John McCain and Sarah Palin say they want to reform Washington.
But Palin's personal Yahoo e-mail account raises questions about the validity of that claim. The Alaska governor apparently uses the account to conduct state business, as do others in her office. And a fight has been under way for the release of hundreds of e-mails from that account that were withheld from public-records requests.
Palin should speak out about the issue, letting the public know why she used a personal account to conduct state business and why that doesn't cast a shadow on her reformist image. Before Palin was selected as the Republican vice presidential nominee, she presented her 2006 campaign as one that was "open and transparent."
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Government officials may be using personal e-mail accounts to bypass FOI laws
Sarah Palin used her Yahoo e-mail account to discuss official state business when she served as Alaska governor. Could this be a trend?