Buying Influence: How the American Legislative Exchange Council Uses Corporate Funded “Scholarships” to Send Lawmakers on Trips with Corporate Lobbyists

State-by-State: Who gets them and who pays?

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has raised and spent an estimated $4 million in funds from its corporate backers since 2006 to pay for state lawmakers’ trips to meet with corporate CEOs and lobbyists at ALEC-sponsored events at posh retreats, according to internal ALEC documents and other investigative work.