ALEC Exposed

For more than a year, Common Cause has been working to expose the American Legislative Exchange Council and its undue influence on national and state legislation. ALEC pairs corporate special interests with elected legislators, enormous amounts of money change hands, and corporate-friendly legislation is the result.

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Wendy’s: We’re Done With ALEC, Too
(Andy Kroll, Mother Jones, 4/11/12)

Wendy’s joins a handful of other major food and beverage companies—McDonald’s, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Kraft—in ditching ALEC. Intuit, which makes the Quicken personal finance software, has also ended its ALEC membership.

The departures come as a coalition of liberal groups presses high-profile ALEC to members to leave group over what the coalition calls the “discriminatory” voter identification legislation peddled by ALEC. The coalition, which includes Common Cause and, has also bashed ALEC for supporting Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law at the center of the Trayvon Martin shooting in central Florida.


Stand Your Ground laws coincide with jump in justifiable-homicide cases
(Marc Fisher and Dan Eggen, The Washington Post, 4/7/12)

This sharp turn in American law — expanding the right to defend one’s home from attack into a more general right to meet force with force in any public place — began in Florida in 2005 and has spread to more than 30 other states as a result of a campaign by the National Rifle Association and a corporate-backed group called theAmerican Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which promotes conservative bills.