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North Carolina’s conservative shift is good for ALEC

The Raleigh News & Observer’s John Frank writes that one side effect of that state’s conservative shift is an increased American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) presence in the North Carolina legislature. ALEC is a conservative organization…  …

Wisconsin Democrat who infiltrated ALEC: ‘They don’t want people involved in the political process’

Inside the ‘ALEC Universe’ (via Moyers & Company) Representative Chris Taylor is a Democrat elected to the Wisconsin legislature in 2011. Last week, she attended the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) annual conference in Chicago. Writing about her experience at The Progressive magazine’……

Health care expert-turned-whistleblower Wendell Potter on ALEC’s attempts to thwart Obamacare

As part of our ongoing focus on the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, we checked in with health insurance executive turned industry whistleblower Wendell Potter to learn about ALEC’s efforts to influence the health care debate and undermine…  …

Why is ALEC protecting animal abuse?

Fighting ALEC’s ‘Ag-Gag’ (via Moyers & Company) Muckrakers and activists have been working to expose the brutality of industrialized meat production since Upton Sinclair’s writing of The Jungle in 1906. But an ALEC model bill known as “The Animal and Ecological Terrorism Act” would make it…  …

Bill Moyers to follow up his 2012 investigation of influential corporate lobbyist group ALEC

United States of ALEC, A 2013 Follow-Up (via Moyers & Company) This week, Moyers & Company reports on the most influential corporate-funded political force most of America has never heard of — ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council. A national consortium of state politicians and powerful corporations, ALEC presents itself…

‘Bill Mill’ group ALEC trying to skirt open records laws in Wisconsin

Last week, The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed suit against Wisconsin State Senator Leah Vukmir for failing to release documents as required under the state’s public records law. CMD alleges that Sen. Vukmir possesses materials pertaining to her involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the controversial organization of which…

ALEC eliminates task force on social issues

The conservative group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced Tuesday that they would get rid of its public task force focusing on non-economic issues. The decision comes after progressive groups such as Color of Change pressured corporations to withdraw their support from ALEC based on their influence in crafting “voter…

Georgia lawmaker quits ALEC, calls it ‘radical’ group with ‘dangerous agenda’

A state senator from Georgia, Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) has left the American Legislative Exchange Council, the controversial legislative organization better known as ALEC.  In a statement to the citizens’ action group Better Georgia, Orrock denounced the group, calling it “radical,” “dangerous” and accused it of “impeding democracy.” “As a member…

Food maker Mars Inc. ends membership with ALEC

Mars Inc., the maker of Skittles and other well-known candies, has dropped its membership with the influential American Legislative Exchange Council following pressure from liberal and progressive groups. “The Color Of Change community is thrilled to learn that Mars has ended its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council,” Executive…

ALEC blasts ‘intimidation campaign’ against its corporate members

The influential American Legislative Exchange Council on Wednesday blasted a public-shaming campaign started by liberal and progressive groups, which has led major members to cut ties with the organization. “ALEC is an organization that supports pro-growth, pro-jobs policies and the vigorous exchange of ideas between the public and private sector…

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