Palin's 'Private' Emails Raise Accountability Flap

Two-account system undercuts public transparency, critics charge
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2008 2:03 PM CDT
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally in Golden, Colo., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
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(Newser) – Candidate Sarah Palin vowed to be an "open and transparent" governor, but as VP candidate she's drawing unwanted scrutiny with her use of private email to conduct state business, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Although the governor has a state email account, which is archived, she appears to use her private Yahoo account, which is not for state business.

Palin even has a separate BlackBerry for each account. But her office has withheld hundreds of Yahoo emails from public records, citing exemptions for “deliberative process.” Local political activists who filed public-records requests for staffers' emails turned up an example of an aide apparently being reminded not to send an email about state business to the state account. "Frank, This is not the Governor's personal e-mail account," said the reply. His answer: "Whoops~!"