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OK gov claims political influences on policy should be kept secret

From FOI Oklahoma, Inc.:  Gov. Mary Fallin is claiming an executive privilege to hide records that reveal political considerations behind her decisions on state policy.

Included would be documents telling Fallin "who might be supportive of certain policy agendas in the legislature, both now and in the future, whether such support would exist after an upcoming election, and whether facts exist to help persuade the legislatures and others to support the governor's agenda," according to the formal response to an Open Records Act lawsuit against the governor. 

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Fallin is the first Oklahoma governor to claim these privileges even though as a candidate she pledged to "support at every opportunity" the state's policy that "people are vested with the inherent right to know and be fully informed about their government so that they can efficiently and intelligently exercise their inherent political power." 

Fallin's unprecedented use of executive privilege in Oklahoma earned her FOI Oklahoma's annual Black Hole Award in early March.

FOI Oklahoma, Inc. is a member of NFOIC.–eds.