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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Law - "Unsealed email ties Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to secret email system"

A lengthy, newly-posted story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported by Patrick Marley, Daniel Bice and Bill Glauber, begins:

Madison — Included in more than 27,000 emails unsealed Wednesday is one that for the first time directly ties Gov. Scott Walker to a secret email system used in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive.

"Consider youself now in the 'inner circle,'" Walker's administration director, Cynthia Archer, wrote to Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch just after the two exchanged a test message.

"I use this private account quite a bit to communicate with SKW and Nardelli. You should be sure you check it throughout the day," she wrote, referring to Walker by his initials and to Walker's chief of staff, Tom Nardelli.

Court documents have previously showed Walker's aides set up a secret wireless router in the county executive's office and traded emails that mixed county and campaign business on Gmail and Yahoo accounts. The email from Archer made public Wednesday is the closet link yet between that system and Walker.

The exchange was included in the raft of documents unsealed Wednesday as part of Rindfleisch's appeal of her 2012 conviction of misconduct in office for doing campaign work on county time.

[h/t Election Law Blog]

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 19, 2014 03:42 PM
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