Saturday, September 15, 2012

Connecticut Ethics Agency Destroys Public Records Of State Officials' Financial Interests

"The Office of State Ethics has quietly destroyed a quarter-century's worth of public records concerning the finances of present and former public officials, drawing a protest from the head of an open-government group who says the thousands of shredded files were an irreplaceable resource.

"It's surprising that anyone would think that it's OK to just 'deep-six' them forever, if those are records ... of public officials' financial dealings" filed under their "obligations of disclosure," said J. Herbert Smith, president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information."

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