The Lens wants to teach you how to find public records related to government spending

Public records are your window into local government. On Tuesday, March 6, journalists from The Lens will explain how you can use public records to hold your government agencies accountable and how to get those records. This time, we will focus on government spending records, including those at City Hall.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How Louisiana’s public records laws work
  • What is and, more importantly, what is not included in a government budget
  • How to find records related to public contracts, including bids, invoices and checks
  • How to find public employees’ salaries
  • How to deal with public employees who aren’t experienced with the law


Can’t make it but appreciate what we do? Consider making a gift.

Thank you to our sponsors who help keep event entrance fees minimal: Online Optimism and GNO Inc.


Date: Tuesday, March 6

Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

LocationPropeller, 4035 Washington Avenue (one block off South Broad Avenue)

Questions: Email Anne at

Open to the public with a suggested donation of $20.

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About Anne Mueller

As the Development director Mueller leads The Lens’ fundraising efforts including foundations, major gifts, annual giving, events, sponsorship and prospect research. She has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in New Orleans, New York City and Oxford, MS. Her professional experience include The National World War II Museum and A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Bennington College (VT) and a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture. She can be reached at (504) 258-1624.