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Republicans: ALEC working to become more transparent


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin Rep. John Nygren has joined those saying the American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC), known for secretly drafting model legislation for conservative lawmakers around the country, is trying to become more transparent.

The move by the ALEC comes as some Republicans have dropped their taxpayer-funded membership in the group and corporate sponsors have pulled back.

Liberals have criticized the conservative group's practice of writing bills in secret for Republicans to introduce in statehouses nationwide.

Nygren, a Republican from Marinette, recently became Wisconsin's State Assembly chairman for ALEC, and he tells the Wisconsin State Journal ALEC needs to do a better job telling its story to the public.

"They've let the folks who disagree with us define who we are. That's their biggest mistake," Nygren said of the group. "If that means telling their story more, sharing more information, so be it."

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

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