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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


Corporate Prisons

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


ALEC Eyes Sweeping Government Blacklists

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The American Legislative Exchange Council has quietly uploaded a sweeping model bill to its website that would require states to blacklist companies that consider anything other than maximizing profits when making business decisions.

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New Documents Show ALEC Targeting School Board and Other Local Races

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Recent documents acquired by the Center for Media and Democracy reveal a new initiative targeting local politicians–especially school board candidates–with right-wing messaging, policies, and financial resources.

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ALEC Held Third Voter Suppression Summit with Dark Money Group This Summer

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The American Legislative Exchange Council held its third known voter suppression summit for state lawmakers on July 25 and 26 preceding its annual meeting in Atlanta.

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More than 200 ALEC Politicians Participate in Far-Right Facebook Groups

At least 224 state lawmakers affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council are enrolled in one or more far-right Facebook group.

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ALEC Honors Election Denier Facing a DOJ Subpoena in Fake Electors Scheme – Its National Chair

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ALEC’s chair, Arizona Senate Majority Leader Karen Fann, is still calling for decertification of the 2020 presidential election and faces a subpoena from the DOJ in its Jan. 6 criminal probe.

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More ALEC News

Abandoning Free Market and Liberty Principles, ALEC Takes on “Woke Capitalism,” Bodily Autonomy, and More at Its Annual Meeting

The ALEC faithful descend on Atlanta this week to take on "woke capitalism," women's right to abortion, voting rights, China, Big Tech, the administrative state, and more.

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ALEC Opposes Roe, Teams up with Anti-Abortion Extremists

The American Legislative Exchange Council has taken a clear position in favor of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and has teamed up with the political arm of the extremist anti-abortion movement to coach its legislative members on how to campaign on the issue.

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ALEC Cozies Up with Designated Hate Group Promoting Anti-Abortion Policies

The American Legislative Exchange Council provided the Christian Right Family Research Council access to its legislative members for a “Pro-Life Legislative Summit” immediately following its December policy conference in San Diego.

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ALEC’s “Critical Energy Theory” Bills Moving in Four States

New ALEC and industry-backed bills that would blacklist banks that divest from fossil fuels have been introduced in Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and West Virginia so far this year.

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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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