What is Tommy Hiding?

Tommy Adkisson is defying open government
laws so he can conduct County business secretly
with Republican activists
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"Come clean Tommy. You're losing my vote" - Marsha

"Please Tommy, make the requested items available now. We need transparency in government not secrecy.." - Suzanne

"Tommy, How can you claim to be such a big Democrat when you conspire with Tea party Republicans, and then try to subvert open government laws by using personal email accounts. It not only doesn't pass the smell test, it demeans everything you say you stand for." - Rick

"Please prove you have nothing to hide, or admit you were wrong. History shows time and again that covering up is worse than whatever is being hidden. " - Glenda

"Don't you want to be transparent?" - Charles S

"Tommy. You`re a lawyer. You know it`s not that hard to mark out the parts that are NOT official business, turn over the emails..." - Alma

"Sign of weakness...." - Tim

"Tommy, Wendy Davis and Rodney Ellis had to write a new law to keep elected officials like you from hiding official business in their email accounts. Why won't you obey the law? What is in those emails? Release them now." - Sheryl

"Disclose information, we are entitled to see it." - M. Araceli

"Tommy, the "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" politics needs to stop. Our money and right to know." - Cheryl

"Tommy, Disclose it! Now!" - L.B.

"My government, my tax dollars and my right to know. Why do you not respect any of that? You need to come clean and obey the law. This is not democracy!" - Guillermo

"What you do in the dark will always come out in the light! Stop hiding man up!" - Mark

" So if he is sitting in a public meeting and emailing Terri Hall using his personal account the public does not have a right to know? Why not just turn it over to the judge? if it really is personal, the judge can make the determination on what should be release and what should be withheld from public scrutiny. " - Joe

"Come clean Tommy!! " - Ashleigh

"Time to start obeying the law. If you want to be a county judge I'm sure you'll see that the first thing you should be doing is obeying the law. People who don't obey the law are criminals. Criminals should not be involved in politics. " - Chris

"SO! Tommy you refuse to abide by law and provide information requested in accordance with the law, AND!!! you want to be our Judge??? Just to remind you, Misuse of Official Information As a public servant, you may have access to information that has not been made public. Chapter 39 of the Penal Code restricts your use of such information in the following ways: ■You may not use the information to acquire or help another person to acquire a pecuniary interest in any property, transaction, or enterprise affected by the information. Penal Code § 39.06(a)(1). ■You may not speculate or aid another to speculate on the basis of the information. Penal Code § 39.06(a)(2). ■You may not disclose or use the information with the intent to obtain a benefit or to harm another. Penal Code § 39.06(b). " - Tina

"Just come clean already....you'll be a better person for it." - Josh

"Why are you doing this?" - Amanda

"You disappointed me when I heard you "school" a younger, newly elected official. This coming from you who fights one of the most basic pillars of public service? Really, Tommy? Why don't you send out a postcard touting how you are the champion of covert operations?" - Raul

"C'mon Man." - Dwight

"Quit being something that you are not, you can fool some of the people sometime ,but you can't fool all of the people all the time. Be a man and come clean." - joe

"Tommy, "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." You don't fool me! " - Anna

"C'mon man, what else will u hide if elected? " - Mark

"How can you call yourself a democrat when you are involved with the lunatics tea party republicans!! You should resign...shame on you!!!! " - Mary

"These are the reason why people are starting to not trust our own Government. Tommy, you know what the right thing to do in this situation. Please do the right thing and help reassure American's about our Government." - Greg

"Come on Tommy, fess up!" - Jeff

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THE TIMELINE of Tommy Adkisson's four year fight to keep his dealings with a Republican activist secret.

