CCFOI courting state candidates to sign freedom-of-information pledge

The Connecticut Council of Freedom of Information is asking all candidates for legislative seats to take the “Public Official’s Pledge for Open and Accountable Government,” and is receiving responses from those who intend to do so.

“A successful democracy requires open, transparent, and accountable government,” CCFOI President Daniel Klau said. “Yet, freedom of information and the public’s right to know about Connecticut state and municipal governments have been under increasing attack in recent years.”

The pledge is asking candidates to support freedom of information in the state in three specific ways, the first of which is to support the state’s Freedom of Information Act, including the independence of the state’s Freedom of Information Commission, and oppose weakening it.