Will Hearst Gives 50K Matching Gift. Help us Reach the Hearst Challenge by May 31

Help us meet the Hearst 50K Challenge by May 31!We are delighted to report that William R. Hearst III has pledged $50,000 to launch FAC’s Spring 2016 Campaign. Will is generously matching all contributions that FAC receives through May 2016, up to a total of $50,000.

Please contribute today and help us meet the Will Hearst Challenge. Your support makes it possible for FAC to fight the good fight—-defending your rights—-on many First Amendment fronts.

-Just last week FAC’s suit against Sonoma County succeeded in forcing the county to make public its contract for tourism promotion with the Super Bowl 50 host committee. (See discussion below).

-A separate FAC lawsuit against San Diego recently secured release of hundreds of government records on the police department’s use of a controversial cell phone surveillance device. (Also discussed below).

–We are preparing a supporting brief for Apple in its fight with the FBI about iPhone data encryption.

-Our lawyers, meanwhile, are finalizing pleadings for a new case in LA (to be announced soon), while we are preparing for trial in a major access battle against California’s most secretive agency, the State Bar.

Your donations also support FAC’s Legal Hotline service, which is free to journalists, activists and ordinary citizens everywhere. And this year FAC is taking its legal expertise on the road, presenting town hall discussions and debates on Money in Politics for audiences around the state.

And there’s much more to come—-with your support.  Thank you for making a contribution today to FAC.

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