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Attorney General e-mails stir lawsuit controversy

MADISON (WKOW) -- An e-mail exchange between the office of Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and a national Republican political organization raises questions about a health-care lawsuit proposed last month.

The e-mail, which was acquired under the state's Freedom of Information Act, shows a Van Hollen subordinate requesting legal information from the Republican State Leadership Committee, a group dedicated to electing Republican officer-holders across the country.

The e-mail exchange happened just days before Van Hollen announced he would attempt to sue the U.S. government over a health-care reform act. The lawsuit never happened, however, because neither Gov. Jim Doyle, nor the Assembly or Senate granted Van Hollen permission to sue.

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, the group that requested the communications, questioned why Van Hollen would seek information about a potential lawsuit from a political organization.

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