Former staffers for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said they routinely used private e-mail accounts to discuss sensitive political and policy decisions with Sanford.More here.
The governor's office denies the practice was used to shield those communications from the public.
The state's Freedom of Information Act makes any discussion of state business on state computers a public document.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Staffers say S.C. governor used private e-mail for public business
Will Folks, former spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, says he checked his private e-mail at least 10 times a day when working for the governor, McClatchy-Tribune News Service reported. Of the 3900 pages of Sanford's messages provided to The State newspaper, 174 e-mails were from his private account. But those didn't contain much discussion of state business. Current Sanford spokesman Joe Sawyer says the office doesn't use private e-mail to get around open records laws. Regardless, Ashley Landess, president of the South Carolina Policy Council, said her group will now ask other state government leaders to turn over private e-mails concerning public matters.