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
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 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
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
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.
2810 Wentworth Drive
Madison, WI 53719
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