Friday, June 17, 2016

Y'all come: State employees get Republican invite UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 6:51 AM

13479625_10153484963792191_23229856_n.jpg
A number of state employees wrote yesterday to report their surprise at this invitation to a Republican Party fund-raiser landing in their state e-mail box. By several accounts, the invitation hit virtually every box in one major state agency.

Anybody else get the invite to hear Frank Luntz?

UPDATE: The Department of Finance and Administration was one agency blanketed by the Republican fund-raiser. So I asked spokesman Jake Bleed about policies and learned some interesting things.

1)  Yes, the state-provided email addresses for employees can be obtained via a records request under FOIA. The State maintains a publicly accessible directory of state employees on the Arkansas.gov domain, which includes the option of downloading directory information. You can find it here - http://www.arkansas.gov/directory/download.html - if you click on the link labeled “personnel.txt” you will get what appears to be a complete list of employee official contact information.

2. We have received a few questions and complaints from employees regarding the mailer. Nothing official.

3. I haven’t been able to find a specific policy on email solicitations. However, we get a lot of unsolicited emails – aka “spam” – and have established spam filters to weed out unwanted messages.
I've asked under FOI for a list of key words used to filter out "spam." 

In the meanwhile, if you've the time, you might want to download that mailing list and send word of the fund-raiser tonight at Club Sway to assist victims of the Orlando club shooting. 8 p.m. Any contributions welcome. Should you send an e-mail, you'd probably best avoid words like "gay," "abortion," "gun control" and "Democratic Party." Joking. Sort of. 

UPDATE II: A response from the governor, through spokesman J.R. Davis:

First of all, the Governor’s Office was not involved in the sending of this email. Secondly, the email addresses of state employees is a matter of public record, and we cannot control who sends or receives these emails. However, there is an appropriate concern that state employees do not give out their email address for private political purposes. We are not aware of that happening, but we are reviewing agency policies in that regard.
That prompted one followup question from me:  As the effective leader of both the state GOP and state government, shouldn't the governor encourage the Party not to do broad solicitations of state employees, for fear of appearing to apply political pressure?


Tags: , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (11)

Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-11 of 11

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Child abuse: What about the victims?

    A guest writer in the Arkansas Times, a victim of child sexual abuse, says Arkansas sends a message that it condones abuse by a lack of consequences for the Harrises and Duggars.
    • Jun 3, 2015
  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Arkansas conservatives react to same-sex marriage decision

    Jason Rapert, Mike Huckabee, the Meeks bros, Jerry Cox — beyond these extremists, it's hard to find statements from other Arkansas conservatives. That tell you something?
    • Jun 26, 2015

Most Shared

  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders to be deputy White House press secretary

    Donald Trump announced additional White House staff today, notably including Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
  • Legislation filed for $10 million school voucher program

    The legislation to vastly expand transfer of state tax dollars to private schools came before the school choice day event I mentioned earlier.
  • Pork and more

    Some notes on disparate topics before I take a vacation break.
  • Trumpeting

    When President-elect Trump announced he would, in a few days, force Congress to enact comprehensive health insurance for everyone, poor or rich, that would provide better and cheaper care than they've ever gotten, you had to wonder whether this guy is a miracle worker or a fool.
  • Putin and Trump

    Here's a thought exercise: What do you suppose would happen if Russian strongman Vladimir Putin decided to clarify remarks he reportedly made about Donald Trump during the election campaign?

Visit Arkansas

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

1.73-carat diamond found at Crater of Diamonds State Park

Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation