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 …

ALEC to host two redistricting workshops for state legislators during December conference in Arizona

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the corporate-backed legislative group, is to host two redistricting-focussed sessions with state legislators during its States and Nation Policy Summit, which takes place in Scottsdale, Arizona from December 4-6, 2019. ALEC previously held two other sessions on redistricting during its August 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. A recording …

ALEC to Host December Meeting with state Legislators and think tanks to discuss anti-union strategy

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has spent decades working to undermine organized labor and worker protections, is to host a 5-hour meeting on December 3, 2019 with invited legislators and state think tanks to discuss the next steps of its anti-union project. The event is scheduled for December 3rd, a day …

Corporate backed think tank network received large cash injection in 2018 as it ramped up lobbying of Trump Administration

The State Policy Network (SPN), a Virginia-based think tank network with deep ties to major corporate donors, saw a massive 26% jump in revenue in 2018, coinciding with the group playing an increasing role lobbying Congress and the Trump administration.  In recent years, donors to SPN have included entities in the Koch network, Peabody Energy, …

Corporate-backed Group launches multi-million dollar 2020 Republican Gerrymandering Project

The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), backed with millions of dollars in corporate funding, is launching a new redistricting project to help Republicans draw district maps that will advantage the GOP over the next decade. The Right Lines 2020 project, launched this week, will focus attention on the RSLC target states, which are Florida, Georgia, …