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Blow the whistle on ALEC!

The IRS needs to investigate ALEC and hold its corporate members accountable for lobbying under the guise of charity.
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Letters & Testimony

Letter to Judiciary Committee to Uphold the Constitution

February 26, 2016

We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to reconsider your unprecedented and destructive refusal to give fair consideration to any Supreme Court nomination until after the next President is sworn into office on January 20, 2017, as announced in your February 23rd letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Clean Budget Coalition Opposes FY 2017 Appropriations Riders

February 8, 2016

ppose any FY 2017 appropriations bills which include inappropriate ideological policy riders. appropriations bills have been used before to undermine essential safeguards through “policy riders” – provisions that address extraneous policy issues, and are slipped into appropriations bills to win approval as part of must-pass funding legislation.

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Litigation

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Multimedia

ALEC rally

March 29, 2012

Common Cause's Doug Clopp speaks at a DC rally at headquarters of American Legislative Exchange Council

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Democracy Wire

Arizona Pushes Plan for Constitutional Chaos

March 28, 2017; Blog Post, Status Update

Thanks to the Arizona legislature, we’re getting perilously close to a constitutional disaster. Copper State lawmakers this week made Arizona the 29th state to call for a new constitutional convention to pass an amendment requiring the federal budget to be balanced.

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Press Releases

New Allegations of Tax Code Violations by Exxon and ALEC Filed with IRS

October 6, 2016

Today, the Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause provided new evidence to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is falsely claiming tax-exempt status as a charity and that the ExxonMobil Corporation has intentionally misused the organization for nearly two decades to advance its legislative agenda.

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Research & Reports

Dangerous Path Report

December 2, 2015

There is a threat to our democracy so severe it is shocking it has gone unnoticed this long, or been dismissed as impossible by the few who know about it and should be sounding the alarm. Given the current hyper-partisan environment of U.S. politics, the power of special and corporate interests in the post-Citizens United era the call for a convention poses a huge threat to the nation.

Exposed: ALEC’s Influence in Missouri and Kansas

April 30, 2014

Through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of "model" legislation that often directly benefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families.

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