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We Need to Talk About the American Legislative Exchange Council

We Need to Talk About the American Legislative Exchange Council

by Emily Bell

6 months ago

The most powerful and influential people in America are not the president or his cabinet; more eye-opening is that it’s not Congress, political lobbyists or even the voters but an elite group of state legislators and corporate lobbyists called, The American Legislative Executive Council or ALEC.

ALEC meets behind closed doors across the country at luxurious hotels to discuss and vote on “model bills,” which are then introduced to the public as new public policy ideas.

Who foots the bills for these meetings? Corporate leaders pay for a seat at the ALEC table to further their own business interests and partner with these legislators - mostly conservatives - in heavily guarded, closed-door meetings all across the country. How convenient.

This elite group appears to be calling all the shots with NO accountability to the media or voters. This is just evil and rotten at its very core. For the People, By the People… well, that’s just not happening here folks. ALEC is also listed as a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization - how is this even legal? Legislators may not be allowed to accept gifts such as travel, but dues paid by the ALEC corporations cover the legislators’ amenities.

I’m mad as hell and not exactly sure what to do about these privately held meetings since some of our legislators - the very ones we voted for - are sleeping in ALEC’s bed. Learn more here. 

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