The Associated Press reviewed recent electronic public records retention stories and found that laws in all but a handful of states give the public access to government email, but there have been numerous examples of intentionally deleted or routinely purged email. This does not bode well for the publics right to know what our elected officials are doing on the peoples "dime."
A few recent examples include:
- In Hawaii, Gov. Linda Lingle's office allowed emails of her top aide to be purged.
- In North Carolina, Gov. Mike Easley's administration allegedly ordered state workers to delete their email correspondence with his office.
- And in Missouri, lawsuits claim Gov. Matt Blunt's office deleted emails and ordered the destruction of backup email tapes.