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As I See It

As I See It

Wisconsin's longest running daily commentary, a daily tradition since 1971.

Tuesday - May 22, 2018 5:57 am

It is bad enough that Wisconsin's Attorney General spoke to an organization accused of being a hate group. What is worse is his efforts to cover it up. Attorney General Brad Schimel traveled to a California resort to be among the speakers at a convention of the group Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization. That group has in the past supported the idea of criminalizing homosexuality, leading to calls that they are a hate group. Financial disclosure filings show Schimel's $4100 trip was paid for by Alliance Defending Freedom. But apparently he didn't want us to find out about it. He told his staffers his attendance at the conference was personal, not work-related, and that no portion of his travel should be considered public information. He insisted the agenda for his talks not be made public. That is troubling. As Wisconsin's Attorney General, Schimel oversees state laws regarding transparency in government, and he has made improving government transparency a prominent part of his campaign. How can he effectively do that if he is trying to hide from the public the fact that he accepted a free trip to speak before what many consider a hate group? It appears that when it comes to government transparency in Wisconsin, the fox is guarding the hen house.

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