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PAC Denied Delgaudio Documents

Thwarted by attempts to obtain materials through FOIA, the group plans to appeal.

A group of local Democrats – all former members of the Loudoun County Democratic Committee – have vowed to press on with the pursuit of information they say they was wrongly withheld regarding the investigation of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling).

A special prosecutor is investigating allegations by a former Delgaudio aide that the work he asked her to perform violated the law. Delgaudio has denied any wrongdoing.

Real Advocate PAC – an apparent play on the name of the organization Delgaudio works for in his private time, Public Advocate of the United States – contends that the Loudoun General District Court should have turned over documents related to the case following a previous Freedom of Information request. The county failed to comply, and the county attorney argued Wednesday in court that the documents should not be turned over because they are now part of a legal investigation, and therefore not subject to FOIA. The judge agreed and Real Advocate plans to appeal to the Loudoun Circuit Court.

Leesburg Today has a story online about the court proceedings. Readers can also find Real Advocate’s response here.

[Correction: The initial story indicated there was a previous court ruling related to these documents. The decision not to turn them over came from the county, so Real Advocate took the issue to court. This was the initial ruling, which Real Advocate plans to appeal.]

Sarah December 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Gymnastics and transparency of government, that is
David Weintraub December 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Indeed. Any gymnastics that are necessary to protect her precious Mr. Delgaudio (friend, sponsor or colleague?), regardless of his deeds. It's entirely transparent in the other sense of the word.
Marcus Aurelius December 03, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Now, tell me again, WHY the Board can vote to censure Delgaudio? And WHY Delgaudio can't be relieved of all committee duties during the investigation? Is it because the other Board members don't have the authority to do these things? Or is it because they are closing ranks to protect one of their own? Good ole Eugene must be given the assumption of innocence.....he's not an anti-immigrant racist until proven guilty, he's not a hate-mongering homophobe until proven guilty, he's not using his staff for political fund raising until proven guilty. Thank goodness that Loudoun County is such a tolerant place, unless, of course you are an immigrant, a GLBT person, or disagree with Eugene's world view. TIME FOR A CHANGE!
Jonathan Erickson December 04, 2012 at 09:29 PM
What other non sense of the word?
Barbara Munsey December 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Sarah, please show me where I said research via FOIA is an exclusive right? The pac already has the documents in question, and I have already also said that I can see the benefit of using FOIA to compare what they were given by the pac director's client, and what Ms. Mateer gave to Scott York, etc. You and David are engaging in some (usual) gymnastics of your own (indeed), by claiming I am somehow "sponsored" in my opinions. No one is allowed to disagree or question either of you, I know. In my opinion, the refusal to answer whether there is any question of liability tends to support the idea that there may in fact be, and the continual suits (again, IMO) have much less to do with "transparency" than with politics. As one of the pac's supporters has also already opined, it is a matter between Ms. Mateer and her attorney, the director of the pac. If they want to be transparent, why not publish the documents?

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