DECEMBER 4, 2015

Open Records Request

On November 24, 2015, I received a request under the Wisconsin Open Records Law requesting the names and e-mail addresses of all subscribers to my electronic update. Your name and email address were among the 3,300 records that I have submitted in order to comply with the request. The general rule under the Open Records Law is that all records held by a legislator are open to the public unless a specific provision in the law allows the records to be kept confidential.

I wanted to reach out and let you know that I am required by law to release this information and that your name and email address have been provided to the requestor. I've copied the request below. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you. Please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.


Under chapter 19 of the Wisconsin State Statutes, I am requesting:

1. Your media list, including
     o Names of media organizations, including but not necessarily limited to newspapers, blogs, radio, and television)
     o Names of specific press contacts
     o email addresses for press contacts
     o Phone numbers for press
3. If you have a legislative newsletter, the most recent distribution list for that electronic periodical, including:
     o Names
     o Email addresses

It is my understanding and expectation that because the above information is gathered in the course of normal legislative business, captured by state employees on state time, using and stored on state-owned equipment, it should all fall under open records.

I realize that some of these files may be large, but I would request that they be provided in electronic format, which should minimize or even eliminate any cost to your office. Either Excel or CSV would be acceptable formats.

Moreover, should any of these files prove too large to communicate via email, I am happy to work with you to arrange another means of data transfer.

I do not expect that there would be any cost for this information, particularly since Iím requesting digital files that should mostly be easily exportable. However, if there would be any cost associated with this request, please notify me before fulfilling it.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance in fulfilling this request. I look forward to your reply.


Jackie Johnson
2810 Wentworth Drive
Madison, WI 53719


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