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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pull support from ALEC

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Monday vowed to withdraw financial support for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an influential conservative nonprofit that drafts model bills for legislators. The foundation contributed more than $375,000 to ALEC in the past two years, according to Roll Call. “We have made a…

Coke and Pepsi abandon conservative group over voter ID, gun laws

Though the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was formed almost 40 years to organize conservative state legislators and allow them to share and replicate one another’s legislative ideas — and has been “soliciting more input from private sector members” about what is good for them for more than 20 years…

Conservative policy group discovered violating Minnesota lobbying law

The American Legislative Exchange Council, a state legislative group based in D.C., rebuked a recommendation that they should register as lobbyists in Minnesota, The Minnesota Independent reported. “We’re not lobbyists because we don’t lobby, none of our staff are registered lobbyists,” ALEC spokesman Raegan Weber told the Indpendent. “We take…

Reporters say they were attacked by security guards at right-wing conference

Two reporters for ThinkProgress allege that they were “attacked by security guards for no apparent reason” on Thursday at a conference of the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The guards told Scott Keyes and Lee Fang that they had to stop filming and leave the lobby area, but when…

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