State wants to charge $60,000 to news outlet for Barbour’s e-mails, other daily records

Would you like to read the gubernatorial emails of Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, a likely GOP presidential candidate? If so, it’s gonna cost you. At least $53,460—and possibly closer to $200,000.

Several weeks ago, Mother Jones filed a request under the Mississippi’s Public Records Act for all of Barbour’s official emails, calendars, call logs, and travel records since the beginning of his tenure in January 2004. Amanda Jones, Barbour’s counsel (who has referred to her boss as “one of the greatest governors that the State of Mississippi has ever had”), replied in a letter that the state could not process this request until it receives a check for nearly $60,000.

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3/24/11