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White House loses email sent from RNC accounts

White HouseSo apparently White House staffers routinely uses email accounts set up by the Republican National Committee to send important communications. Nothing wrong with that, right? Well, apparently there is.

It turns out that White House staffers are required by law to use government email addresses in order to preserve those communications. And so when some of the emails sent using the RNC addresses just happened to get lost, it caused a little bit of a stir.

The whole RNC email thing had already been under close scrutiny because emails sent before Attorney Alberto Gonzales fired a group of U.S. Attorneys.

A spokesperson for the RNC says that the political committee had set up about 20 email accounts for aids to President Bush, including Karl Rove because those aids were involved with political activities. There's a law prohibiting federal employees from conducting political activities using government resources.

So in other words, you can't use a government email address to send political messages, but you can't use a private email address to send government messages. It's probably no big surprise that staffers occasionally forget which account to use. The question is whether they're intentionally remembering exactly which account to use, and deleting the evidence accordingly.

[via Boing Boing]

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