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The American Legislative Exchange Council: A Primer On The Premier Right-Wing Corporate Lawmaking Shop
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been around for almost 40 years, but it remains a little-known entity. Its influence over American politics is enormous. ALEC recruits conservative members of state legislatures to pay a $50 annual membership fee, and then solicits millions of dollars from corporations to finance a series of conferences where state lawmakers sit down with big business to write model legislation that can be easily propagated across the country at the state level. The laws often work to the economic benefit of the corporate giants who bankroll ALEC.