Updated FRIDAY DEC. 3, 2004: [Theresa] LePore [of Palm
Beach County, Florida] ups the ante: $3,000 ... no, $4,000 ... no,
$7,000 for election records [requested under the Freedom of
Though she has yet to present us with a bill, Theresa LePore has been
upping the ante every time she talks to the media. It will be at least
$3,000, she told the Orlando Sentinel.
That is ... $4,000, she told the Palm Beach NBC affiliate.
Now the $4,000 is for "research" and the $3,000 is for "copies."
Lessee now...at $20 per hour for "research," that is 500 hours to
retrieve the same records request that most counties are charging $20
"How much will it be?" Andy Stephenson asked another Florida county,
up in the north panhandle.
"Oh, that'll be about a dollah," the supervisor said.
My my my. LePore's records must be gold-plated. We are supposed to get
the official bill tomorrow.
Snohomish County wants about $2,500 for their records.
We also did statewide FOIA requests in all 50 states. Texas gave the
records to us for free. Colorado charged $1,900 for 3,500 pages of
documents. Michigan wants $125,000 just to look for the records. (All
got the exact same request.)
(This is what democracy looks like?)