Groups file lawsuit over lawmakers' emails

Lawmaker calls lawsuit "political witch hunt"

Published On: Oct 02 2012 08:57:37 AM CDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2012 10:29:25 AM CDT
State Capitol
MADISON, Wis. -

Two government watchdog groups have filed a lawsuit against five Republican lawmakers over access to their personal email accounts.

Common Cause and the Center for Media and Democracy filed the lawsuit Monday in Dane County Circuit Court.

It alleges the lawmakers violated Wisconsin's open records law by declining to say whether they searched their personal email accounts for contacts with the conservative group the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The lawsuit is against Reps. Tyler August, Dan Knodl, Tom Larson, Pat Strachota and Jeremy Thiesfeldt.

The lawmakers told the groups they searched their official state accounts and turned over any emails they found there.

Strachota told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a story published Tuesday that the lawsuit is a "political witch hunt."