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Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU? Numerous resources to help us expose ALEC are provided below. We have also created links to detailed discussions of key issues, which are available on the left.


Who Is Behind ALEC?

What Is ALEC?

Who Funds ALEC?

ALEC Corporations

ALEC Politicians (all states)

ALEC Non-Profits and Think Tanks

ALEC State Chairs

ALEC "Scholars"

ALEC Boards & Task Forces

ALEC's Koch Connection

Common Cause Trove of ALEC Task Force Docs


Essential ALEC Resources

Report on ALEC "Scholarships" (UPDATED!)

CMD Fact Sheets on Key Topics

ALEC Press by Date and State

CMD's PRWatch Articles on ALEC

CMD's SourceWatch Resources on ALEC

The Nation Special Edition on ALEC

Common Cause Trove of ALEC Task Force Docs

DBA Press ALEC Archive

Voter's Legislative Transparency Project (VLTP)

ProPublica Database of ALEC Corporations' Election Spending

Abolish ALEC (Daily Kos blog)

Hot Topics

Lobbying and Ethics Complaints

ALEC & NCSL Comparison

Democracy & Voting

Privatizing Education

Repealing Labor Rights

Health & Tobacco

Limiting Environmental Protections

Changing Civil & Criminal Law

Immigration

Corporate Prisons

PRWatch Articles on ALEC

SourceWatch Resources on ALEC

ALEC's "Model Bills"

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Worker and Consumer Rights bills here.
Analysis here.

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Tort Reform and Injured Americans bills here.
Analysis here.

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Privatizing Schools and Higher Education bills here.
Analysis here.

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Health, Big Pharma, and Social Welfare bills here.
Analysis here.

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Environment, Energy, and Agriculture bills here.
Analysis here.

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Democracy, Voting, and Federal Relations bills here.
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Tax & Budget bills here.
Analysis here.

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Guns, Prisons, Crime and Immigration bills here.
Analysis here.

State Reports

ALEC News

ALEC in Colorado

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On the eve of ALEC's annual meeting in Denver, Colorado Common Cause and the Common Cause Education Fund released a new report uncovering the recent influence of the secretive special interest lobbying group in the Colorado legislature. ALEC is a national secretive lobbying group that is holding its annual meeting in Denver from July 19th-21st. ALEC is known for bringing state lawmakers and corporate lobbyists together in secret to draft and approve "model" bills on different issues, often benefiting its corporate donors' bottom line.

The report reveals the members of the Colorado legislature that have ties to ALEC and which recent Colorado state bills can be traced back to the organization. Additionally, the report highlights ALEC's corporate members and uncovers money given to the organization from both the Coors family and Koch brothers. The report also documents how ALEC abuses its public charity status with the IRS, effectively making its corporate donors eligible for a tax deduction for its funding of ALEC.

"ALEC's secretive corporate lobbying flies in the face of how democracy is supposed to work," said Elena Nunez, executive director of Colorado Common Cause. "Voters may not know who ALEC is, but they have been very influential in Colorado." Read the report here.


Trump Team, ALEC, Koch Industries Debate Gerrymandering the U.S. Senate in Denver

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Now that GOP state legislators have control over 32 state legislatures (both chambers), thanks in large part to partisan gerrymandering, some extremists are preparing to use their clout to gerrymander the U.S. Senate.

This week in Denver, July 19-21, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will welcome Republican state legislators and its corporate funders, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, K12 Inc., Peabody Energy, and PhRMA, to vote on corporate legislative priorities and create cookie cutter "model" bills in task force meetings that are still closed to the press. Read the rest of this item here.


Reagan vs. Cities: The Battle Over South African Apartheid and Lessons for the Trump Era

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With the Trump administration threatening to withhold federal funds from cities and states offering protections to undocumented immigrants, a new report details similar tactics used by the Reagan administration to pressure cities and states to abandon anti-apartheid sanctions and divestment legislation.

The report "Reagan vs. Cities: The 20th Century Battle Over South African Apartheid & Lessons For The Trump Era" provides historical examples of how cities and states can wield power in the face of threats of retaliation for local policies that defy a president's political agenda. Read the rest of this item here.

More ALEC News

Koch Convention to Rewrite Constitution Runs Into Roadblocks

This year's legislative season saw a strong push in the states from right-wing groups, bankrolled by the Koch brothers and other ultra-conservative billionaires, hoping to convene a national constitutional convention in order to inject rigid fiscal constraints into our country's founding document. Advocates of a federal "balanced budget amendment" (BBA) picked up two more states, Wyoming and Arizona, in their drive to win the 34 resolutions needed to bypass Congress and convene a convention to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution.

That momentum was blunted by successful campaigns to rescind convention calls in three states, New Mexico, Maryland, and Nevada. Two steps forward and three steps back. Read the rest of this item here.


Weaponized Philanthropy: Documents Detail Bradley Foundation's Right-Wing "Infrastructure"

Documents examined by CMD expose a national effort funded by the Milwaukee-based Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation to assess and expand right-wing "infrastructure" to influence policies and politicians in statehouses nationwide.

The documents were made public in October 2016 on two Twitter accounts that cyber security analysts have linked to one of the Russian hackers alleged to have breached the Democratic National Committee. The Bradley Foundation confirmed in a statement that the hack had taken place and was reported to the FBI.

The documents open a window to the behind-the-scenes workings of one of America's largest right-wing foundations. Read the rest of this item here.

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ALEC - The Backroom Where Laws Are Born

This is a glimpse into the world of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded charity that pays for lawmaker trips to resorts where they leave with ready-to-pass bills.

Neither ALEC nor the Georgia legislature would show us where the money comes from, or who it goes to.

A Charity for Lawmakers? ALEC Legislator Resigns to Become Lobbyist

Rep. Ben Harbin resigned after two decades as a Georgia legislator the same day as 11ALive reporters asked him for an interview about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting where he was found behind closed doors with the top state lobbyist for the cell phone industry.

Atlanta's 11Alive follows up on its behind-the-scenes investigation of ALEC.

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