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Tom Kamenick Wins Citizen Openness Award; Launches Speaking Tour Around State

President and Founder of Wisconsin Transparency Project will speak in Green Bay, Hudson, Minocqua, and Wisconsin Rapids

Tom Kamenick, President and Founder of the Wisconsin Transparency Project, has been awarded the prestigious “OPEE” award, handed out annually by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council to recognize people and organizations who fight for governmental transparency. Tom joins fellow award winners Kevin Wymore, former Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, FOX6 News reporter Amanda St. Hilaire (a Project Client), Lafayette County Supervisor Kriss Marion, the Wisconsin State Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Tom was awarded the Citizen Openness Award, or “COPEE”. As the Wisconsin FOIC explained,

Kamenick, meanwhile, left his job with the Wisconsin Institute of Law & Liberty to launch the Wisconsin Transparency Project, the state’s first law firm devoted to open government litigation. He has already filed several lawsuits and helped dozens of people in their pursuit of records and access. “When they don’t follow the law,” he writes, “we’re here for you.” Sadly, it looks as though his business will not want for clients.

Tom is also announcing a speaking tour the week of March 23. Having just recently spoken on an Open Records Law panelfor the Madison Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists, he will be touring the state the week of March 23. The following stops will be open to the public at no charge:

  • 3/23, 6:30 p.m. – Kress Library, 333 N. Broadway, De Pere (hosted by the Brown County Taxpayers Association, the NEW Patriots, and the Republican Party of Brown County)

  • 3/24, 6:00 p.m. – Hudson Area Public Library, 700 1st St., Hudson

  • 3/25, 1:00 p.m. – Minocqua Public Library, 415 Menominee St., Minocqua (hosted by League of Women Voters of the Northwoods and Citizens for Education in Town Governance)

Later that week, Tom will also be presenting at the Professional Association of Wisconsin Licensed Investigators’ 2020 Conference.

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