WATCHDOG SEEKS DOCUMENTS … GOVERNOR IGNORES HIS REQUEST
A prominent good government watchdog has sued S.C. governor Nikki Haley over her failure to comply with his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Ned Sloan of Greenville, S.C. – who has fought for years on behalf of open and accountable government – submitted a FOIA last month seeking information regarding lawsuits against the scandal-scarred S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
Specifically, Sloan’s request sought information on “more than 17 lawsuits” defended with taxpayer money from the state’s Insurance Reserve Fund (IRF) – requesting that Haley’s office mail him the public records related to these cases, all of which involved “damages alleging water on road surface(s).”
Sloan sent his FOIA via certified mail on December 16. A month later, he has yet to receive a response according to his complaint (.pdf here).
According to our sources, Sloan’s FOIA is an effort to get to the bottom of several recent traffic accidents.
One of those accidents – a fatal car crash on Highway 25 in Greenville County, S.C. – was profiled in this report by Upstate, S.C. television station WYFF TV 4 (NBC – Greenville, S.C.).
We’ll be sure to update our readers regarding the disposition of this case …