For two years after his 2006 election in which he professed his devotion to open government, Culver rarely used his government e-mail account, instead going to the trouble of sending his e-mails through:
- A private e-mail address.
- A privater server.
- A private computer.
Culver said he did this in order to avoid violating a state law that forbids the use of government e-mail accounts for political or personal purposes. Transparency advocates, according to the article, scoffed at this.