Just sharing..... I recently turned to Muckrock.com to attempt to gain access to public records that some agencies were keeping to themselves and denying requests when made in person (and non-publicly).

They basically forward your request through their website as a media organization. The request and any replies are all published publicly.

For some of you it might prove useful when trying to get at public records regarding different agencies, projects, etc.

It's worked for me so far.