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MuckRock is a non-profit, collaborative news site that brings together journalists, researchers, activists, and regular citizens to request, analyze, and share government documents, making politics more transparent and our democracy more informed. We sought to build a collaborative site that was easy and intuitive while having a real impact both at the national level as well as providing best-in-class tools for providing oversight and accountability at the state and local level in the United States.

MuckRock is an open project: The source code is open source and anyone is free to take advantage of the site’s data, repository of tens of thousands of requests and millions of pages of government records, hours of video, and more. Since its founding in 2010, it has helped release over 1.6 million pages of previously secret government records from over 8,000 different agencies at the local, state, and federal level. And that does not include our successful lawsuit against the CIA that publicly released over 13 million pages earlier this year. We do all this through the use of the Freedom of Information Act and public records requests, which require government agencies to provide documents to tax payers. MuckRock uses a mix of software, a strong community, public pressure, and original reporting to make these laws more effective and put them in the hands of more people.

It’s a large and growing community: Over 8,000 users across the country have used the platform to almost 40,000 public records requests, making MuckRock the largest non-governmental repository of public records requests in the United States by a wide margin. Hundreds of thousands, including reporters, policy makers, and the general public, take advantage of these resources every month. Over half of MuckRock requests are at the state and local level, which is critically important with shrinking local news organizations that struggle to hold officials accountable. Over the past year, MuckRock has continued to increase the breadth and scale of its work, helping power investigations by major media organizations and independent journalists alike, including investigations into government surveillance, prison privatization, asset forfeiture, corporate handouts, and a variety of other key public policy issues.



MuckRock was founded in 2010 with the goal of making government transparency easier for everyone, including journalists, researchers, and every day citizens. We officially became a non-profit in 2016, and have helped thousands of users open up government and ask important questions. MuckRock currently has five staff members, including a chief executive, a senior developer, a reporter, an editor, and an office manager.