Eye on ALEC

George W. Bush's Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Leavitt addresses members of the American Legislative Exchange Council Thursday, July 29, 2004. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
May 15, 2014 | Eye on ALEC

ALEC’s guiding principle–supporting big business–turns the small-c conservative ideal of individual liberty and local control on its head. Continue reading

Climate Lobbying
May 5, 2014 | Blog

The influential right-wing lobbying group is seeking out friendly state attorneys and encouraging them to sue the EPA. Continue reading

(Photo: Jonathan McIntosh)
April 18, 2014 | Blog

Polls show that living wage hikes and paid sick leave bills are popular. So corporate lobbyists have found a workaround. Continue reading

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March 7, 2014 | Blog

ALEC is preparing to launch a new nationwide network that will seek to replicate its influence within state legislatures in city councils and municipalities. Continue reading

Friends of Jordan Davis comfort each other outside the funeral home where the visitation with Davis' family was taking place at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home in Mandarin area of Jacksonville, Fla., late Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self)
February 4, 2014 | Blog

These laws “create a climate of fear that can prey upon and inflame racial tensions.” Continue reading

In this photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, House Speaker Thom Tillis greets Representative-elects during an orientation session for new House members at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
January 3, 2014 | Blog

About one-third of North Carolina lawmakers are members of the business-backed, limited-government group Alec. Continue reading

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December 6, 2013 | Blog

Every news cycle seems to bring another revelation of the corrupting influence of dark money on American politics. Continue reading

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December 4, 2013 | Blog

The policies advocated by some of the Google’s grantees are in stark contrast with the progressive image that Google has worked to promote. Continue reading

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Updated November 20, 2013 | Blog

A new report sheds light on a network of dozens of pro-business “think tanks” operating in the states. Continue reading

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November 7, 2013 | Blog

Big business has been helping to fuel a tide of legislation to block voters from enacting paid sick day legislation. Continue reading

FILE - In this March 3, 2011 file photo, boneless pork loins sit waiting to be packaged at a local Dahl's grocery store in Des Moines, Iowa.  The U.S. Department of Agricultureís Food Safety and Inspection Service will announce Tuesday, May 23, 2011, that it has lowered its temperature recommendation for cooking pork to 145 degrees. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
October 4, 2013 | Blog

ALEC is pushing the USDA to relax regulations on food safety that keep us from getting sick. Continue reading

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September 19, 2013 | Blog

When legislators don’t abide by the open-records laws they enact, then “the public’s right to know” is a slogan — not a reality. Continue reading

Windmills lining the Altamont Pass generate electricity on Sunday, May 12, 2013, near Livermore, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
August 20, 2013 | Blog

For the past year, ALEC and its members have been rolling out legislation that attempts to repeal renewable energy laws. Their effort, for the most part, has failed.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the American Legislative Exchange Council's 40th annual meeting, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Chicago. Bush defended new achievement standards for students around the nation while calling for an expansion of school-choice initiatives in states. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
August 15, 2013 | Blog

Wisconsin Representative Chris Taylor, a Democrat, attended ALEC’s conference to learn about the organization responsible for so many of her state laws. Continue reading

Wendell-Potter
August 13, 2013 | Blog

Health insurance industry whistleblower Wendell Potter exposes efforts by the American Legislative Exchange Council to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading

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