John Gray Calls Out Corey Stewart’s “Survey His Office Conducted For Political Purposes”

John Gray, a past candidate for Prince Willaim County Occoquan Dist. Supervisor and County Chairman, has taken note of some interesting language used by PWC Chairman Corey Stewart in a recent article and is now filing a FOIA request for additional details…

Ms. Horan: In an article published in yesterday’s (Thursday December 11, 2014) edition of Inside Nova titled “Prince William leader floats idea of eliminating real-estate tax cap”, in the third paragraph of the article, Chairman Corey Stewart is reported to have told the reporter Jill Palermo “….as well as a separate survey his office conducted for political purposes….”

Under the authority of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (§ 2.2-3700) I am requesting the following:

1. A complete, unabridged and un-redacted copy of that “separate survey his office conducted for political purposes” to which the Chairman refers in the article.

2. Copies, if available, of any time records indicating time spent by Office of the Chairman County employee staff in conducting that “separate survey his office conducted for political purposes”.

3. Copies, if available, of any reimbursement requested by the Chairman in his capacity as Chairman, on behalf of The Chairman’s campaign or by the Chairman himself individually and personally from the County for this “separate survey his office conducted for political purposes”.

4. Copies of any invoices submitted by and paid, accrued or encumbered to any commercial, non-profit or political organization to the County for the services rendered by any organization (commercial, non-profit or political) in conducting this survey.

5. Quotation as to competent legal authority that allows the Chairman’s office to conduct and expend county taxpayer funds for the “separate survey his office conducted for political purposes” AND competent legal authority for the Chairman’s office for directing his staff to conduct this separate survey for political purposes without the consent or knowledge of the entire PWC Board of County Supervisors.

Respectfully Submitted,

John S. Gray CPA PC


One thought on “John Gray Calls Out Corey Stewart’s “Survey His Office Conducted For Political Purposes”

  1. Readers should know that Stewart has clarified his statement. He was referring to the poll his campaign conducted a few months back. The County Attorney has since asked if in view of that clarification did i want to proceed with the FOIA and I am contemplating my options. Easiest answer is obviously “No, its okay now that its been clarified”. But the article clearly states Corey is proposing County public policy based on his campaign poll. He raised that issue and that point. My position is that by doing so, he placed his campaign poll into the public domain by referring to that poll as a basis for his public policy. I don’t know if there is any legal basis to that theory. Its not within the purview of the County Attorney to make that determination either. And I don’t want to waste the County Attorney’s time and citizen tax dollars to provide the obvious answer to the FOIA as it stands. Would any reader who is an attorney care to respond?

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