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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


Corporate Prisons

PRWatch Articles on ALEC

SourceWatch Resources on ALEC

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


ALEC Gives Lawmakers Free Data Program Run by Republican Operatives

The tax-exempt corporate bill mill’s gift of sophisticated voter software to its almost exclusively Republican legislative members may run afoul of federal and state laws.

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ALEC’s Numerous Ties to the Capitol Insurrection and “Big Lie”

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ALEC’s leaders, legislative members, and alumni played a major role in promoting Trump’s stolen-election disinformation campaign, attempting to overturn the election, and inciting the resulting violent invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Will its corporate backers hold it accountable?

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ALEC Honoree Backed Effort to Overturn Presidential Election, Compared Penn. Gov. to Nazis

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ALEC’s 2020 Legislator of the Year, Pennsylvania Sen. Chris Dush, signed a Jan. 5 letter asking Vice President Pence to stop certification of the presidential election results, just one day before the violent Capitol insurrection, and compared Gov. Wolf’s administration to the Nazi Party.

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ALEC Lawmakers Traveled to D.C. For Rally and March That Led to Fatal Insurrection

Two current and two recent members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, including one state chair, spent weeks lying about voter fraud and then participated in the events directly preceding the bloody coup attempt.

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More ALEC News

ALEC Working in Partnership with Turning Point USA, Major Player in Capitol Insurrection

Documents obtained by CMD show that ALEC forged a new partnership in December with radical pro-Trump group Talking Points USA, a coalition partner in the #StoptheSteal rally that led to the violent invasion at the U.S. Capitol.

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ALEC’s Pennsylvania Leaders Lobby to Overturn 2020 Election Results in Last-Minute Effort

The Pennsylvania state chairs of the American Legislative Exchange Council are leading a GOP effort to overturn the state’s presidential election results when Congress convenes in January to certify the Electoral College’s election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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ALEC Holds Virtual States and National Policy Summit

After canceling its plans for an in-person meeting, ALEC opened its annual policy summit online yesterday to consider a wide variety of measures to limit governors’ power to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, stop a bailout for hard-hit states, and lock in a nine-member Supreme Court, provide trainings to help its overwhelmingly Republican members run better campaigns.

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ALEC Board Member Reveals Kansas Partisan Gerrymandering Plan to Donors

ALEC board member, Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle, pitches political donors on the need for a GOP supermajority to stack congressional districts for the next decade, while ALEC trains members on the art of gerrymandering.

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ALEC Circulates Sign-On Letter Urging “Swift Confirmation” of Trump’s SCOTUS Pick

The American Legislatives Exchange Council is gathering signatures from its legislative members urging U.S. Senators to confirm Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States Amy Coney Barret “as soon as possible.”

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ALEC and GOP Push Corporate Immunity From COVID-19 Workplace Illnesses and Deaths

ALEC joins with other business lobbyists and Senate Republicans to back sweeping immunity for corporations that negligently spread coronavirus to their workers or customers.

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ALEC 2020 Annual Meeting Attendees and Sponsors Revealed

The American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting continues this week online with workshops on rewriting the U.S. Constitution, reopening schools amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and school privatization.

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Join the Conversation!

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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