Vukmir releases records related to ALEC work

      State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa)
      State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa)
      MADISON (AP) - Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir has released documents related to her work with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.

      Vukmir released the records as part of a settlement of an open records lawsuit filed by the liberal Center for Media and Democracy.

      The group's attorney, Brendan Fischer, told the Wisconsin State Journal in a Friday story that the documents provide the first evidence that an effort by ALEC to rebrand itself as being legislator-driven is "just a sham."

      The records show Vukmir sponsored a model bill under the direction of a lobbying group, after voting on a policy allowing only lawmakers, and not lobbyists, to introduce model bills.

      ALEC spokesman Bill Meierling says the documents are the culmination of a "yearlong witch hunt based on unfounded accusations."