The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) held its States and Nation Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona from December 4-6, 2019.
The organization closely guards details of its members and funders, allowing corporate lobbyists to mingle with state legislators away from the gaze of constituents and state reporters.
Documented was provided with a list of conference registrations for the Arizona meeting, which is published below.
Most of the registrations (708 of the 752) listed an entity in their registration. Where they did not, those are not included in the analysis below relating to state legislators.
Some key findings:
- State legislators in the minority. Of the 752 registrations, only 198 were listed as state legislators. Approximately three quarters of the registrations were from people other than state legislators, many of whom are corporate lobbyists.
- Most registered legislators were from just a handful of states. Of the 198 registered state legislators, 136 of these (68%) came from just ten states. Fourteen states had no registered legislators, 11 states had just one, and 8 states had only two legislators at the meeting.
- Arizona legislators out in force, facing legal challenge over open meetings law. There were 26 legislators in the list from the host state of Arizona. Lawyers representing a coalition of groups (Puente, Mijente, Arizona Palestine Solidarity Alliance, Black Lives Matter Phoenix Metro, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and the People’s Law Firm) filed a lawsuit on December 4, 2019, challenging Arizona legislators meeting in closed door sessions with lobbyists at ALEC under the state open meetings law.
Here is the full list provided to Documented, compiled here for easy searching.
Photo of the Arizona Capitol Museum building in Phoenix, Arizona, by Gage Skidmore. Used under creative commons license.