Conservative Wisconsin group expanding focus nationally

A conservative Wisconsin group that’s filed lawsuits in defense of several of Governor Scott Walker’s most contentious proposals is expanding its work nationally.

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty announced a new effort Monday designed to combat what it describes as overreach of the federal government.

Republican state Senator Duey Stroebel says he hopes the work leads to a national movement against federal government overreach “so we can all push back together.”

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also joined WILL leaders to praise the new group.

WILL’s Rick Esenberg says the effort is funded with $800,000 from the Bradley Foundation, which had been led by Walker’s former campaign chairman.

Scot Ross leads the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now. He says the new group’s intent is to advance Walker’s agenda.