Key Award Winner Carl Hu

Bellevue resident Carl Hu used his tenacity and Washington state’s public-records laws to shine a light on an Everett nonprofit’s questionable business practices. The Internal Revenue Service later stripped the Breast Cancer Prevention Fund of its tax-exempt status, and the charity filed for bankruptcy.

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Transparency and public participation are building blocks of good government.

The Coalition was formed to act as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated promoting and defending the People's right to know in matters of public interest and in the conduct of the public's business. The Coalition's driving vision is to help foster open government processes, supervised by an informed and engaged citizenry, which is the cornerstone of democracy.

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City Stands by Closed Door Meeting

Seattle Met: October 10, 2014
By: Afternoon Jolt

City Attorney Pete Holmes’ office stood by a recent city council decision today to hold a closed-door session. Last month, when  council member Tom Rasmussen asked planning committee chair Mike O’Brien if O’Brien’s “linkage fee” proposal to charge developers a flat fee per square foot on most new... READ MORE >

Editorial: Public officials give up some privacy on personal cellphones

The Seattle Times: October 1, 2014
By: Brian Sonntag and Rob McKenna

CITIZENS expect, demand and deserve public officials who put the public first. One way we put the public first is by promoting open government and protecting the people’s right to know. An official cannot choose to use personal technology like a cellphone or... READ MORE >

Access to government meetings varies

The Woodinville Weekly: August 12, 2014
By: Briana Gerderman

Smile for the camera — at Woodinville City Council meetings, signs warn citizens and politicians that audio and video is being recorded. State law only requires written minutes as access to public meetings, not video or audio recordings, said Toby Nixon, president of the Washington Coalition... READ MORE >

Washougal mayor says council may have defied open-meetings law

The Seattle Times: August 3, 2014
By: Justin Runquist

Washougal Mayor Sean Guard went public last week with concerns that the City Council may have violated the state’s open public-meetings law. On Monday, Guard took to Facebook to ask residents of the Clark County city and other community members if they were comfortable with the... READ MORE >

Reading from the Declaration of Independence: “Public Records” also concerned the Founders of the United State

Electing2Blog: July 3, 2014
By: Walter Neary

Our ability to get public records from any level of government that you or I may want to know about is important to the conduct of democracy. That ability is certainly important to the Washington Coalition for Open Government. And here’s something that was a surprise to this member of the... READ MORE >

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