Keystone Progress Asks For Corbett Records

Keystone Progress has filed right to know requests for communications involving Attorney General Tom Corbett’s frivolous lawsuit against enactment of health insurance reform.  The group is seeking to discover if their was collusion among Republican Attorneys General in filing these suits:

The Right to Know request asked for all correspondence to and from Republican Attorney General Tom Corbett and the Attorney General’s staff with individuals inside and outside of Pennsylvania urging Corbett to file the Republican-orchestrated frivolous lawsuit. Corbett’s announcement of filing his suit occurred before anyone had a chance to read the legislation. [Copies attached]

The first request is seeking any correspondence between Corbett and his office and entities outside of the Commonwealth.  The Attorney General has coordinated his activities with other attorneys general, even before there was legislation to challenge.

The second filing seeks correspondence between Corbett and his office and Members of the General Assembly and their staff.  Legislators were encouraging the Attorney General to file a suit, again even before there was legislation.

“Our members believe that this lawsuit is purely partisan politics,” said Michael Morrill, Keystone Progress Executive Director. “Taxpayers have a right to know if there has been a national conspiracy to take political action from the Office of Attorney General, especially in light of Corbett’s prosecution of others for using their offices for partisan politics.”

This could be quite interesting.  Corbett, the presumptive GOP nominee for Governor, is already under fire for using state phones to communicate with his campaign while, at the same time, prosecuting Democrats for using state resources for campaign work.  The new Pennsylvania Open Records Law presumes all of the records being sought to be public and the AG has but five days to respond to Keystone Progress’ request (filed last Friday).  Will Tom Corbett comply with the law?

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