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, …

ALEC invites Trump Cabinet Officials to Winter Meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has invited Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to its annual States and Nation Policy Summit that will take place next month in Scottsdale, Arizona from December 4 – 6, 2019, according to an event invitation obtained by Documented via a state open records …

Kate MacGregor

Political Appointees at the Department of Interior have given special treatment to ex-clients of their boss, David Bernhardt, the oil lobbyist turned Secretary of the Interior.  SUMMARY Top Interior political appointee Katherine Macgregor, soon to be confirmed as Deputy Secretary, helped a former client of Secretary David Bernhardt secure oil and gas drilling permits from …

Wisconsin Governor Appoints Climate Denier and ALEC Energy Chair to Task Force on Climate Change

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced the legislative appointment of Wisconsin State Rep. Mike Kuglistch to the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. The task force will be charged with developing a strategy to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change and will be comprised of more than 30 members, including other state lawmakers, …

Trump Officials and Lawmakers Participated in Coal Association Board Meeting

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), a trade association and lobbying group representing the coal industry, hosted top officials in the Trump Administration and politicians during its 2018 board meeting, according to an agenda obtained by Documented. The event featured Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Neil Chatterjee, then-EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator in …

ALEC Energy Task Force Members Uncovered

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its Energy, Environment and Agriculture (EEA) task force has been the source of a number of “model” bills and resolutions introduced in state legislatures across the country that benefit the fossil fuel industry and weaken environmental protections. A registration list obtained by Documented from a FOIA provides a …

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, …