Statement from Auditor Galloway on Governor's improper use of First Amendment

State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released the following statement in response to a determination made by the Attorney General's Office related to Sunshine Law exemptions as claimed by Gov. Parson's Office. This spring, reports revealed that Gov. Parson's office failed to disclose information in response to Sunshine Law requests, citing the First Amendment.

"The Attorney General's letter confirms Gov. Parson was wrong to withhold information from the public. Nonpartisan advocates for government transparency and legal experts all agree the Governor's actions were unlawful.   

"I will continue to fight for transparency and openness at all levels of Missouri government.  Missourians deserve nothing less." 

In a May 7 request, Auditor Galloway asked for legal clarification on whether it is appropriate to redact information related to individuals conducting business with, lobbying or attempting to influence a government entity. The Attorney General's Office has since advised that practice is not appropriate.