One Man Stops Gov. Perry from Destroying Public Records

Gov. Perry (Mr. 39%) has been destroying the public record
for years, and one man has put a stop to it.

I've submitted hundreds of information requests to TxDOT, MPO's, RMA's, County and City governments in the past 3.5 years.

I also recall asking Mr. 39% for his emails, and the response was - he didn't have any. This guy isn't even a Texan, and he's stepping up to fight corruption.
Ask yourself this - what can you do for Texas today?

From the Austin American Statesman...

After learning that Gov. Rick Perry has his staff destroy e-mail records after seven days, a political activist decided last week to do what he can to stop the practice. John Washburn, a Milwaukee-based software consultant, programmed his computer to automatically send out two requests a week for all government e-mail generated by Perry staffers. Under state law, records aren't supposed to be destroyed once somebody has asked for them.

"I've kind of put a stick in the spokes of the wheel," Washburn said.

"The whole point of public records is to make those ongoing transactions and government policy decisions more transparent to the public. If they're gone, by definition, that's about as opaque as it gets,"

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh, I just BET Perry prefers to handle everything verbally! Crooks know to stay off the record and know how to do that.

It is not right that all the different state agencies and local government entities each get to sort of decide their own rules on archiving emails and how to do he archiving. The Secretary of State has been a big joke for many years when it comes to rightly administering the Texas Open Records Act.

Coincidentally, the Occupant of the White House has just had his knuckles rapped over this very same issue.


Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington are suing The Smirk about destroying emails and the judge so far has supported them.

When illegal and unethical behavior becomes rampant as it has with the Republicans in power in D.C. and in the Texas State House, it is only natural that the rampant unethical secrecy and unlawful destruction of records ensues.

Keep in mind Karl Rove was contaminating openness in Texas government when The Smirk was the Texas governor, so that cancer was well established and metastasizing nicely when Perry slipped in.

""The republic is dead. Not sick, not dying, not failing, or in a gradual decline, not waiting to be resuscitated, but already stone cold dead. "
Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski