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Rick Scott's Administration Really Hates Sunshine Laws

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"Are there things we don't want you to know? Yes," Brian Burgess, Rick Scott's communication director (or misdirector in many cases) tells the Times/Herald's Tallahassee Bureau. "There are things we don't want to broadcast to our opponents."

Florida's Sunshine Laws are supposed to foster an open and transparent government, but time and time again, Scott's administration has seemingly tried to skirt such laws, and an investigation by the Times/Herald reveals that few members of the administration use their public email addresses and prefer to communicate through their own private email accounts.

"I rarely check and almost never respond to work email because of the open records law," Mary Anne Carter, one of Scott's top lieutenants who is paid $150,000 a year, replied to an email sent to her from the office of Sen. Bill Nelson.

That seems to be the general practice of the Scott campaign, though it might not be legal.
The Code of Personal Responsibility in the Governor's Office discourages the staff from using personal e-mail for state business "unless such use is necessary upon a reasonable evaluation of the circumstances at hand."

If personal e-mail is used, the code encourages the employee to forward public records to a state account or retain the messages according to Department of State policy.

Few of the governor's top staffers have forwarded private e-mails to their public accounts, according to hundreds of e-mails the Times/Herald has inspected.
But what is the administration trying to hide? And who exactly does Burgess view as Scott's opponents? The anemic Democratic Party of Florida? The media? The people of Florida?

[St. Pete Times: Top adviser avoids creating public records as she shapes Gov. Rick Scott's policy, e-mails show]

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Transparency Indeed...!
Transparency Indeed...!

This is rich!! Look at the Obummer White House for coverups, lies, distortions, etc. Why is our Liar-in-Chief given a free pass from the lamestream media...? Nobody watches/gathers their news from any of the leftwing outlets anymore(msnbc, CBS, ABC, CNN). Everything they report on has a far left slant towards the socialist policies(unions, illegal immigrants, etc) Obummer espouses on. Get real...

Limp Wrist
Limp Wrist

Rick Scott has a mob associate in his leadership coalition. Meet Joe Ardolina of American Truck Sales. He's a former vice president in the now defunct H&W Refuse Service whose president was Anthony Carione, fingered by law enforcement along with his brother Frank Carione, as then active figures in the underworld. Another brother, Joseph Carione, plead guilty to defrauding the government as a co-defendant in a case that involved Colombo crime boss Andrew Russo. bit.ly/edERUe

Al Crespo
Al Crespo

For the record I tried posting a comment on how I had detailed a list of Miami City Commissioners, including Commissioner "Ethics" Sarnoff for using private email accounts to conduct public business and when I tried posting it, there was a message that popped up saying "Your comment must be approved by moderator before appearing here."

I did a screen grab of that message. So, what's with the moderator for some message, and not for all? Or is it a Crespo thing?

Al Crespo
Al Crespo

So what's up? How come you won't post my comments?

lydia
lydia

it is only a matter of time before Dick Rott slips up and something impeachable is exposed. I can't wait for that day either. Is anyone investigating this illicit activity?

nevernot
nevernot

So the criminal Rick Scott is now pushing his illegal actions on his entire staff... Fantastic. They are public servants and as such, their work is a matter of public record. Any attempt to obfuscate their business dealings is a flagrant violation of the law. See you in court Scott, I'm sure you're used to being called to defend yourself and testify by now.

Al Crespo
Al Crespo

This is a problem state-wide. In the City of Miami, I uncovered 3 of the 5 City Commissioners conducting public business through private email accounts. In addition, I have evidence of numerous senior staff who also conduct public business through private email accounts. By far the biggest abuser of this is none other than Commissioner "Ethics" Sarnoff who I've been able to identify at least 4 private email accounts, and who I forced to give me over 9000 emails from several of these accounts under the threat of a lawsuit.

That's the only way to force these public officials to comply with the law. Threaten them with a lawsuit if they won't turn over these emails on private accounts, and then follow up and sue their asses if they won't!

www.crespogram.com

Alvarado1
Alvarado1

yes we have devised a fiendishly evil application that specifically stops Al Crespo from posting anything in the comments section.

Jose D. Duran
Jose D. Duran

@Crespo: did you have links in your comment? Disqus automatically flags anything with links as possible spam until I am able to get to it, which is whenever I have the time to approve it.

Show Us Some Transparency!
Show Us Some Transparency!

There are so many moronic idiots out there who love Barry and cum every time he speaks(teleprompts), you must be one of 'em...!

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