Campus Connection: Michigan profs target of open records requests

2011-03-29T14:57:00Z 2012-05-22T17:53:36Z Campus Connection: Michigan profs target of open records requestsTODD FINKELMEYER | The Capital Times | tfinkelmeyer@madison.com madison.com

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor William Cronon isn't the only academic being targeted these days by folks wielding public records requests.

A free-market oriented think tank has made a broad public records request to at least three Michigan universities which house departments that specialize in the study of labor relations, report both Talking Points Memo and Mother Jones.

These reports state the Mackinac Center For Public Policy, which is based in Midland, Mich., submitted the Freedom of Information Act requests to centers at the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

These requests reportedly ask for emails from professors that reference Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin, Madison or MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

Last week, Cronon revealed the Wisconsin Republican Party had filed a records request demanding certain emails sent or received via his UW-Madison account.  News organizations, commentators and bloggers across the county quickly picked up on the story, with many noting the "chilling effect" such a measure could have on academic freedom.

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