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Ryan P. Mulvey

Policy Counsel

Ryan P. Mulvey has worked as policy counsel at Americans for Prosperity Foundation since December 2019. He previously worked as Counsel as Cause of Action Institute (2013-2019) and continues to volunteer in that position. Ryan’s practice touches on various aspects of government oversight, civic engagement, and administrative and constitutional law. He regularly lectures on government transparency matters and litigates cases under the Freedom of Information Act and Administrative Procedure Act. Ryan has helped to prosecute state public records requests, too, and provided amicus support at various levels of state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court, on various matters.  As a policy expert, he regularly advises congressional staff about FOIA reform and cutting-edge transparency issues.

Mulvey was graduated from the University of San Diego (2010) summa cum laude with an honors degree in history and political science. He earned his JD and MA in philosophy from Boston University (2013). While a law student, Ryan completed internships at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, as well as the Office of the General Counsel of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. He served as Executive Editor for Notes and Comments at the Review of Banking & Financial Law and worked as a research assistant for the second revised edition of the Heritage Foundation’s Guide to the Constitution (2014).

Ryan is admitted to the practice of law in New York State, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In addition to his work at AFPF, Ryan is the president of the American Society of Access Professionals and a contributor at FOIA Advisor.


"Opening the State House Doors: Examining Trends in Public Access to Legislative Records," 1(2) J. Civic Info. 17 (2019)

Featured Publications

Government transparency: AFP's and AFPF's roles in holding government accountable

Mar 7, 2024 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Recent FOIA Exemption 4 decision highlights problems with SCOTUS' holding in Argus leader

Dec 4, 2019 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Opening the state house doors: examining trends in public access to legislative records

Dec 3, 2019 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Proposed IRS reform of Section 6033 guidance

Oct 30, 2019 by Ryan P. Mulvey

National Review, Inc. v. Mann, et al., Nos. 18-1451 & 18-477

Jul 2, 2019 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Newly released records confirm IRS, DOJ violated taxpayer confidentiality law

May 3, 2019 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, No. 18-481

Mar 22, 2019 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Institute for Justice v. Reilly, No. A19A0076

Oct 23, 2018 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Politics clouding criticism of EPA's heightened sensitive review FOIA procedures

May 14, 2018 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Politicizing FOIA review at the EPA and Interior

Dec 19, 2017 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Lawsuit against McAuliffe, GreenTech Automotive is long overdue

Dec 16, 2017 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Is the White House misleading Congress over a contentious FOIA policy?

Sep 20, 2017 by Ryan P. Mulvey

GreenTech Automotive, Terry McAuliffe, and crony capitalism

Jul 22, 2017 by Ryan P. Mulvey

Goethel v. Department of Commerce, No. 17-75

Jul 12, 2017 by Ryan P. Mulvey

The next front in the FOIA war: Congress blocking disclosures of its dealings with the executive branch

May 8, 2017 by Ryan P. Mulvey

The proof is in the metadata: recent developments in CEI vs. OSTP

Mar 20, 2017 by Ryan P. Mulvey