December 11, 2013
The American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly referred to as ALEC, has been active behind the scenes in politics for decades. It is where corporations and state politicians come together to write laws that benefit special interests. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life. ALEC has been behind efforts to strip workers’ rights, voting rights, and civil rights.
ALEC has come under scrutiny surrounding its practices in recent years. Last week, The Guardian published several internal documents which showed ALEC has seen sharp declines in both membership and corporate funding.
One of the major controversies surrounding ALEC is their tax-exempt status. ALEC’s primary purpose is to influence legislation at the state level, yet for years it has claimed in tax returns that it does not spend a single penny on lobbying. There are now three pending citizens’ complaints against ALEC and its 501c3 tax-exempt designation. In its series, The Guardian reported that ALEC has created a separate non-profit group called the “Jeffersonian Project,” raising even more red flags.
Now is the time to get involved. Please sign the petition calling for an investigation of ALEC in light of the documents revealed by The Guardian.
An organization described by former ALEC member and current Congressman Mark Pocan as a dating service for legislators and special interests should not receive special tax treatment.
Sign the petition calling for an investigation of ALEC today.