The governor said he had gotten more than 8,000 emails as of Feb. 17, with ‘the majority’ urging him to ‘stay firm’ on his budget repair bill. We’re just trying to see these largely supportive responses.”
Isthmus Daily Page reported Friday that the Wisconsin Associated Press has filed suit against Governor Scott Walker “over his office’s failure to respond to open records requests regarding emails received by his office.”
The Associated Press, through reporter Todd Richmond, emailed its request for the referenced 8,000 emails on Feb. 18. Richmond followed this on Feb. 25 with an email to [Cullen] Werwie and [Brian] Hagedorn inquiring as to the status of his request and asking that it be expanded to include “all emails the governor has received that mention the budget repair bill.”
As of today, the governor’s office and his legal counsel have not responded to these requests for records, or provided information on their status.
In his February 25th email, Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, made clear his reluctance to take legal action if avoidable:
“My strong preference is never to litigate when it is possible to cooperate, but I should let you know that, given the obvious news value of these communications and the urgency of these issues, media requesters of this information are considering legal remedies.
Read the entire Isthmus piece HERE.