Judge Blocks U. of Kansas From Releasing Documents

December 8, 2014

A judge last week blocked the University of Kansas from releasing documents on the financial relationship between an economic center on campus and billionaires David and Charles Koch. The judge’s decision delays efforts by a group, Students for a Sustainable Future, to look for information regarding the Koch brothers' influence on campus. According to the Lawrence Journal-World, Art Hall, director of the center, filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking an injunction against the university. He argued the Center for Applied Economics is self-funded and so the documents don’t qualify as public records since they're not related to programs or activities funded by public money. The university told the newspaper that since Hall is an employee of the university, it believed that the documents qualified under the open records law. The university had planned to release the documents Friday.

The student group raised $1,800, including a $1,000 donation from the local chapter of the American Association of University Professors, to pay for the documents. Part of the request for correspondence regarding contracts and hiring processes was released last week

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