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Treasury CFPB Request 6162011

Treasury CFPB Request 6162011

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Recause one abot'e the law! 
March 22, 2011 
VIA CERTIFIED MAIL FACSIMILE 
Elizabeth Horton, Deputy Assistant General Counsel 
Office General Law, Ethics Regulation 
U.S. Department the Treasury 
1500 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W., Suite 2221 
Washington, D.C. 20220 

Re: Freedom Information Act 
Dear Ms. Horton: September 17, 2010, President Obama appointed Elizabeth Warren serve the Special Advisor tbc Secretary the Treasury the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, among other responsibilities. her Treasury role (according her 
congressional testimony Wednesday, March 16, 2011) Ms. Warren has "had more than sixty one-on-one conversations with Members Congress." Accordingly, pursuant the provisions the Freedom oflnformation Act (FOIA), U.S.C.  552, Judicial Watch, Inc., (Judicial Watch) hereby requests that the U.S. Department the Treasury 
(Treasury) produce the following within twenty (20) business days: 	
Any and all communications between Ms. Warren and members the lth and I12th U.S. Congresses; 	
Any and all records communications between Ms. Warren and 

members the ltb and 12th U.S. Congresses; 	
Any and all communications between Ms. Warren and staffers the lth and l12th U.S. Congresses; and, 	
Any and all records communications between Ms. Warren and 

staffers the lth and 112th U.S. Congresses. 
Additionally, Ms. Warren announced December 2010, the Consun1er 
Federation America (CF Financial Services Conference, that she had "been busy 
talking and meeting with consumer advocates and wide variety stakeholders the financial services industry--CEOs all stripes, big hanks, community banks, Ohio bankers, Oklahoma bankers, California bankers, credit unions, and the list goes on." Hence, pursuant the provisions FOIA, Judicial Watch also requests that Treasury 
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Department the Treasury 
March 16, 2011 
produce the following within twenty (20) business days: 	
Any and all communications between Ms. Warren and any "consumer advocates ... stakeholders ... CEOs ... bankers" and whomever else Ms. Warren was referring when she stated that "the list goes on"; and, 	
Any and all records conununications between Ms. Warren and any "consumer advocates ... stakeholders ... CEOs ... bankers,, and whomever else Ms. Warren was referring when she stated that "the list goes on." 

Lastly, also the CFA conference, Ms. Warren declared that earlier that same week she had gone "to Florida meet with Attorneys General from across the country." Hencepursuant the provisions FOIA, Judicial Watch further requcst'i that Treasury produce the following within twenty (20) business days: Any and all communications between Ms. Warren and the state 
attorneys general for each the United States and U.S. territories, 
commonwealths, federal districts, and protectorates -namely, they 
are: 	
Alabama Maryland 	
Alaska Massachusetts 
American Samoa 

Michigan 
Arizona Minnesota 

Arkansas Mississippi California 	bb. Missouri 
Colorado 	cc. Montana 

Connecticut 	dd. Nebraska 
Delaware 	ee. Nevada 
District Columbia 	ff. New Hampshire 	
Florida gg. New Jersey 
Georgia 

New Mexico 
Hawaii 

North Carolina 
JJ. 
Guam 
New York  Idaho  kk.  Northern Mariana Islands  Illinois  II.  North Dakota  Indiana  mm.  Ohio  Iowa  nn.  Oklahoma  Kansas  00.  Oregon  

Kentucky 
Pennsylvania 
Louisiana 	qq. Puerto Rico 
Maine 	lT. Rhode Island 

Department the Treasury March 16, 2011 
SS. South Carolina yy. Virgin Islands tt. South Dakota zz. Virginia 
uu. Tennessee aaa. Vashington vv. Texas bbb. West Virginia WW. Utah ccc. Wisconsin 
xx. 	Vermont ddd. Wyoming 	
Any and all records communications between Ms. Varren and the state attorneys general for each the United States and U.S. territories, commonwealths, federal districts, and protectorates listed item above; 	
Any and all agendas for any meetings between Ms. Warren and the state attorneys general for each the United States and U.S. territories, commonwealths, federal districts, and protectorates listed item above; 

10. 	
Any and all notes from any meetings between Ms. Warren and the state attorneys general for each the United States and U.S. territories, commonwealths, federal districts, and protectorates listed item above; 

11. 	
Any and all presentations distributed, displayed, and/or otherwise disseminated between Ms. WruTen and the state attorneys general for each the United States and U.S. territories, commonwealths, federal districts, and protectorates listed item above; and, 

12. 	
Any and all Ms. Warren's travel logs, maps, and itineraries and through any and all the United States and U.S. territories, commonwealths, federal districts, and protectorates listed i.tem above. 

The time frame for this request from September 17, 2010 through the present. placing this request, Judicial Watch calJs your attention President Obama'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 
Department the Treasury 
March 16, 2011 
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 allege.dly 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 (1974). 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 U.S.C.  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 U.S. Department Defense, 880 .2d 81, (D.C. Cir. 1989). Judicial Watch has also been recognized member the news media other FOlA litigation. See Judicial Watch, Inc. Department of.Justice, 133 Supp.2d (D.D.C. 2000); and, Judicial Watch, Inc. 
Dep 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 POIA and other means, uses its editorial skills tum this 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 the OPEN Government Act of2007, Section 6(b). 
Judicial Watch 501(c)(3), not-for-profit, educational organization, and, definition, has commercial purpose. Judicial Watch exists educate the public 
Freedom Information Act," January 21, 2009;  
Department ofthe Treasury 
March 16, 2011 
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 fo1mat (e.g. e-mail, .pdfs). When necessary, Judicial Watch will also accept the "rolling production" documents. you not understand this request any portion thereof, you feel you require clarification, please immediately contact Judicial Watch Research Assistant Justin McCarthy 202-646-5172 jmccarthy@judicialwatch.org. Judicial Watch looks forward receiving the requested documents and waiver both search and duplication costs within twenty (20) business days. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Senior lnvcstigator Judicial Watch, Inc. President Barack Obama, "Memorandum for the Heads Executive Departments and Agencies, Subject: