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Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenue

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. DO YOU? Numerous resources to help us expose ALEC are provided below. We have also created links to detailed discussions of key issues, which are available on the left.

Who Is Behind ALEC?

What Is ALEC?

Who Funds ALEC?

ALEC Corporations

ALEC Politicians (all states)

ALEC Non-Profits and Think Tanks

ALEC State Chairs

ALEC "Scholars"

ALEC Boards & Task Forces

ALEC's Koch Connection

Common Cause Trove of ALEC Task Force Docs

Essential ALEC Resources

Report on ALEC "Scholarships" (UPDATED!)

CMD Fact Sheets on Key Topics

ALEC Press by Date and State

CMD's PRWatch Articles on ALEC

CMD's SourceWatch Resources on ALEC

The Nation Special Edition on ALEC

Common Cause Trove of ALEC Task Force Docs

DBA Press ALEC Archive

Voter's Legislative Transparency Project (VLTP)

ProPublica Database of ALEC Corporations' Election Spending

Abolish ALEC (Daily Kos blog)

Hot Topics

Lobbying and Ethics Complaints

ALEC & NCSL Comparison

Democracy & Voting

Privatizing Education

Repealing Labor Rights

Health & Tobacco

Limiting Environmental Protections

Changing Civil & Criminal Law


Corporate Prisons

PRWatch Articles on ALEC

SourceWatch Resources on ALEC

ALEC's "Model Bills"

Worker and Consumer Rights bills here.
Analysis here.

Tort Reform and Injured Americans bills here.
Analysis here.

Privatizing Schools and Higher Education bills here.
Analysis here.

Health, Big Pharma, and Social Welfare bills here.
Analysis here.

Environment, Energy, and Agriculture bills here.
Analysis here.

Democracy, Voting, and Federal Relations bills here.
Analysis here.

Tax & Budget bills here.
Analysis here.

Guns, Prisons, Crime and Immigration bills here.
Analysis here.

State Reports


Voter ID in Wisconsin, a Slow-Motion Train Wreck

MADISON — A federal judge held a hearing Wednesday to determine if procedures put in place by Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to implement the state’s new voter ID law were sufficient to protect the right to vote.

The advocacy organization One Wisconsin Now was asking the judge to suspend the state’s voter ID law for the November election or at a minimum force the state to fix demonstrated problems with the voter ID petition process (IDPP), which is designed to help people who don’t have their birth certificates or other forms of ID acceptable under the state’s strict version of the American Legislative Exchange Council's "model" law. Read the rest of this item here.

Exxon and ALEC Running Illegal Lobbying Scheme, Watchdog Groups Charge in IRS Complaint

Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause File Extensive New Evidence in Whistleblower Tax Fraud Case Against ALEC

ExxonMobil and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are running an illegal scheme to promote the oil giant’s climate denial policies and legislative agenda in violation of U.S. tax law governing charitable organizations, the Center for Media Democracy (CMD) and Common Cause charged Thursday.

In a new filing to the IRS – adding to an active investigation prompted by a 2012 complaint that ALEC is operating as a corporate lobbying group while registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity – the watchdog organizations detail for the first time how Exxon has used ALEC as a key asset in its explicit campaign to sow uncertainty about climate science, undermine international climate treaties and block legislation to reduce emissions. While ALEC purports to spend zero dollars on lobbying, Exxon has deliberately used ALEC for the past two decades to advance its legislative goals concerning cap-and-trade policies, fracking, the Keystone Pipeline and the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. Read the rest of this item here.

The Independent "Women's" Voice? Most Known Donors Are Men

The Independent Women's Voice touts its "independent" brand in reaching potential voters.

But is it even women's voices it is throwing? Let alone independent women?

The reported data from the Federal Election Commission data says no. New research shows that the overwhelming majority of its known donors are men.

Very rich men. Yes, men have provided most of the disclosed donations to fund election-related expenditures under the name of the "Independent Women's Voice." Read the rest of this item here.

More ALEC News

Independent Women's Forum and Independent Women's Voice Use "Independent" Brand to Push Right-Wing Agenda to Women Voters

The Independent Women's Forum and its 501(c)(4) affiliate, the Independent Women's Voice, market themselves to the media and voters as "non-partisan," "independent," and "neutral."

However, a new investigation of the groups by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) reveals them to be anything but that. Joan Walsh in The Nation broke this story along with other new details about these not-so independent women's groups.

The full CMD Reporters' Guide is available here. Read the rest of this item here.

Expedia Latest to Exit ALEC

The Guardian is reporting that the online travel company Expedia has dumped the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

The Center for Media and Democracy has been flagging Expedia's financial support for ALEC and asking activists if they are using Expedia-connected hotel and air travel booking services.

In an email to Common Cause, Expedia "confirmed it had severed ties" with the corporate bill mill. Read the rest of this item here.

AARP To Drop ALEC after Members' Outcry

AARP will drop its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has a long history of peddling bills that harm the interests of retirees and other Americans.

The statement comes just days after the Center for Media and Democracy reported that AARP had joined ALEC and was a sponsor of ALEC's 2016 Annual Conference. AARP joins more than 120 private sector members that have publicly cut ties with ALEC since CMD launched the ALEC Exposed investigation in 2011. Read the rest of this item here.

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ALEC - The Backroom Where Laws Are Born

This is a glimpse into the world of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded charity that pays for lawmaker trips to resorts where they leave with ready-to-pass bills.

Neither ALEC nor the Georgia legislature would show us where the money comes from, or who it goes to.

A Charity for Lawmakers? ALEC Legislator Resigns to Become Lobbyist

Rep. Ben Harbin resigned after two decades as a Georgia legislator the same day as 11ALive reporters asked him for an interview about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meeting where he was found behind closed doors with the top state lobbyist for the cell phone industry.

Atlanta's 11Alive follows up on its behind-the-scenes investigation of ALEC.

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