The latest development in a lawsuit filed in Utah Monday by a watchdog group against the office of Utah’s Attorney General, Fil-Am Sean Reyes.
Reyes’s office has since responded to what the Center for Media and Democracy or CMD claims is Reyes’s unlawful refusal to fully release records relating to his dealings with so-called Republican cash for influence organizations.
Last march, the CMD filed a request for Reyes’s correspondence with the Republican Attorney Generals Association, or RAGA, and the rule of law defense fund.
The CMD claims that Reyes failed to include at least 13 interactions — a violation of Utah’s government records access and management act.
However, Reyes’s office says that those were “unofficial political campaign activities,” and therefore not public access.
“It is disingenuous for Reyes to hide his activity by pretending that it is all related to some future political campaign. It’s all the more troublesome because RAGA mixes public policy and political fundraising in the same events,” said Arn Pearson, CMD General Counsel.
However, CMD General Counsel Pearson says that claim is ‘disingenuous.’
In its press release, the CMD cited its report on Reyes attending a 2015 RAGA conference where fossil fuel giants paid for private meetings with Republican attorney generals, to discuss their opposition to President Obama’s clean power plan. Reyes then signed Utah onto a lawsuit blocking the plan.
“While we disagree with politically motivated lawsuits and press releases, it is our policy not to comment on open cases,” Reyes said.
Responding to an inquiry from BA on the lawsuit, Reyes’s office said, “While we disagree with politically motivated lawsuits and press releases, it is our policy not to comment on open cases.”