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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


Verizon Dumps ALEC, Denounces Speaker as Racist

Verizon has decided to quit the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) following a public outcry over the corporate lobby group’s hosting of David Horowitz as a prominent speaker at its annual meeting in New Orleans in August.

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Broad Coalition Calls on Corporations to Drop Funding for ALEC Over Horowitz Speeches

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has joined a coalition of 78 government reform, civil rights, labor, environmental, and advocacy organizations urging 20 of the largest corporate funders of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to cut ties with the corporate bill mill.

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“Nonpartisan” ALEC Will Celebrate 45th Gala with GOP Stars and Lobbyists at Trump Hotel

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Invitations have gone out for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s 45th Gala on September 26, 2018 at the Trump International Hotel, just blocks from the White House in Washington, D.C., and the event chairs and committee members are a who’s who of prominent Republicans, big polluters, lobbyists, and union busters.

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Wisconsin GOP Just Nominated ALEC’s “Iron Lady” to Take on Tammy Baldwin

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Koch loyalist and Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir won the Wisconsin GOP primary for U.S. Senate by a whopping 50-42 percent, beating veteran, “Send in a Marine,” Kevin Nicholson who vastly outspent her. Vukmir will be taking on the Kochs’ top target, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, in the fall.

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More ALEC News

Is ALEC Too Extreme for Exxon?

ExxonMobil will not renew its membership in ALEC after a split within the corporate lobbying group over how to address climate change, Bloomberg reported.

Exxon's exit follows a disagreement over a resolution introduced in December by the Heartland Institute.

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ALEC's Deadly Asbestos Agenda Benefits Koch Industries, Nationwide

ALEC named Missouri Republican state Rep. Bruce DeGroot as a "Legislator of the Week" in June.

Why is ALEC so fond of DeGroot? Because he has cheerfully championed ALEC legislation to restrict the right of terminally ill, asbestos victims to sue over mesothelioma. In doing so, DeGroot is helping the many U.S. companies that have asbestos-related liability.

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EPIC Fail: Supreme Court Turns Back the Clock to Strip Workers of Power

When unemployment drops and labor markets tighten, wages are expected to rise, but few workers are seeing more money in their paychecks since unemployment dipped below 4 percent.

Economists agree that a key variable in the wage stagnation is the inability of the vast majority of American workers to join together to demand higher wages.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Epic Systems Corporation v. Lewis that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together to battle their employers in court.

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Teamsters Vote to Authorize a Strike at UPS

On June 5, over 90 percent of the 250,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters working for United Parcel Service and UPS Freight voted to authorize a strike if needed in current contract negotiations.

The vote sets up a major test case for President Trump's claims that savings from the massive corporate tax cut pushed through by Republicans in Congress last fall will result in higher wages for American workers.

UPS is a member of the American Exchange Legislative Council. ALEC strongly supported the Republican tax cuts.

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Novartis and Cohen: Two of a Kind

"Yesterday was not a good day for Novartis." That's what the chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant told his staff in the wake of embarrassing reports that it was among a handful of large corporations that made questionable payments to President Trump's personal fixer Michael Cohen. Novartis ultimately admitted it was a "mistake."

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Take the Money and Run: Trump Tax Cuts Boost Earnings of ALEC Corps Which Promptly Layoff Workers

Nine major publicly traded corporations that are funders of ALEC just reported earnings from the first quarter of 2018. Trump's recent massive corporate tax cuts were sold as a job creation mechanism, but rather than creating jobs, all nine companies reported layoffs that have recently taken place or are planned for 2018.

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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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