Thursday, February 23, 2006

Caucus Workers Were Warned to Hide Campaign Materials

Grant said staffers were advised not to use state e-mail to do correspondence regarding campaigns.

"We were told it should be done with private or personal email addresses," Grant said, although he said even if he was using a personal account, he was still sending via a state computer.

There was also a practice of alerting ARC staffers to the presence of a visitor from the chief clerk's office or the media, Grant said.

"We were told not to leave things out for other people to see," he said.

On one occasion to his recollection, an announcement was made over the intercom that then-Assembly Chief Clerk Charlie Sanders was on his way to the ARC office. He said if anyone from the clerk's office, Ethics Board or media came over staff was to "hide any non-state materials, meaning hide all campaign-related materials."

He said he earned a salary of between $40,000 and $50,000 from the state during his employ at ARC. Grant said he did receive immunity from prosecutors for his testimony.

Jensen attorney Meyer has begun his cross of Grant.

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