By Daniel Libit
According to its official slogan, the University of New Mexico Foundation is, “Where generosity meets excellence.”
Left unstated, however, is that the Foundation is also where generosity meets secrecy.
Actually, that might have once been stated rather explicitly. A 2015 Columbia Journalism Review article reported that the UNM Foundation’s website once advertised the following benefit to donors:
“[g]reater assurance of … confidentiality, since [it] is a separate not-for-profit corporation and not subject to open records laws.”
Curiously, those words no longer appear online, but the ethos of obfuscation continues to abound — for now.
This week, in Bernalillo County Court, I filed the very first open records lawsuit against the Foundation. Continue reading “Why We’re Suing the UNM Foundation”