The American Legislative Exchange Council
Some of the nation's largest and richest companies, including Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, 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.
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. A supplemental submission was filed in July 2013, as a follow-up to the original complaint.
Press release April 2012
Press release July 2013
Original submission filed April 2012
Supplemental submission filed July 2013
THE UNITED STATES OF ALEC
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ALEC Exodus Now at 40 - 9/14/12
Common Cause Hails Latest ALEC Departures- 7/10/12
ALEC Must Square its "No Lobbying" Claim with its President's Recent Remark - 6/12/12
Walmart Makes the Right Decision in Leaving ALEC - 5/31/12
Campaign Finance Board to Investigate ALEC - 5/29/12
List of ALEC Corporate Members Released - 5/4/12
Kaplan: ALEC Flunks Our Test - 4/27/12
Big Money, ALEC, and the Gun Agenda - Truthout.org, 12/16/12
Michigan Adopts the ALEC Model for Diminishing Democracy - The Nation, 12/12/12
Will Wisconsin Follow Minnesota's Lead and Ban ALEC Scholarships? - PR Watch, 12/7/12
ALEC and House Republicans Explore Partnership -- Washington Post, 9/12/12
Five Companies Quit Conservative Legislative Group - Seattle P-I, 7/10/12
ALEC Gets a Break from State Lobbying Laws -- Mother Jones, 5/8/12
How ALEC Became a Political Liability -- Washington Post, 4/24/12
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