Racist jokes about President-elect Barack Obama have been circulating among e-mail accounts in Alaska's state government.
Alaska officials have confirmed three racist messages after being told about them by The Associated Press. It appears the original e-mails came from outside the state system, but were forwarded by some state employees.
One official calls it "embarrassing to the state," and says she's notified Governor Sarah Palin. A spokesman for Palin says he understands the Department of Administration is following up with the individuals who forwarded the e-mails.
The state chairman of the Alaska Black Leadership Conference is encouraging Palin to condemn the sharing of the e-mails because it happened "in a state setting."