Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach is using private email for work

Nearly 1,000 pages of documents turned over by the Kansas Attorney General’s Office show Kris Kobach has used a private email address for government work purposes.

From filing lawsuits to reviewing bill drafts and testimony to editing opinion pieces published in conservative media, Kobach’s private Gmail account is a regular recipient of government emails.

“Attorney General Kobach and his staff sent emails to his personal email address for ease of access and to ensure business was handled in a timely manner,” said Charles Dalton, Kobach’s chief of staff, in a statement. “The emails did not include any sensitive items. In fact, the documents sent are part of the public record and subject to the Kansas Open Records Act.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal obtained eight PDFs totaling 940 pages of emails and attachments. A list indicates 169 separate emails sent to Kobach’s private email account, plus 39 sent by that Gmail. The Kansas Open Records Act request cost the newspaper $209.13.

But the KORA response also indicates there was an unspecified number of additional pages that weren’t released, deemed confidential enough to excluded entirely from the responsive records. A handful of the released documents contained redactions.


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