In documents, Republican Joe Miller admits he lied to former employer

Records released Tuesday by a former employer of Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller show the candidate admitting to improperly using office computers for political purposes and to lying about it when asked.

Alaska's GOP Senate nominee has fought the release of the records, but the documents from his time as a government attorney for the Fairbanks North Star Borough were made public Tuesday per a court order.

The Tea Party-backed Miller upset Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in the Republican primary earlier this year and now faces Democrat Scott McAdams as well as Murkowski, who is waging a write-in campaign, in next week's general election.

The documents were obtained by the Alaska Dispatch after the publication sued to have the records released. A handful of other news organizations, including The Associated Press, followed suit. 

The records show Miller admitting to improperly using several borough computers to vote in an online poll advocating the ouster of the state's Republican Party Chairman.  

Miller admitted his actions in an e-mail dated March of 2007, writing, "Over the lunch hour this past Wednesday, I got on three computers (not belonging to me) in the office."

He went to say that he used them to access his personal website "for political purposes (participated in a poll), and then cleared the cache on each computer."

Miller admitted to lying about accessing the computers, but later said, "I then admitted about accessing the computers, but lied about what I was doing. Finally, I admitted what I did."

In the same e-mail, Miller wrote, "I acknowledge that my access to others' computers was wrong, participating in the poll was wrong, lying was wrong, and there is absolutely no excuse for any of it."

Miller was suspended for three days as a result of the incident and was placed on six months' probation. 

The Miller campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.