Stop Government from Harassing People for Political Views

Dec 14, 2017 by AFP

Nobody should be bullied over their political views. They especially shouldn’t be bullied by a government entity. But that’s exactly what happened in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin State Sen. Leah Vukmir had her basic privacy violated, all because of a politically-motivated investigation by the no-longer-existent Government Accountability Board (GAB). The GAB collected hundreds of personal emails from Vukmir, including conversations she had with her daughter about health topics. Her emails were kept by GAB in an unsecure file called “opposition research.”

In a recent piece at the Wall Street Journal, Vukmir explains how she was harassed for her political beliefs.

“‘Elena I have something I need to tell you. Those were the first words I said to my 29-year-old daughter Thursday afternoon,” Vukmir writes. “I was calling to let her know that according to the Wisconsin Justice Department report released Thursday, my personal emails, along with approximately 500,000 of those belonging to my colleagues in the Wisconsin Senate and other Republican leaders, were acquired in a John Doe investigation.”

This politically-motivated violation of Vukmir’s privacy is simply wrong.

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