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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…  …

American Legislative Exchange Council plows forward with pro-gun agenda

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a secretive alliance of big businesses and largely Republican state legislators who co-operate to push a right-wing political agenda in the American hinterland, is continuing to wield outsized influence over gun laws across the US despite its promise in the wake of the Trayvon Martin…

Blue Cross becomes latest to abandon American Legislative Exchange Counsel

Progressive and liberal groups scored another victory on Tuesday when insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield confirmed that it was ending its relationship with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Counsel (ALEC). “This week I spoke with an executive at Blue Cross Blue Shield who told me that the company did…

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…

Liberal group identifies 30 ALEC ‘model bills’ in Missouri

More than two dozen pieces of legislation introduced to the Missouri General Assembly over the past decade were based on “model” legislation drafted by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, according to a report by Progress Missouri. “The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate bill mill that is…

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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