The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich , ALEC is a critical arm of the right-wing network of policy shops that are backed with millions upon millions of dollars of corporate cash.
ALEC’s model legislation includes: downsizing government, removing regulations on corporations and making it harder to hold the economically and politically powerful to account. Corporate donors retain veto power over the language, which is developed by the secretive task forces. The task forces cover issues from education to health policy.
Aliya Rahman, an Ohio-based activist who helped organize protests at ALEC’s Spring Task Force meeting in Cincinnati, The Nation has obtained more than 800 documents representing decades of model legislation. ALEC’s priorities for the 2011 session included bills to privatize education, break unions, deregulate major industries, pass voter ID laws and more. In states across the country they succeeded, with stacks of new laws signed by GOP governors like Ohio’s John Kasich and Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, both ALEC alums
“Dozens of corporations are investing millions of dollars a year to write business-friendly legislation that is being made into law in statehouses coast to coast, with no regard for the public interest,” says Bob Edgar of Common Cause. “This is proof positive of the depth and scope of the corporate reach into our democratic processes.” The full archive of ALEC documents is available at a new website, alecexposed.org, thanks to the Center for Media and Democracy. They provide an inside view of the priorities of ALEC’s corporate board and billionaire benefactors (including Tea Party funders Charles and David Koch).
The full archive of ALEC documents is available at a new website, www.alecexposed.org thanks to the Center for Media and Democracy
The Center for Media and Democracy and The Nation, and Common Dreams will be re-posting many of the articles and examining the leaked ALEC files. To see what’s already available please go here and here.