Foundation At University Of Iowa Refuses Request For Records

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The University of Iowa Foundation says its emails and expense records are not subject to disclosure under the state’s open-records law, a position that appears to conflict with a 2005 Iowa Supreme Court ruling.

The foundation, which maintains $1.1 billion in assets to benefit the university, has rejected The Des Moines Register’s request for emails between its staff and university officials, saying it does “not plan on directly responding” to the request.

Spokesman Forrest Meyer said the foundation considers itself to be a private, nonprofit entity rather than a government body, so it has no one on staff with the authority to respond to requests made under the open-records law.

In the 2005 case, two citizens fought for access to a wide variety of records detailing the manner in which the Iowa State University Foundation spent its money.

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