Top Jindal aides use personal email to strategize

December 11, 2012 11:23 AM

From Go San Angelo Standard-Times:

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts -- a method of communication that can make it more difficult to track under public records laws despite Jindal's pledge to bring more transparency to state government.
 
The issue was a prominent one during the administration of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
 
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The head of a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks public records issues said government officials often use private email accounts to try to sidestep disclosure laws designed to provide sunshine in government.
 
"Absolutely people use private accounts to hide things," said Kenneth Bunting, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, based at the University of Missouri. "If government business is conducted or information about it is sent or received on personal computers or through personal email accounts, that does not keep it from being the public's business."

See this editorial from NOLA.com: Jindal administration should be open with the public