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“Oftentimes, there’s not a distinction between asking a political question in the official office and the campaign office,” Walker said then. “All those things are things that need to be coordinated. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

Four days after the Wink email, Archer told campaign and country staff that she would no longer be checking her private email account and said she could be reached instead on her cellphone, the transcript of a court hearing showed.

But in the months that followed, emails showed continued interaction between Walker’s campaign and county workers.

On July 6, 2010, Archer copied Walker and his campaign consultants as she responded to a request from campaign spokeswoman Jill Bader with information on the amount of Walker’s county pension. Bader was preparing a response to a Democratic claim that Walker would collect more in retirement benefits than other county employees who earned the same pay.

Another email chain from Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, shows Rindfleisch forwarding an email about a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman who died after a stay at the county’s mental health complex from her work account to a Gmail account and then on to Walker, his campaign manager Keith Gilkes and campaign consultant R.J. Johnson.

Walker responds about 3:30 p.m., asking if a reporter had a copy of the lawsuit.

“If not, do we want him to get a copy so it is out late on a Fri?” Walker wrote.

Rindfleisch then sends another email, saying the lawsuit hadn’t been officially filed yet and wasn’t available to the public. Gilkes then recommends “friendly” negotiations begin immediately and “any time after Nov. 2nd would be the time to offer a settlement.”

Walker was elected governor on Nov. 2, 2010.

The nearly 28,000 pages of records were released by a state appeals court after The Associated Press and other media organizations pressed for them to be made public.


Associated Press writers M.L. Johnson, Taylor W. Anderson, Mike Cronin, Doug Glass and Dinesh Ramde contributed to this report. Johnson and Anderson reported from Madison, Cronin from St. Paul, Glass from Minneapolis and Ramde from Milwaukee.