FAIRFAX, Va. – A judge has ruled against a group looking to data from the Koch Foundation gifts, according to a Virginia university.
The Koch Foundation has given tens of millions of dollars in the course of the years at George Mason University, more than any school in the country. The relationship faced increased scrutiny since the university named the law school for the conservative jurist Antonin Scalia in 2016, in conjunction with a Koch Foundation donation.
Student-led group Transparent GMU sought details of the donor agreements with the foundation.
Judge John M. Tran ruled Thursday that the George Mason University Foundation is not a public body and not subject to freedom of information laws.
Left unclear is the precise role of the school’s Gift acceptance committee. The court said that the commission could not work in secret.
The transparency of the group said that it will appeal the ruling.