2/17/2010

Express-News reporter Josh Baugh submits request for public information, including emails between Commissioner Adkission and Terri Hall, to Bexar County Assistant District Attorney Calderon.
(CAUSE NO. D-1-GN-10-002120 TOMMY ADKISSON, INDIVIDUALLY AND OFFICIALLY ON BEHALF OF BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS, AS COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4, Plaintiff, Filed 11 November 21 P2:42 Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza District Clerk Travis District D-1- GN-10-002120)

2/18/2010

Baugh submits clarified request to include email from personal accounts "related to your official capacity …"
(CAUSE NO. D-1-GN-10-002120 TOMMY ADKISSON, INDIVIDUALLY AND OFFICIALLY ON BEHALF OF BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS, AS COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4, Plaintiff, Filed 11 November 21 P2:42 Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza District Clerk Travis District D-1- GN-10-002120)

3/24/2010

MPO Public Involvement Coordinator submits a similar request.
(CAUSE NO. D-1-GN-10-002120 TOMMY ADKISSON, INDIVIDUALLY AND OFFICIALLY ON BEHALF OF BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS, AS COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4, Plaintiff, Filed 11 November 21 P2:42 Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza District Clerk Travis District D-1- GN-10-002120)

4/08/2010

Bexar County District Attorney seeks an open records opinion from the Texas Attorney General.
(CAUSE NO. D-1-GN-10-002120 TOMMY ADKISSON, INDIVIDUALLY AND OFFICIALLY ON BEHALF OF BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS, AS COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4, Plaintiff, Filed 11 November 21 P2:42 Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza District Clerk Travis District D-1- GN-10-002120)

5/24/2010

Attorney General tells Bexar County District Attorney "... to the extent the e-mails maintained by the county commissioner relate to the official business of the county, they are subject to the Act, and as you have claimed no exceptions to disclosure for these records, they must be released."
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/openrecords/50abbott/orl/2010/htm/or201007537.htm

6/15/2010

Attorney General again issues opinion that "A governmental body may not circumvent the applicability of the Act by conducting official public business in a private medium."
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/opinions/openrecords/50abbott/orl/2010/htm/or201007537.htm

11/21/2011

Adkisson sues Attorney General in District Court.
(CAUSE NO. D-1-GN-10-002120 TOMMY ADKISSON, INDIVIDUALLY AND OFFICIALLY ON BEHALF OF BEXAR COUNTY, TEXAS, AS COUNTY COMMISSIONER PCT. 4, Plaintiff, Filed 11 November 21 P2:42 Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza District Clerk Travis District D-1- GN-10-002120)

3/25/2012

"Lawsuit asserts right to privacy"
San Antonio Express-News

3/27/2012

"Adkisson suit will gut transparency"
San Antonio Express-News

3/30/2012

"Official says law does not apply"
San Antonio Express-News

3/31/2012

"Commissioner's argument is nonsense"
San Antonio Express-News

Lawsuit asserts right to privacy

"Should the commissioner prevail, I think it will have an extremely grave, chilling effect on transparency in open government..." said Keith Elkins, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas.

Adkisson suit will gut transparency

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson wants to turn the Texas Public Information Act's provisions into a shell game.

Adkisson ordered to release emails

...State District Judge Scott Jenkins in Austin ruled in support of the AG and Hearst Newspapers, the owner of the Express-News, which had intervened in the case. Jenkins also awarded more than $10,000 in attorney's fees to the AG's office and a yet-to-be-determined amount to Hearst Newspapers.

Adkisson should end errant suit

Adkisson has argued bizarrely and incorrectly that if the official information is in his personal email account, then the public is not entitled to know about it.

Adkisson, lawyer cling to dangerous argument

To argue that content doesn't matter, and to argue that a public official's right to privacy supersedes the public's right to know, is a perversion of state law.

Open records law updates urged

Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is fighting against releasing emails regarding San Antonio-area transit issues from his private email account. The attorney general and a state district judge have ruled against Adkisson, who has taken thedispute to an appellate court.

Update law to end dodges of transparency

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is waging a legal battle not to release emails that he acknowledges are related to official business.

Bill would spell out rules for public information

...comes on the heels of Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson's 2010 case in which he refused to release personal emails sent to an activist about public business.

Ensure access to official business

A case involving County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is a clear example of why [the] bill would help solidify the open-records rules in Texas and provide the public with information that rightfully belongs in the open.

Fight over Adkisson emails in court again

[Adkisson], who in 2012 was ordered by a trial court in Austin to release transportation policy-related emails sought by the San Antonio Express-News, insisted anew that the communications were not subject to the Texas Public Information Act.