Keith Ireland, managing director of Wolverhampton City Council, made the claim that the FoI act was not being used for the reasons it was originally intended.
Mr Ireland spoke out about the Act during a meeting of the council’s scrutiny board, covered by Wolverhampton daily the Express & Star.
His comments came just days after Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Commons, told MPs it “isn’t acceptable” for journalists to use FoI to generate stories, claiming it amounted to “misuse” of the legislation.
The campaign was founded after the Government appointed a commission made up mainly of opponents of FoI to look at watering-down the legislation.
During the meeting, Mr Ireland said: “The vast majority of requests come from media across the country, be that the BBC, local media, or media in general.
“They come from people who are out to create trouble for councils and students who are too lazy to do their own research.
“Others come from big companies who can’t be bothered to look up the data and want to know when contracts are on for re-evaluation.
“It is a really costly exercise. The original principle of FoI is not what is happening in reality.”
A report revealed the council received 272 FoI requests between April and June this year.
Of those requests officers identified that 59 had been made by media organisations.
Labour deputy leader Tom Watson has previously expressed his support for keeping the Act as it is, arguing that if anything its powers should be expanded to cover private companies providing public services too.
He told the Express & Star: “I profoundly disagree with the comments made by Mr Ireland.
“The Freedom of Information Act may sometimes make life uncomfortable for public servants but it has led to information being made available to the public about the decisions made in their name.
“That’s why the Act should be strengthened and extended rather than watered down by the Tories.”