Republicans say ALEC becoming more transparent

Posted Thursday, December 12, 2013 --- 9:28 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Republicans say a pro-business group known for secretly drafting model legislation for conservative lawmakers across the country is trying to become more transparent.

The move by the American Legislative Exchange Council comes as some Republicans have dropped their taxpayer-funded membership in recent years and corporate sponsors have pulled back.

Republican Rep. John Nygren, of Marinette, recently became the Wisconsin state Assembly chairman for ALEC. He tells the Wisconsin State Journal in a story published Thursday that ALEC needs to do a better job telling its story to the public.

ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling says the organization now posts its model legislation, meeting agendas and IRS forms online and no longer stamps communications to members as confidential.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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