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Money & Influence 08.6.2018

Before Annual ALEC Conference, New Report Exposes Secretive Group’s Political Influence in Louisiana

Just days before the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting in New Orleans, Common Cause released a new report uncovering the recent influence of the secretive special interest lobbying group in the Louisiana legislature.

Money & Influence 07.12.2018

ExxonMobil Quits ALEC Over Climate Change Disagreement

ExxonMobil became the latest company to announce it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive corporate lobbying group. According to a report by Bloomberg News, the oil giant is leaving the organization due to disagreements over climate change policy.

Tax Bill Amendment Offers Another Giveaway to the Rich

The American people do not expect that their charitable contributions will be used for partisan political ends. The tax bill amendment offered by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) and passed on a party-line vote expands the bill’s previous rollback of the Johnson Amendment – buried more than 400 pages into the legislation – to now allow all charities to enter partisan politics, including well-funded front groups like the American Legislative Exchange Commission (ALEC). This takes the bill beyond just a massive giveaway to the nation’s billionaire class to now allow wealthy special interests to manipulate the charitable sector for partisan political ends, all with a subsidy from American taxpayers.


Legislators Must Disclose ALEC Meeting Attendees

Today, Common Cause Florida sent a letter to Rep. Neil Combee and Rep. Mike La Rosa, urging them to disclose which legislators will be attending the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and who is paying their way.


More than 200 organizations oppose calls for new constitutional convention, warn of dangers

Today 230 national, state, and local groups are releasing a letter in opposition to calls to convene a new constitutional convention.


New Mexico Legislature Rescinds Call for Dangerous Constitutional Convention in the Face of Nationwide Special Interests Push

Today the New Mexico Legislature rescinded its call for an Article V constitutional convention that was originally passed in the 1979. The state lawmakers recognized the threat of a “runaway convention” which could result in major changes to the U.S. Constitution and its protections in a process bankrolled by special interests.