Legislating Under the Influence: Money Power, and the American Legislative Exchange Council

Source: Common Cause Minnesota, August 2011

From the summary:
Some of the nation’s largest and richest companies, including Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, Koch Industries and AT&T, have joined forces to invest millions of dollars each year to promote the careers of thousands of state legislators and secure passage of legislation that puts corporate interests ahead of the interests of ordinary Americans.

The American Legislative Exchange Council, also known as ALEC, counts among its members some 2,000 state legislators and corporate executives. They sit side-by-side and collaborate to draft “model” bills that reach into areas of American life ranging from voting rights to environmental protection. They they work in concert to get those bills passed in statehouses across the country.
See also:
ALEC Exposed in Texas
Source: Phillip Martin, Kristen O’Brien and Samuel Carfagno, Progress Texas, January 2012

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