UConn Foundation says open records would hurt fundraising

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut Foundation has told state lawmakers any law forcing records to be opened to the public would make it harder to raise money.

Representatives of the fundraising organization of the state’s flagship university said at a legislative meeting Thursday that negative consequences of requiring open records would apply even if donors’ names are excluded.

Josh Newton, president and chief executive of the foundation, said if its records become public, donors may fear the state will rely on foundation money to replace state funding.

Rep. Roberta Willis D-Salisbury, said the foundation is the same as a public agency and should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

The foundation drew criticism for certain spending such as $250,000 to Hillary Clinton for a lecture and $300,000 toward UConn President Susan Herbst’s compensation.
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