These days the State of Vermont only releases certain public records if you pay good money for it. Which is what Vermont Daily, Vermont Right to Life, and gubernatorial candidate John Klar decided to do to get information about government communications with Planned Parenthood.
“Klar, an attorney, was originally quoted a fee of $7,232.33 to view the records, but amended his November 18 request to shorten the requested time frame and reduce costs. AG Donovan has defended the high fees charged by his office for copy requests, arguing he has a duty to save taxpayers money. Klar asserts taxpayers have a right to know whether important elected officials violate ethics or campaign finance laws in close relationships with powerful Political Action Committees like Planned Parenthood’s. Klar raised $2,383.00 of the copy fees through a gofundme effort; the balance of $861.28 was provided by Vermont Right to Life, a pro-life organization that also wishes to examine the requested records."
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