Full Disclosure

Full Disclosure

It's a simple equation: Transparency is only as good as the access available to public documents. With this in mind, CommonWealth has set up an information page to help residents wade through the state’s public records request system. Here you’ll find detailed information on making public records requests, links to records available online at state websites, as well as links to CommonWealth’s own growing public records database.

SFI Filings: 2009

Senate Baddour, Steven Berry, Frederick Brewer, Stephen Brown, Scott Buoniconti, Stephen Candaras, Gale Chandler, Harriette Chang-Diaz, Sonia Donnelly, Kenneth Downing, Benjamin Eldridge, James Fargo, Susan Flanagan, Jennifer Galluccio, Anthony Hart, John Hedlund, Robert Jehlen, Patricia Joyce, Brian Knapik, Michael McGee, Thomas Menard, Joan Montigny, Mark Moore, Michael Moore, Richard Morrissey, Michael Murray, Therese O’Leary, Robert(...)

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SFI Filings: 2008

Constitutional Officers Cabinet Members District Attorneys Registers Sheriffs Courts Governor’s Council Policymakers House Senate Constitutional Officers Cahill Timothy Coakley Martha DeNucci Joseph A Galvin William F Murray Timothy P Patrick Deval L Cabinet Members Aloisi Jr James A Bialecki Gregory Bigby Judy Ann Bowles Ian A Bump Suzanne Burke Kevin M Hartstein Ann L Kelley(...)

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Settlements and Judgments

CommonWealth has obtained all settlement and judgment payouts by the State Comptroller from Fiscal Year 2005 though the second quarter of Fiscal 2014. The data below includes the name of the agency against which the claim was made, the amount paid, and the recipient.

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Transparency missing from government

Transparency missing from government

MuckRock finds Public Records Law isn't working

For more on the Public Records Law, see CommonWealth’s updated guide to public records. last november i received an email from an attorney working at the Department of Transitional Assistance informing me that if I didn’t remove from my website information I had received from his office through a public records request, I could “be(...)

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Public records makeover

Public records makeover

CommonWealth long has focused on the need for greater transparency in government. We’ve highlighted the needless secrecy surrounding the recipients of state tax credits and the shortcomings of the financial disclosure forms filed by government officials. We’ve even had some success in addressing those issues. The state plans to start identifying the recipients of certain(...)

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Is the HEFA severance fight worth it?

Is the HEFA severance fight worth it?

MassDevelopment won't disclose its legal costs

Citing attorney-client privilege, a quasi-public state authority is refusing to disclose how much it is spending on legal fees fighting a $562,000 severance payment to an official who lost his job as a part of an authority consolidation last year. Benson Caswell, the former executive director of the now-defunct Health and Educational Facilities Authority, is(...)

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Records law doesn’t apply to governor

Records law doesn’t apply to governor

Galvin says Patrick's office is exempt

Another in a series of occasional articles concerning Massachusetts public records and open meetings laws. Responding to an appeal filed by CommonWealth, Secretary of State William F. Galvin officially ruled that Gov. Deval Patrick is not subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law. The ruling, issued by Galvin’s top public records deputy, appears to be(...)

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