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Two lawmakers want transparency for legal defense funds


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two state lawmakers want stricter requirements for legal defense funds.

Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, and Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, announced Monday that they're drafting the Legal Defense Fund Transparency Act.

"We as citizens of this state have the right to know who's paying for the legal fees and to make sure that those donors are fully aware of that fund being transferred from the campaign fund to the legal defense fund," Hebl said.

The legislation would require any official who receives a donation to a legal defense fund to name the donor and the amount within seven days.

In the days leading up to the June 5 recall election, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has called on Gov. Scott Walker to reveal information about forming a legal defense fund. The fund is linked to a secret investigation of some staffers who worked for Walker when he was Milwaukee county executive. 

Walker has not been charged in the investigation.

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