The American Tradition Institute (ATI) is another in a long line of astroturf organisations in DC who shuffle through the same small number of activists. The only two people who appear to be active in this organization are Paul Chesser (formerly of the Heartland Institute and John Locke foundation), and the 'director' of their Environmental Law Center, Chris Horner, who is also an attorney for CEI.
They put in a request in 2011 for records related to Jim Hansen's (GISS) outside activities. This was mostly refused on the 'personal information' FOIA exemption (NASA Response).
ATI have now appealed that decision. Curiously they are using information gained via the CEI vs NASA lawsuit in DC district court, being pursued by.... Chris Horner.
Issues: FOIA Appeals, Personnel records, official duties