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, …

Why has the Non-Profit National Center for Housing Management Given $235k to The Trump-Supporting Youth Group, Turning Point USA?

The National Center for Housing Management (NCHM) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created in 1972 by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), tasked with developing standards and providing training to providers of affordable housing in the United States. In 2016, the year Trump was elected, it provided Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a group with …

Revealed: ALEC Annual Meeting Attendees. List includes Trump Administration and 2020 Campaign Officials

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) keeps any lists of its members and donors secret from the public. Very rarely have reporters seen the details of who state legislators are meeting with at ALEC meetings. Which is what makes this significant. A list of 1,413 attendees for the ALEC 2019 Annual Meeting, which took place …

Southwest Airlines, Chevron, 1-800 Contacts And Other Corporations Amongst Sponsors of ALEC Annual Meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is holding its Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas this week from August 14-16. A list of sponsors for the event was provided to Documented, and is listed below. It features some companies, including Southwest Airlines, and the giant insurance company Chubb, not previously known to have funded ALEC. With …

New ALEC Membership List Names More Legislators Tied to the Group

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A membership list detailing the names of more than 200 members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) reveals dozens of legislators not previously associated with the group. The list of members on the ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development (CIED) task force, was obtained by Documented through an Ohio public records request. The CIED …

David Bernhardt’s Ex-Lobbying Clients Met 70 times with Interior Department Appointees

  A new analysis from Documented has found that from 2/15/17 to 10/1/18, there were at least 70 meetings between top DOI political appointees and entities listed on Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s ethics recusal letter. The analysis demonstrates that despite legally binding ethics pledges, Bernhardt’s one time lobbying clients have few fetters on their …

David Bernhardt Met With API in a Second Undisclosed Meeting

Official documents released by the Department of the Interior reveal that acting Secretary David Bernhardt met with the American Petroleum Institute (API) in Denver, Colorado, on July 26, 2018. Bernhardt was the Deputy Secretary of the Interior at the time. According to travel forms that track travel expenses paid by non-Federal entities, API bought Bernhardt …

Wealthy Individuals and Families Financed State GOP Groups, New Filings Reveal

New IRS filings reveal that billionaires including Steven Cohen, Sheldon Adelson, Joseph Craft and the wealthy DeVos family backed state level Republican 527 groups with millions of dollars  in the month leading up to and the weeks following the 2018 election. As 527 political organizations, Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) …

ENERGY AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES AMONG SPONSORS OF ALEC POLICY MEETING

Despite numerous corporations distancing themselves from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) over its controversial agenda, dozens of corporations and groups are sponsoring ALEC’s “States and Nation Policy Summit” taking place this week in Washington, D.C.. The list of sponsors appeared in a series of slides during the live feed of the event’s opening lunch, …