Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

I’m feeling probed


Cory Liebmann, formerly of the self-described “partisan” organization One Wisconsin Now, has sent an unbelievably large open records request to State Representative Leah Vukmir’s office. Among the targets of this fishing expedition is, well, me.

1. All email from 7/1/08 through 1/20/10 for Rep. Vukmir, Dean Cady and Matthew Adamczyk (only in his capacity working for Rep. Vukmir) that fit the following search words and names:

“Jim Sullivan”, “Sullivan”, “WPRI”, “Wisconsin Policy Research Institute”, “MacIver”, “Americans for Prosperity”, “AFP”, “Sykes”, “Belling”, “Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce”, “WMC”, “Grebe”, “Kohler”, “Bradley Foundation”, “Obama”, “Palin”, “McCain”, “ALEC”, “American Legislative Exchange Council”, “Republican”, “Democrat”, “GOP”, “Barrett”, “Scott Walker”, “Lawton”, “Healy”, “Jensen”, “Zignego”, “Walton”, “Wal-Mart”, “Sprenger”, “Wisconsin Right to Life”, “WRTL” , “Pro-Life Wisconsin”, “Tenth Amendment”, “Tea Party”, “Wisconsin Family Council”, “WFC”, “Wisconsin Family Action”, “WFA”, “Appling”, “Julaine”, “Milwaukee Police”, “Grothman”, “Ed Thompson”, “WVCY”, “global warming”, “marijuana”, “PRESS”, “Parents Raising Educational Standards in Schools”, “Rose Fernandez”, “Fraley”, “Mark Block”, “Dooley”, “Real Debate”, “Owen”, “Wigderson”, “McBride”, “Bucher”, “Boots and Sabers”, “Lightbourn”, “Sheehy”, “Koschnick”, “Memphis”, “Luber”, “Stitt”, “One Wisconsin Now”, “Citizen Action”.

As you can see, included in the list are a number of bloggers and conservative media outlets.

At first I was amused by being included in the list. After all, it shows that I must be having some impact. I like to think that I do.

But the more I think about it, the more I’m annoyed. I really resent someone investigating what I do in the course of my work as a writer for the Waukesha Freeman, the MacIver Institute, this blog, and any other publications. This may come as a shock to Liebmann, but I take my work seriously, and my First Amendment rights seriously. I wonder how Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writers or the Wisconsin State Journal would react if they were included in this little probe of his.

I also wonder who is actually going to pay for this open records request. At $.25 cents/page, this could be a nice-sized bill for Liebmann.

For the record, I don’t think there are any records of me contacting Vukmir’s office, so good luck with that.

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