Our Step-By-Step Guide to Understanding ALEC’s Influence on Your State Laws

Source: Lois Beckett, ProPublica, August 1, 2011

For decades, a discreet nonprofit has brought together state legislators and corporate representatives to produce business-friendly “model” legislation. These “model” bills form the basis of hundreds of pieces of legislation each year, and they often end up as laws. As media scrutiny of the nonprofit–the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC–has grown, we’ve built both a guide and a searchable database so you can see for yourself how ALEC’s model bills make their way to statehouses.

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