22 lawmakers listed in conservative policy group

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Nearly a quarter of Oregon state lawmakers are members of nonprofit organization that works on state-level public policy issues but has been a target lately for stances on public employee unions, taxes and environmental regulation.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/Krtsq5) reports the American Legislative Exchange Council has been the target of Occupy protests, an Internal Revenue Service complaint and calls for attorney general investigations.

The Washington, D.C., group is often referred to by its acronym, ALEC.

The group has been around for nearly 40 years. It has become more prominent with the election in 2010 of more Republicans and conservative Democrats to legislative offices.

The group also backed the "Stand Your Ground" gun law that's at the center of the Florida case in which teenager Trayvon Martin was killed.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com