The White House on Thursday made public a trove of emails it received from voters offering comment on its Election Integrity Commission. The commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country….
The White House does not appear to have issued any such public guidelines or warnings before many of the emails were sent.
“These are public comments, similar to individuals appearing before commission to make comments and providing name before making comments,” said Marc Lotter, Press Secretary to Mike Pence, in an email. “The Commission’s Federal Register notice asking for public comments and its website make clear that information ‘including names and contact information’ sent to this email address may be released.”
The Federal Register notice soliciting comments was published on July 5. The White House pagewas published on July 13.
Approximately half of the emails published by the White House were dated prior to July 5.