Ore. legislator's email blast crashed servers

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon lawmaker crashed the Legislature's website earlier this year when sent a newsletter and four large attachments to nearly 500,000 people.

Republican Rep. Dennis Richardson of Central point compiled his massive email list using addresses from public records requests of state agencies.

Richardson first said he was using the list to solicit suggestions for use in his role as co-chair of the committee that drafts the budget. The Salem Statesman Journal reported Wednesday (http://stjr.nl/JgxpMb ) that he has also sent his legislative newsletters and other communications.

A report by state computer specialists says the crash slowed Internet access to a crawl and impeded access to the Legislature's website, including audio streaming of legislative hearings.

A spokesman for House Republicans says Richardson has worked with experts to avoid future problems.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com