The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a nonprofit organization of conservative state legislators and private sector representatives who draft and share model legislation for distribution among state governments in the United States. ALEC provides a forum for state legislators and private sector members to collaborate on model bills—draft legislation that members may customize and introduce for debate in their own state legislatures. ALEC has produced model bills on a broad range of issues, such as reducing regulation and individual and corporate taxation, combating illegal immigration, loosening environmental regulations, tightening voter identification rules, weakening labor unions, and opposing gun control. Some of these bills dominate legislative agendas in states such as Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Maine. Approximately 200 model bills become law each year. ALEC also serves as a networking tool among certain state legislators, allowing them to research conservative policies implemented in other states. Many ALEC legislators say the organization converts campaign rhetoric and nascent policy ideas into legislative language. ALEC's activities, while legal, received public scrutiny after news reports from outlets such as The New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek described ALEC as an organization that gave corporate interests outsized influence. Resulting public pressure led to a number of legislators and corporations withdrawing from the organization.
Arizona Legislators With ALEC Ties
- Sourcewatch - Last edited on 8 June 2021, at 14:00
ALEC Lied About Its Work On Election Suppression Bills
"ALEC claims that it "doesn't work on voting issues," but its CEO told a very different story to her right-wing audience at a Council for National Policy meeting in May."
Sep. 1, 2021
ALEC Exploits Pandemic To Push Right-Wing Policy Goals At Annual Meeting
Jul. 16, 2020
What Is ALEC?
"ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills."
Oct. 13, 2017
ALEC’s Influence Over Lawmaking In State Legislatures
Dec. 6, 2013
New Report Exposes Extreme ALEC Agenda In Arizona
Apr. 4, 2013
Exposing ALEC: How Conservative-Backed State Laws Are All Connected
"A shadowy organization uses corporate contributions to sell prepackaged conservative bills -- such as Florida's Stand Your Ground statute -- to legislatures across the country"
Apr. 14, 2012
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