Thursday, March 13, 2008

"Open Records"

There's a newspaper in town which spends a good deal of time and money screeching about "open records" and "transparency" and "right to know."

You get only 1 guess which newspaper that might be.

Here's a hint: it's the same newspaper which will NOT divulge the identity (ies?) of the folks who ran an ad in the paper advocating spending a boatload of money on Elmbrook high schools.

The Journal Sentinel advertising department maintains the confidentiality of its clients and any client information.

What's the big deal? It was probably an illegal advertisement.

Elmbrook School District officials notified the Waukesha County district attorney Wednesday that whoever paid for an advocacy advertisement regarding the April 1 referendum did not register as required under law.

We'll see how 'confidential' that information is when the DA issues a subpoena.

1 comment:

Jo Egelhoff, said...

Isn't it interesting that when the school district wants to advocate for a referendum, they need not register? The applicable statute is explained here. - (sorry - couldn't get HTML linking tags to work this morning!)