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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

Using Unions to Carry Big Oil's Water: How the Fossil Fuel Industry and ALEC Criminalized Climate Action in Wisconsin

Report on ALEC "Scholarships"

ExposedbyCMD Articles on ALEC

CMD Fact Sheets on Key Topics

CMD's SourceWatch Resources on ALEC

The Nation Special Edition on ALEC

Common Cause Trove of ALEC Task Force Docs

DBA Press ALEC Archive

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

Immigration

Corporate Prisons

ALEC's "Model Bills"

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Worker and Consumer Rights bills here.
Analysis here.

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Tort Reform and Injured Americans bills here.
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Privatizing Schools and Higher Education bills here.
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Health, Big Pharma, and Social Welfare bills here.
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Environment, Energy, and Agriculture bills here.
Analysis here.

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Democracy, Voting, and Federal Relations bills here.
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Tax & Budget bills here.
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Guns, Prisons, Crime and Immigration bills here.
Analysis here.

State Reports

ALEC News

ALEC “Academy” Featured a Who’s Who of Voter Suppression Leaders

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While the July 26-28 session was ostensibly led by the dark money group Honest Elections Project, it was organized, hosted, and bankrolled by ALEC, despite repeated claims by its CEO, Lisa Nelson, that the group does not work on voting issues.

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ALEC Leader Indicted for Campaign Finance Conspiracy

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Tennessee state Sen. Brian Kelsey, a state chair and national board member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, allegedly used illegal contributions to further his campaign for Congress in 2016.

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ALEC Voter Suppressors Square Off in GOP Primary for Arizona Secretary of State

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Both leading candidates in the Republican primary for secretary of state in Arizona support voter suppression legislation, and one is an insurrectionist backed by Trump.

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ALEC Leaders Boast About Anti-Abortion, Anti-Trans Bills

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At a Council for National Policy conference in May, top legislative members of the American Legislative Exchange Council took credit for advancing bills to severely restrict abortion access and target trans students in their states.

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Here’s Who Funds the Right-Wing American Legislative Exchange Council

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A CMD investigation reveals the identities of the donors behind a large portion of ALEC’s revenue as the group continues its attempts to hide its backers and its agenda from the public.

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More ALEC News

ALEC Claims Credit for Voter Suppression and Anti-Critical Race Theory Laws at Secret Meeting

ALEC boasted about its role in promoting and passing laws making it harder to vote, barring schools from teaching about America’s racist past, and protecting employers from COVID-related lawsuits at a May meeting of the right-wing Council for National Policy.

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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.

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Bradley Foundation Bankrolls Controversial ALEC Voter Software

The right-wing Bradley Foundation has earmarked at least $1.7M for ALEC’s distribution of sophisticated voter management software deeply tied to the Republican Party since 2017, the subject of an IRS whistleblower complaint and multiple state campaign finance complaints.

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ALEC’s Annual Meeting Queues Up Fights Over Federal Powers, Fossil Fuels, Big Tech, Labor Rights, and the GOP’s Culture Wars

The American Legislative Exchange Council is holding its first post-Trump in-person meeting this week in Salt Lake City, Utah at the five-star Grand America Hotel.

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At Least 100 ALEC Lawmakers Signed Letter Opposing Worker Protections in PRO Act

ALEC Action organized a letter signed by 100 lawmakers to members of Congress urging them to oppose the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act).

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ALEC Inspires Lawmakers to File Anti-Critical Race Theory Bills

Known for pushing bills that protect corporate interests, ALEC jumps back into culture wars to oppose teaching of systemic racism in schools.

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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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