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FOIA Request

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April 2012 
FOIA Coordinator James Davis 
Office the Solicitor General 
950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. 
Room 950 
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001 

(202) 616-9406 FOIA Officer Carmen Mallon 	Chief Staff, formation Policy 1425 New York Ave., N.W. Room 11050 	Washington, 20530-0001 
(202) 616-5459 
FOIA Liaison James Kovakas 
Civil Division Massachusetts Ave., N.W. 
Room 7304 
Washington, D.C. 20035 

(202) 514-3319 
Re: J?OIA AllCominunications 

FOIA Officer Cynthia O'Connor 
U.S. Housing Urban Development 451 7th Street, SW, Room 10139 Washington, 20410-3000 
(202) 708-3866 
FOIA Officer Martin Michalosky Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 1700 St., N.W. Washington, D.C. 20220 
(202) 435-7198 
ChiefFOIA Of:qcer David Lee Federal Housing Finance Agency 1700 St., N.W. Fourth Floor Washington, D.C. 20552 
(202) 414-3800 St. Paul 
Dear Mmes. Mallon and O'Connor, and Messrs. Davis, Kovakas, Michalosky, and Lee: 
Pursuant the Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA), U.S.C.  552, Judicial Watch, Inc., (Judicial Watch) hereby requests that the U.S. Departments Justice (Juf9tice) and Housing Urban Development (HUD), well the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHF produce the following records within twenty (20) business days: 
All communications with about St. Paul, Minnesota, its residents, landlords, low-income properties employees, specifically those exchanges: 
relating the city's recent petition for certiorari the U.S. Supreme Court, including the petition's withdrawal February 2012; 

April 2012 	
regarding "disparate impact" theory analysis the housing, landlord-tenant, mortgage arena; 	
involving any member the U.S. Senate's Democratic Policy Communications Committee, the House Democratic Caucus, the White House, and their respective staffs; and, 	
involving third parties such the National Low Income Housing Coalition, Thomas Goldstein, Walter Mondale and their respective staffs; 	All invoices for travel, food, lodging, communications, entertainment expenses incurred connection with any "disparate 
impact" lawsuit brought against St. Paul, Minnesota. 
The time frame for this request February 11, 2010 through the present. placing this request, Judicial Watch directs your office's attention President Obhma's January 21, 2009 Memorandum concerning FOIA which states: 
All agencies should adopt presumption favor disclosure order renew their commitment the principles embodied FOIA ... The presumption disclosure should applied all decisions involving FOIA.1 

The memorandum goes state that FOIA "should administered with clear presumption: the case doubt, openness prevails." Nevertheless, any responsive record portion thereof claimed exempt from production under FOIA, please provide sufficient identifying information with respect each allegedly exempt record portion thereof allow assess the propriety the claimed exemption. Vaughn Rosen, 484 F.2d 820 (D.C. Cir. 1973), cert. denied, 415 U.S. 977 (197 addition, any reasonably segregable portion responsive record must provided, after redaction any allegedly exempt material. U.S.C.  552(b). 
Judicial Watch also hereby requests waiver both search and duplication fees pursuant U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II) and 552(a)(4)(A)(iii). Judicial Watch entitled waiver search fees under U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(ii)(II) because member the news media. See National Security Archive Department Defense, 880 F.2d 1381, 1387 (D.C. Cir. 1989). Judicial Watch has also been recognized member the news media other FOIA litigation. See Judicial Watch, Inc. US. Department Justice, 133 Supp.2d (D.D.C. 2000); and, Judicial Watch, Inc. Department Defense, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44003, (D.D.C. June 28, 2006). Judicial Watch regularly obtains information about the operations and activities government through FOIA and other means, uses its editorial skiHs turn this Freedom ofinformation Act. Pres. Mem. January 21, 2009, Fed. Reg. 4683. 

information into distinct works, and publishes and disseminates these works the public. intends likewise with the records receives response this request. 
Judicial Watch also entitled complete waiver both search fees and duplication fees pursuant U.S.C.  552(a)( 4)(A)(iii). Under this provision, records: 
shall furnished without any charge charge reduced below the fees established under clause (ii) disclosure the information the public interest because likely contribute significantly public understanding the operations activities government and not primarily the commercial interest the requester. 
U.S.C.  552(a)(4)(A)(iii). addition, records are not produced within twenty (20) business days, Judicial Watch entitled complete waiver search and duplication fees under Section 6(b) the OPEN Government Act 2007, which amended FOIA U.S.C.  552 (a)( )(A)(viii). 

Judicial Watch 50l(c)(3), not-for-profit, educational organization, and, definition, has commercial purpose. Judicial Watch exists educate the public about the operations and activities government, well increase public understanding about the importance ethics and the rule law government. The particular records requested herein are sought part Judicial Watch's ongoing efforts document the operations and activities the federal government and educate the public about these operations and activities. Once Judicial Watch obtains the requested records, intends analyze them and disseminate the results its analysis, well the records themselves, special written report. Judicial Watch will also educate the public via radio programs, Judicial Watch's website, and/or newsletter, among other outlets. also will make the records available other members the media researchers upon request. Judicial Watch has proven ability disseminate information obtained through FOIA the public, demonstrated its long-standing and continuing public outreach efforts. 
Given these circumstances, Judicial Watch entitled public interest fee waiver both search costs and duplication costs. Nonetheless, the event our request for waiver search and/or duplication costs denied, Judicial Watch willing pay $350.00 search and/or duplication costs. Judicial Watch requests that contacted before any such costs are incurred, order prioritize search and duplication efforts. effort facilitate record production within the statutory time limit, Judicial Watch willing accept documents electronic format (e.g. e-mail, .pdfs). When necessary, Judicial Watch will also accept the "rolling production" documents. 

Judicial Watch anticipates prompt receipt responsive documents and waiver both search and duplication costs within twenty (20) business days. Thank you for complying with all applicable laws fulfilling this request. 

Lisette J.D. 
Senior Investigator