Today the New Mexico Legislature rescinded its calls for an Article V constitutional convention that were originally passed in 1951, 1965, and 1976. The state lawmakers recognized the threat of a “runaway convention” which could...
Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), some of the nation's largest and richest companies invest millions of dollars each year to pass state laws putting corporate interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans.
What Is ALEC?
ALEC is a corporate lobbying group that brings together corporate lobbyists and politicians to vote on “model bills” behind closed doors as equals, without any public input, that often benefit the corporations’ bottom line. These model bills are then introduced in state legislatures across the country. ALEC and ALEC corporations often pay for legislators’ travel expenses to go to ALEC conferences, but when ALEC or the corporations are not paying for these so-called “scholarships,” the expense is often passed on to the taxpayers. ALEC currently lobbies on a number of different issues, including tax and budget, climate change and the environment, workers’ rights and collective bargaining, healthcare, telecommunications policy, and education.