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John Oliver Skewers ALEC

November 3, 2014

Last night, comedian John Oliver had some choice words for some state legislatures and the extreme bills coming out of them. The whole segment is worth a watch, especially Oliver's send-up of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the shadowy corporate lobby rewriting bills across our nation.

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Five Reasons Why eBay Should Leave ALEC

October 24, 2014

With major tech companies’ recent departure from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive corporate lobbying group, it’s a wonder why eBay remains a member. We’re asking them to leave – add your voice today!

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ALEC’s Corporate Sponsors Should Be Held Accountable For Forcing Taxpayers to Subsidize Their Lobbying

October 21, 2014

Over the past few weeks, a parade of prominent corporations have cut or announced plans to cut their ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The exodus started because of ALEC’s promotion of model legislation that denies climate change science. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt said on NPR that Google’s funding of ALEC was “part of a political game” that became a “mistake” for the company because “[t]hey’re just literally lying” about the “facts of climate change.”

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International Paper Leaves ALEC

September 26, 2014

As Google, Facebook, and Yahoo have all announced that they are cutting ties with ALEC this week, numerous other corporations have confirmed to Common Cause they either have left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), are reevaluating their membership, or have never been members. Here are the statements we have received:

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