School board president self reports government email violation

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Matt Geiger
“I did improperly use my school district email account,” Lindgren said. “Not intentionally, but stupidly. It was wrong.”

The president of the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board contacted the Government Accountability Board last week to self-report what appears to be a violation of a state law that prohibits using government resources for political purposes. 

Ellen Lindgren sent out an email encouraging people to attend an event featuring Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke late on Wednesday, Jan. 15

“This is a terrific opportunity to get to know a candidate for governor, and I hope you will come,” Lindgren wrote at the top of the email, which went to various individual, including some public employees and elected officials.

“You are invited to a reception, hosted by Ellen Lindgren, with Mary Burke Democratic Candidate for Governor Wednesday, January 22nd,” it continued. The event was scheduled to take place from 5-6 p.m. at the Executive Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency, 333 West Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee

 Lindgren said she didn’t realize she sent the message from her school board email account until the next morning. She reported the infraction to the GAB on Thursday, Jan. 16.

“I did improperly use my school district email account,” she told the Times-Tribune. “Not intentionally, but stupidly. It was wrong.”

Burke is running against Governor Scott Walker, the Republican incumbent. Lindgren ran as a Democratic candidate for state Assembly in 2012.

“I’ve been telling everybody I’m sorry,” she added. “This was something I should have thought about, and I don’t want it to reflect poorly on anyone but me.”

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