Governor's Office Won't Destroy E-Mails Due to Activist

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AUSTIN -- A political activist is doing what he can to stop Governor Rick Perry has his staff from destroying e-mail records after seven days.

Milwaukee-based software consultant John Washburn programmed his computer to automatically send out two requests a week for all government e-mail generated by Perry staffers. Under state law, records aren't supposed to be destroyed once somebody has asked for them.

Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody says the governor's office will comply with Washburn's requests. That promise prompted officials to deactivate the automatic destruction of the records.

Moody also told The Associated Press Saturday that Perry didn't initiate the e-mail policy. It was in place under former Governor George W. Bush.