Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is facing a federal lawsuit from the conservative MacIver Institute accusing Evers of accusing Evers of violating the First and 14th Amendments by declining to provide the outlet with the guv’s media advisories, according to WisPolitics.
The group said Evers also barred its reporters from a background briefing on the budget that other reporters — but not all of those credentialed to cover the state Capitol — were invited to attend.
Ever’s office said he’s committed to transparency and believes a “fair and unbiased press corps” is key to democracy.
“Our administration provides many opportunities for both reporters and the public to attend open events with the governor,” said Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff. “Gov. Evers is committed to openness and transparency in state government, and he believes strongly that a fair and unbiased press corps is essential to our democracy, especially now as Wisconsinites and all Americans are calling for accountability from elected officials who refuse to take action on gun safety reform, healthcare, and the hatred and violence borne of white supremacy.”