Friday, December 03, 2004

Florida Recount - cost a moving target
Bev Harris

Updated FRIDAY DEC. 3, 2004: LePore ups the ante: $3,000 ... no, $4,000 ... no, $7,000 for election records.

Though she has yet to present us with a bill, Theresa LePore has been upping the ante every time she talks to the media. It will be at least $3,000, she told the Orlando Sentinel.

That is ... $4,000, she told the Palm Beach NBC affiliate.

Now the $4,000 is for "research" and the $3,000 is for "copies."

Lessee $20 per hour for "research," that is 500 hours to retrieve the same records request that most counties are charging $20 for.

"How much will it be?" Andy Stephenson asked another Florida county, up in the north panhandle.

"Oh, that'll be about a dollah," the supervisor said.

My my my. LePore's records must be gold-plated. We are supposed to get the official bill tomorrow.

Snohomish County wants about $2,500 for their records.

We also did statewide FOIA requests in all 50 states. Texas gave the records to us for free. Colorado charged $1,900 for 3,500 pages of documents. Michigan wants $125,000 just to look for the records. (All got the exact same request.)

(This is what democracy looks like?)