Connecticut Ethics Agency Shreds The Records Of Public Officials. Critic: Smacks Of The Old Soviet Union

Under the ‘you can’t make it up catagory,’ the Hartford Courant reports the Office of State Ethics has quietly destroyed a quarter-century’s worth of public records concerning the finances of present and former public officials, drawing a protest from the head of an open-government group who says the thousands of shredded files were an irreplaceable resource.

“It’s surprising that anyone would think that it’s OK to just ‘deep-six’ them forever, if those are records … of public officials’ financial dealings” filed under their “obligations of disclosure,” said J. Herbert Smith, president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information.

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