Bills Targeting Anti-Pipeline Activists in Seven States in 2020, so Far

State legislative sessions are underway across the country. Already, seven states will consider legislation that would criminalize climate activists protesting oil and gas pipelines. The bills closely follow model legislation promoted by the corporate-backed American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The Greenpeace PolluterWatch project, which closely tracks the measures and cites analysis by the International Center …

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 …

Ohio Senate Unanimously Passes ALEC Model Legislation Allowing Hate Speech on College Campuses

State senators in Ohio voted unanimously on Tuesday Jan. 28, 2020 to approve legislation entitled the Forming Open and Robust University Minds (FORUM) Act. The text of the bill contains significant overlap in the language that appears in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model legislation, which is also entitled the FORUM Act.  While ALEC …

Dozens of ALEC Members Revealed in Emails obtained by Documented using the Florida Sunshine Law

The names of dozens of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) members, including both Florida state legislators and lobbyists representing corporations and special interest groups, are listed in three different ALEC membership and registration lists obtained by Documented. ALEC does not publicly disclose any lists of its membership other than its board members. The three new …

Top Interior Official MacGregor Tied to Offshore Oil Industry

This week, Marco Rubio removed a hold on the Senate‚Äôs confirmation vote for the Deputy Secretary of the Interior. Rubio first enacted the hold weeks ago because Kate MacGregor, the nominee, favors opening the waters off of Florida for offshore drilling. An analysis by Documented featured in the Miami Herald shows Sen. Rubio has cause …

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 …

Bradley Foundations Pour Millions into Network of Climate Denial and Anti-Labor Organizations, Tax Filings Show

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and its donor-advised fund called the Bradley Impact Fund, together poured millions of dollars into a vast network of right-wing think tanks across the country, according to 2018 tax filings obtained and reviewed by Documented.  The Milwaukee-based conservative foundation has long been a major funder on the right and …

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 …