MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Emails obtained by a news station in Madison show that Gov. Scott Walker and his top advisers used private email accounts to send hundreds of messages early in the Republican’s term in 2011.

WKOW reported Thursday that in response to an open records request Walker’s office turned over nearly 1,000 pages of emails sent by top aides in 2011.

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Walker’s spokeswoman Laurel Patrick says staff members are trained to forward any personal emails related to state business to their official accounts.

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But dozens of the emails WKOW received were never sent to an official state account until they were forwarded to the government email of Walker’s legal counsel on July 31. That was four years after the emails were originally written and two months after the station’s open records request.

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