DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – St. Louis County has released a series of emails between County Commissioner Pete Stauber and the National Republican Congressional Committee after a court order.
Stauber, the GOP candidate for the 8th District congressional seat, exchanged the messages on his county government email account. The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party sued for access, arguing the emails were public data. A judge on Monday ordered them released.
Several emails outlined meetings with Republican lawmakers about an Obama administration decision to block mineral prospecting near the Boundary Waters. Stauber also requested opposition research on a political opponent.
DFL Chairman Ken Martin says the emails show Stauber used taxpayer resources as recently as April to advance his political career.
Stauber faces Democrat Joe Radinovich. The race is considered a prime GOP pickup opportunity.
This story has been updated to delete an incorrect reference to the Minneapolis Star Tribune joining the suit seeking the emails.