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Sunshine Week: Emails are subject to FOIA
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The controversy encircling former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her use of private email to conduct public business provides our latest example of government in the shadows, a situation we know well in South Carolina. “Shadow government,” as S.C. Press Association Director Bill Rogers has labeled it, means conducting public business via private emails, texts, Twitter or other social media accounts which are not connected to government servers and thus not retrievable by government agencies and the public. The idea electronic communication of public business should be stored and made available to the public similarly to printed communication is not new.