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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.


Undermining Workers’ Rights and Worker Organizing

Voter Suppression, Gerrymandering, and Other Anti-Democratic Activism

Pushing for a Radical Rewrite of the U.S. Constitution

Crushing Local Democracy

Extending a Lifeline to Big Polluters

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

Using Unions to Carry Big Oil's Water: How the Fossil Fuel Industry and ALEC Criminalized Climate Action in Wisconsin

Report on ALEC "Scholarships"

ExposedbyCMD Articles on ALEC

CMD Fact Sheets on Key Topics

CMD's SourceWatch Resources on ALEC

The Nation Special Edition on ALEC

Common Cause Trove of ALEC Task Force Docs, 2010-2012

DBA Press ALEC Archive, 2014

ProPublica Database of ALEC Corporations' Election Spending, 2011

Abolish ALEC (Daily Kos blog), 2019

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


Corporate Prisons

ALEC's "Model Bills"

Worker and Consumer Rights bills here.
Analysis here.

Tort Reform and Injured Americans bills here.
Analysis here.

Privatizing Schools and Higher Education bills here.
Analysis here.

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

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

Democracy, Voting, and Federal Relations bills here.
Analysis here.

Tax & Budget bills here.
Analysis here.

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

State Reports


“Nonpartisan” ALEC Teams Up with Run GenZ to Recruit and Train Young Republican Candidates for State and Local Office

The right-wing and corporate bill mill’s advocacy arm, ALEC Action, has joined forces with Iowa-based Run GenZ to recruit and train young “conservatives” to run for state and local office.

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ALEC Policy Summit Features Push to Legally Force a Constitutional Convention

State lawmakers, corporate lobbyists, and right-wing operatives got together in Scottsdale, Arizona last week for the 2023 States and Nation Policy Summit hosted by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The summit — one of the largest annual gatherings of the ALEC faithful, along with the summer meeting — caps off ALEC’s 50th anniversary year.

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ALEC’s Stand Your Ground Laws Have Created a Deadly Culture of Shoot-First Vigilantism

In early October, a Florida state senator introduced legislation to repeal the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law allowing individuals to use deadly force in self-defense outside their homes. Florida was the first state to enact such a measure, and in the 18 years since its passage, studies have shown that more Floridians are dying because of it.

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Lawmakers à la Carte: How ALEC Sells Access to State Legislators

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It’s no secret that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) offers its corporate sponsors a variety of options for buying access to state lawmakers. Now, new documents reveal just how much — or little — it costs.

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More ALEC News

Progressive Groups Protest ALEC’s “50 Years of Harm”

A coalition of progressive groups gathered in front of the National Portrait Gallery yesterday to protest the 50th anniversary celebrations of the American Legislative Exchange Council and draw attention to its “#50YearsofHarm.”

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Parent Company of Taco Bell & KFC Pivots to Funding Right-Wing Causes

The fast food giant Yum! Brands has reversed its 2012 decision to stop funding the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and started paying annual dues to an association of right-wing attorneys general, according to its most recent voluntary financial disclosure.

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After 50 Years, This Right-Wing Law Factory Is Crazier Than Ever

The American Legislative Exchange Council is where corporations and far-right groups go to buy government policy.

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Software Giant Oracle Joins American Legislative Exchange Council

Oracle, the fifth largest tech company in the U.S., has voluntarily disclosed that it has joined the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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Nearly 700 ALEC Lawmakers Have Voted to Ban Abortion. Is One of Them Yours?

In the past year, at least 684 state lawmakers affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) have voted to make it illegal for pregnant people across the country to access the right to an abortion, according to a new analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

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Who is ALEC?

ALEC at the Secretive Council for National Policy, May 21, 2021

ALEC was given the platform to present two panels at the Christian Right Council for National Policy's May 2021 meeting where it laid out its top priorities. In the two videos obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy, ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson and national chairs speak candidly on ALEC priorities in "Can the States Save America?" and "Saving America Through the States."

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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