- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s appearance at a conference put on by an anti-gay organization (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel’s campaign is defending Schimel’s appearance at an anti-gay organization’s conference.

Alliance Defending Freedom spent nearly $4,000 to cover Schimel’s travel to the California conference in July. The statement indicates ADF also paid Schimel a $300 honorarium. Schimel’s state spokesman, Johnny Koremenos, said Schimel participated in a panel discussion of states’ rights.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has classified ADF as an extremist group that supports criminalizing homosexuality.



Schimel’s Democratic challenger, Josh Kaul, says it’s unacceptable for Schimel to participate in an ADF conference.

Schimel campaign manager Matthew Dobler reiterated that Schimel spoke about state sovereignty and free speech. He says Kaul should spend more time learning about the attorney general’s job than hiding behind attacks on an organization working to preserve freedom of speech, religion and conscience.

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11:00 a.m.

Democrats are attacking Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel for attending a conference put on by an anti-gay organization.

State records show the Alliance Defending Freedom spent nearly $4,000 to cover Schimel’s travel to the California conference in July. The statement indicates ADF also paid Schimel a $300 honorarium.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has classified ADF as an extremist group that supports criminalizing homosexuality.

Democrat Josh Kaul is challenging Schimel in November’s elections. He says it’s unacceptable for Schimel to participate in a conference put on by such a “virulently anti-gay” organization.

Schimel spokesman Johnny Koremenos said Schimel spoke on a panel discussing states’ rights. Koremenos didn’t immediately reply to an email seeking comment on Kaul’s remarks.

No one immediately replied to an email left in ADF’s inbox.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the name of the group is Alliance Defending Freedom, instead of Alliance for Defending Freedom.

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