NEW: Judicial Watch takes a lot of heat in the public arena, but in fact we are not a partisan group. Our mission is public education. We educate through investigations, litigation, journalism and public outreach. Increasingly, our public education efforts include the rapidly expanding world of social media.
We use national and state transparency laws to fight corruption and malfeasance in public office. Our weapon of choice is the Freedom of Information Act, or #FOIA. We lead the nation — including all the major news organizations — in filing and litigating freedom of information actions. These are powerful tools for holding public officials accountable.
#NewYork is the financial and media capital of the world and deserves special attention in the fight against corruption. New Yorkers take corruption seriously. Poll after poll shows that corruption ranks among the top concerns of New Yorkers.
What is to be done? Let me tell you what Judicial Watch does.
We’re lately famous for several investigations: the #HillaryClinton emails case; the #Benghazi affair; and most recently, inquiries into the controversial activities of President #Trump’s opponents inside and outside government. But we are an equal-opportunity offender. We’ve gone after Republican and Democratic presidents and a long line of public officials from both parties.
We wage our campaigns through a combination of investigations, freedom of information litigation in federal and state courts, and raising public awareness through media appearances and our own social media efforts.
But how does this apply to the fight against corruption in #NewYork? How can New Yorkers fight corruption? I think four key points can be gleaned from the Judicial Watch experience – Point One: Invest in Investigations. Point Two: Watchdog Journalism Is Not Just for Journalists. Point Three: Be Open to the Other Side. Point Four: Be Open to New Ideas.
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