UNITED STATE DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ) ETHICS IN WASHINGTON, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) Civil Action No. 11-951 (CKK/JMF) ) FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION, ) ) Defendant. )
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
This matter comes on referral from Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly to determine whether the motion for an award of attorney’s fees filed by plaintiff Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (“CREW”), Plaintiff’s Motion for an Award of Attorneys’ Fees and Costs [#24], should be granted. See Order [#31]. For the reasons stated below, this Court recommends that Judge Kollar-Kotelly grant the motion in full and award CREW $139,998.68 in attorney’s fees and $500 in costs.
On March 7, 2011, CREW submitted a request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. § 552,
to the Federal Elections Commission (“FEC”) via facsimile seeking: 1) correspondence between three named FEC commissioners and outside entities and
In its memorandum attached to its motion, CREW asks for a total of $122,813.75 for three attorneys: Anne Weismann, Adam Rappaport, and Melanie Sloan. See
Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiff’s Motion for an Award of Attorneys’ Fees and Costs [#24-1] at 21. In its Reply in Support of Plaintiff’s Motion for an Award of Attorneys’ Fees and Costs [#30], CREW asks for additional amounts for each of its three lawyers: “XXX” for Wesimann, $1,347.50 for Rappaport, and $757.50 for Sloan. [#30] at 25 n.12. Clearly, the “XXX” was a placeholder that CREW neglected to replace with the actual amount, $15,079.93. See Supplemental Declaration of Anne L. Wesimann [#30-1] at 7. The Court cannot fathom why CREW did not total all of the money that it seeks, but the Court has determined that the amount is $139,998.68.
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