Money in Politics


Some of the nation's largest and richest companies, including Wal-Mart, Koch Industries and AT&T, have joined forces to invest millions of dollars each year to promote the careers of thousands of state legislators and secure passage of legislation that puts corporate interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, counts among its members some 2,000 state legislators and corporate executives. They sit side-by-side and collaborate to draft "model" bills that reach into areas of American life ranging from voting rights to environmental protection. They work in concert to get those bills passed in statehouses across the country.

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In April 2012, Common Cause launched a whistleblower complaint against ALEC, charging that it misuses charity laws, massively underreports lobbying, and obtains improper tax breaks for corporate funders at the taxpayers' expense. Over 4,000 pages of ALEC documents were submitted as evidence.
Press release
Letter to the IRS

ALEC documents


Legislating Under the Influence: Money Power, and the American Legislative Exchange Council - August 2011


ALEC’s Firm Hold on the Arizona Legislature - 11/29/11
ALEC bills expose corporate drive to advance business over public interest - 7/13/11
Common Cause seeks IRS audit of corporate/legislative group- 7/14/11 (letter to the IRS)

Common Cause examines money, power of corporate-legislative alliance - 8/3/11


Conservative Nonprofit Acts as a Stealth Business Lobbyist, New York Times, 4/21/12
Oops! Burgin leaves ALEC fingerprint on bill - Tampa Bay Online, 2/22/12
Busted! Rep. Leaves ALEC Wording In Corporate Tax Resolution - Young Turks, 2/5/12

In Case You Were Underestimating ALEC's Role - The American Prospect, 2/3/12

Florida Republican Forgets To Remove ALEC Mission Statement From Boilerplate Anti-Tax Bill - Think Progress, 2/2/12
Florida Legislator Accidentally Tried to Make Lobbyist Group's Mission Statement a Law- Miami New Times, 2/2/12
State legislative bills raise conservative group's profile
 - Los Angeles Times, 7/13/11

Common Cause accuses conservative group of lobbying, seeks IRS probe - Los Angeles Times, 7/14/11
With ALEC Exposed, Common Cause Demands an IRS Audit - The Nation, 7/15/11

Common Cause Alleges ALEC Violates Non-Profit Status - PR Watch, 7/15/11