This article is incomplete.(May 2015)
MuckRock is a United States-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which assists anyone in filing governmental requests for information through the Freedom of Information Act, then publishes the returned information on its website and encourages journalism around it.
MuckRock was founded by Michael Morisy and Mitchell Kotler, graduates of Cornell University. The site's beta version went online in May 2010, and was part of the Boston Globe’s GlobeLab incubator program. MuckRock was granted a 501(c)(3) non-profit status by the IRS in June 2016. On June 11, 2018, MuckRock announced they would be merging with DocumentCloud.
Filing requests for information through the Freedom of Information Act has been described as confusing and tedious, despite the intent that the process be public and the service available to all American citizens. MuckRock partially automates the process with an interface designed to make the filing of requests easier. Also, MuckRock acts as a middleman for processing the requests, so when a user makes a request through MuckRock, it is the staff of MuckRock who themselves make the request. When MuckRock makes the request, they note and timestamp it on their website as proof of it being made. When a reply comes to the request, MuckRock publishes and timestamps it openly so that everyone can see the reply and when it was made.
In 2010 MuckRock received a notice that the government had sent MuckRock information about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which was secret and that MuckRock must cease publishing it or its staff would face fines and jail time. The state later said that it would not jail MuckRock staff.
MuckRock made numerous requests to various United States state and federal agencies regarding their work with Booz Allen Hamilton. The response from the Federal Bureau of Investigation was a bill for USD $270,000 to fulfill the request.
In June 2014 MuckRock sued the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act for "consistently ignoring deadlines, refusing to work with requesters, and capriciously rejecting even routine requests for what should be clearly public information".
- Michael Morisy, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Retrieved 28 December 2014
- Q&A: Michael Morisy, Co-Founder of MuckRock, Columbia Journalism Review, 13 February 2012, Retrieved 28 December 2014
- MuckRock granted non-profit status, MuckRock, Retrieved 14 December 2017
- Morisy, Michael; Pilhofer, Aron (June 11, 2018). "MuckRock and DocumentCloud merge to build tools for a more informed society". Muckrock.org. MuckRock. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
We are thrilled to announce that DocumentCloud and MuckRock are merging.
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