Secrecy sparks dispute

From Beloit Daily News:  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A clash between a national conservative think tank and a Wisconsin group that advocates for open records is raising questions about how much of the public’s business can be conducted behind closed doors.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is being challenged by the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council and others for using file-hosting services to exchange documents with government officials, which shields their discussions from public view, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. ALEC, which writes legislation for state governments, also claims that its materials are not subject to Wisconsin’s open records law.

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council is a member of NFOIC. –eds