Advocacy group wants Ohio's top cop to probe ALEC

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Open government advocates are asking Ohio's top law enforcer to investigate a conservative legislative group they allege has falsely claimed tax-exempt status while engaged in Statehouse lobbying.

The request to Attorney General Mike DeWine adds to a long list of state attorneys general asked by advocacy group Common Cause to probe the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

The nonprofit founded in 1973 comprises nearly 2,000 state legislators as well as private sector officials.

It has come under increasing fire this year from liberal activists. Armed with newly available information on the group, they allege ALEC's corporate structure, retreats and scholarship fund for lawmakers and their families foster unchecked influence over state lawmaking.

ALEC attorney Alan Dye said in a statement the claims are false and distort applicable law.