. No full pages were redacted under 7(F). Accordingly, your FOIA request has
been granted in part.

You may contact our FOIA Public Liaison, Kate Higginbothom, at (202) 694-1650 for any further
assistance and to discuss any aspect of your request. Additionally, you may contact the Office of
Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration to
inquire about the FOIA mediation services they offer. The contact information for OGIS is as follows:
Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601
Adelphi Road-OGIS, College Park, Maryland 20740-6001, e-mail at ogis@nara.gov; telephone at 202-
741-5770; toll free at 1-877-684-6448; or facsimile at 202-741-5769.

If you are not satisfied with the response to this request, you may administratively appeal by writing
to the Chief FOIA Officer, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20463,
or sending an e-mail to foia@fec.gov. Any such appeal should follow the guidelines set forth in the
Commissions FOIA regulations at 11 C.F.R. 4.8. Thank you for contacting the FEC.

Sincerely,


Robert M. Kahn
FOIA Requester Service Center