ALEC Joins “Save our Country” Coalition Pushing to Lift Pandemic-Related Restrictions

Update: FreedomWorks issued a press release on April 27, 2020 formalizing the coalition. The coalition’s website outlined members of its National Leadership Council, including ALEC CEO Lisa Nelson, Trump Advisor Stephen Moore, and the Council for National Policy Vice President Bill Walton. The website also lists dozens of “steering committee members,” including former head of …

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 …

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, …

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 …

ALEC Loses Members, Drops Spring Meeting

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will not hold its long-standing Spring Task Force Summit, according to an email obtained by Documented through a state public record request. The event was one of three annual ALEC events where lawmakers and corporate lobbyists gather at high-end hotels to vote as equals behind closed doors on “model” …

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, …