Target: Eric Holcomb, Governor of Indiana
Goal: Release to the public emails found on a personal AOL account which Mike Pence used for government business.
A personal email account used by Mike Pence during his tenure as governor of Indiana was hacked, and now officials are refusing to release specific correspondence that legally belongs in the public record. Contacts on Pence’s AOL account were sent scam messages by hackers who were likely able to see all of Pence’s emails as well. Though Indiana law does not ban the use of private accounts, it is generally understood the account should not be used for sensitive matters.
Private email accounts are less secure than government servers. Emails already released include correspondence with Pence’s chief-of-staff and the top public safety and homeland security adviser. Pence’s efforts to stop Syrian refugees from resettling in Indiana, the state’s response to global terror attacks, and details about suspects in an FBI case were all discussed through the AOL account.
Pence’s successor, Eric Holcomb, released about 30 pages of emails but has withheld an indeterminate amount, claiming they are too sensitive for public record. This is alarming because the hackers who had access to Pence’s contacts likely also had access to his inbox and outbox. Indiana law dictates that any private emails containing government business should be forwarded to a government account to be stored on record. Pence’s administration claims they followed the law, but many are additionally concerned because this step was taken only at the end of his term.
During the presidential election, Pence was a loud critic of Hilary Clinton’s use of a private email server. While the governor did not deal with information as confidential as the secretary of state, his failure to keep sensitive details out of reach of hackers showcases his inadequacy in keeping a private email account. The public has a right to know how its vice president handles matters of national security. Please sign this petition to demand that Holcomb release all the government-related emails Pence sent and received from his AOL account.
Dear Governor Holcomb,
Mike Pence’s use of a private email account to discuss sensitive information is alarming. Though you have released a handful of emails, there are still many that legally belong in the public record. You claim that some emails are not meant for the average citizen’s eyes, but if Pence found the emails safe enough to be sent through a private account, then they should be released.
Critics are already questioning evidence that Pence’s administration waited until the last minute to transfer the AOL emails to the public record. You could dodge further scandal by ensuring that those emails are stored as they are meant. I demand that you release all emails from Pence’s private account dealing with government business.
[Your Name Here]
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