Demand Transparency

 

 

The Mayor's Office and Boston 2024 have been operating largely in secrecy. Although Massachusetts public records laws are weak, they still offer citizens the ability to demand greater transparency from public officials.

 

We encourage all citizens to take advantage of this tool. If you have an idea for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, you can submit it yourself on platforms like MuckRock or email us at boston2024.nope@gmail.com.

 

 

 

Examples of Past Public Records Requests:

  • The Relationship between the Boston Redevelopment Authority and Boston 2024 (Files, Write-up)

 

  • UMass Boston's communications around the Boston Foundation-commissioned economic impact reort on Boston 2024 (Files, Write-up)

 

  • Former Chief of Operations to Mayor Walsh (and current Chief Administrative Officer for Boston 2024) Joseph Rull's communictions on Boston 2024 while at the Mayor's Office (Files, Write-up): 6 emails withheld under attorney-client privilege exemption

 

  • Communication between Northwind Strategies, the PR firm behind Boston 2024, and the Mayor's Office (Files, Guide, Write-up): 8 emails withheld under deliberative process exemption

 

 

  • Mayor Walsh's Chief of Staff Dan Koh's communications with the Boston 2024 Partnership, Boston 2024 Executive Committee, and Suffolk Construction (Files, Write-up, Write-up): 16 emails withheld under deliberative process exemption, 15 withheld under attorney-client privilege exemption

 

  • Chris Keohan of CK Strategies's communications with the Mayor's Office (Files): 1 email withheld under deliberative process exemption

 

  • Boston CFO David Sweeney's communications around the Boston 2024 bid (Files): 43 emails withheld under attorney-client privilege exemption, 3 withheld under deliberative process exemption

 

  • Former Chief of MassDOT and curent CEO of Boston 2024 Rich Davey's work on the Boston 2024 bid while at MassDOT (Files, Write-up)

 

 

  • Communication between Dan Koh (Walsh's Chief of Staff) and Corey Welford (Healey's chief of staff), especially around the Olympics (Claim of no responsive documents)

 

  • Boston Fire Department's work on the Boston 2024 bid (One email)

 

  • Sara Myerson of the Office of Olympic Planning's work on the bid (Request, Files): 50 emails withheld for attorney-client privilege, 3 withheld for deliberative process, 2 withheld for personal notes exemption

 

  • The Research/Background that went into the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's "Legacy First" report (Files)

 

  • Mayor Marty Walsh's Poliy Director Joyce Linehan's communications around the Boston 2024 bid (Files, Guide): 10 emails deemed exempt for attorney-client privilege, 25 emails deemed exempt for deliberative process

 

  • Former Walsh press secretary Kate Norton's work on the Boston 2024 bid while press secretary and communication with the Mayor's Office while at CK Strategies (Files, Guide): 9 emails withheld for attorney-client privilege

 

  • Boston Corporation Counsel Gene O'Flaherty's work on the bid (Files): 96 emails deemed irrelevant, 109 emails deemed exempt

 

  • The Mayor's Office's discussion of the City Council subpoena effort (Files, Guide): 152 emails withheld: 31 deliberative process exemption, 121 attorney-client privilege exemption

 

  • The Mayor's Ofice's communications teams' discussions around the imminent demise of the Olympic bid (Files): 18 emails were withheld for the deliberative process exemption

 

Pending Public Records Requests:

  • Boston Police Department's work on the Boston 2024 bid (Request)

  • Boston Police Department's Tracking of Anti-Olympic Activists (Request)