Weapons, Tobacco Makers, Koch Group Are Among Newest ALEC members

A weapons manufacturer (Raytheon), a tobacco and e-cigarette maker (ITG Brands), a soft drinks bottling company (CocaCola Consolidated), and the new arm of the Koch political network (Stand Together), are among a set of newly revealed members of the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The names are included in a list distributed to attendees …

Republican Attorneys General are helping Trump legal efforts to undermine election. Here are the corporations that fund their election campaigns

A group of ten state republican attorneys general filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, seeking to force the rejection of some mailed ballots in the state of Pennsylvania. The filing was announced by Louisiana’s Attorney General, Jeff Landry, at an event organized by the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA). The move …

Documented publishes 59 internal videos from the highly secretive Council for national policy

For almost four decades, the Council for National Policy (CNP) has convened secret organizing meetings for leaders and donors on the right in U.S. politics. The members and meeting attendees include the leaders of groups like the Heritage Foundation, the Federalist Society, Alliance Defending Freedom, the Family Research Council, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), …

Records Show corporate-backed think tank network lobbying against Medicare For All

The State Policy Network (SPN), the coordinating group for a network of corporate-friendly state-level think tanks, lobbied the federal government against Medicare for All, according to recently filed lobbying disclosure records reviewed by Documented. In addition to its lobbying efforts against Medicare for All, SPN has worked in recent years to encourage public sector workers …

In 2018, Americans For Prosperity – the Koch network “grassroots” arm – Raised 85 percent of its $95m revenue from just two donors

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the “grassroots” arm of the Koch network, relied on just two major sources of income in 2018, which together provided 85% of its revenue, according to a review of the group’s annual audit reports by Documented. The group boasts on its website that it has “over 100,000 donors from all over …

Revealed: ALEC Meeting Registration list, State Legislators in the minority, many states unrepresented

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 …

Secretary DeVos speaking at ALEC, sponsored by a private education company, to thank them for helping to privatize education

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the billionaire who over the years has given millions to groups to promote the privatizing of public education, is speaking at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) States and Nation Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona today. According to Politico, DeVos “plans to thank the group for supporting her …

Revealed: ALEC conference sponsors, numerous ties to Koch Network

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding its States and Nation Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona this week. At the event, corporate lobbyists mingle with state legislators, with significant parts of the meeting closed to the public and press. A list of the meeting sponsors, provided to Documented and listed below, reveals numerous groups …

ALEC National Chair announces partnership with LGBTQ hate group Alliance Defending Freedom

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The national board chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), South Carolina state Representative Alan Clemmons, announced via tweet a new “partnership” between ALEC and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Both groups are controversial. Many corporations that had funded ALEC, including Facebook, Google, Exxon, and CocaCola, have ended their support following consumer activism. More than …