State Dept. stonewalls request for lobbying, contractor documents

A conservative watchdog group sued the State Department Wednesday over records related to a pair of security contracts awarded by the agency under Hillary Clinton's watch.

Citizens United first sought documentation of talks between State officials, a lobbying firm called DLA Piper and a security contractor called Triple Canopy through a Freedom of Information Act request filed in August 2014.

The group sued the State Department after the agency ignored its FOIA request for 10 months. Citizens United had previously worked with State to narrow the scope of its inquiry, to no avail.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United, noted the group's interest in the arrangement is less about the substance of the security contracts and more about the cozy relationships that might have helped Triple Canopy obtain them.