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About ALEC

ALEC is corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. ALEC legislative leaders are tasked with a duty to get the bills introduced and passed; ALEC members introduce the bills in statehouses as their own brilliant ideas—without disclosing that corporations pre-voted on them with politicians behind closed doors at ALEC resort meetings. ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, and more than 20% become legally binding. ALEC describes itself as a “unique,” “unparalleled” and “unmatched” organization. It might be right. It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.


The ALEC Board of Scholars includes[1]:

  • Stephen Moore - Founder of the Club for Growth and member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board[8] who has been called "a voodoo economist";[9] and formerly: Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee under Chairman Dick Armey (TX) and Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation.[10]
  • Victor Schwartz - Partner at the Washington D.C. offices of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP -- a law and lobbying firm that has represented big tobacco companies such as Philip Morris (now Altria Group),[11] big pharmaceutical companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and GlaxoSmithKline,[12] and big technology companies such as Sprint Nextel,[13] Microsoft[14] and Sony.[15] He has been very active in the arena of tort reform and has been called "the undisputed king of tort reform."<refname="terrycarter">Terry Carter Piecemeal Tort Reform, ABA Journal, December 2001</ref> and considered one of Washington, D.C.'s 50 top lobbyists;[16] Formerly a lawyer and lobbyist at Crowell & Moring for 21 years;<refname="terrycarter"/> Director of the Federal Insurance Administration from 1978-1980, and a professor and dean at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.[17]

Scholars' Connections to Charles and David Koch

  • Bob Williams is a visiting fellow with George Mason University’s Mercatus Center State and Local Policy Project, a Charles Koch-funded project, to the tune of over $9 million since 2002.[30]

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References

  1. American Legislative Exchange Council, Board of Scholars, organizational website, accessed May 2011
  2. Gloucester Institute, "President and Founder," organization biography, accessed June 30, 2011
  3. "Kay Coles James." Forbes, accessed June 30, 2011
  4. Gloucester Institute, "President and Founder," organizational biography, accessed June 30, 2011
  5. Free Enterprise Fund FEF profile, organizational biography, accessed June 1, 2011
  6. David D. Kirkpatrick, Leadership Dispute Causes a Split in a Powerhouse of Fund-Raising for Conservative Causes, New York Times, July 8, 2005
  7. Health Edge Investment Partners, Dr. Arthur B. Laffer - Advisory Board Member, Advisory Board Member biography, accessed June 30, 2011
  8. David D. Kirkpatrick, "Leadership Dispute Causes a Split in a Powerhouse of Fund-Raising for Conservative Causes," New York Times, July 8, 2005
  9. Jonathan Chait, Less is Moore, The New Republic, June 30, 1997
  10. Cato Institute, Stephen Moore, organizational biography, accessed June 30, 2011
  11. Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP Philip Morris ETS Billing Categories, lawfirm report, December 1990
  12. Mark Hansen Shook Hardy Smokes ‘Em, ABA Journal, October 1, 2008
  13. Bloomberg News Vonage Infringed 6 Patents of Sprint, U.S. Jury Rules, New York Times, September 26, 2007
  14. Steve Vockrodt Microsoft uploads Shook Hardy & Bacon to its law firm short list, Kansas City Business Journal, July 9, 2009
  15. Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, Eric A. Buresh, Partner, law firm biography, accessed June 25, 2011
  16. Kim Eisler Hired Guns: The City's 50 Top Lobbyists, Washingtonian, June 1, 2007
  17. Center for Responsive Politics, Victor Schwartz work history, Open Secrets.org, accessed June 30, 2011
  18. Mackinac Center for Public Policy Dr. Richard Vedder, organizational biography, accessed June 6, 2011
  19. The Independent Institute Richard K. Vedder, organizational biography, accessed June 6, 2011
  20. American Enterprise Institute Richard Vedder, organizational biography, accessed June 6, 2011
  21. Mackinac Center for Public Policy Dr. Richard Vedder, organizational biography, accessed June 6, 2011
  22. National Taxpayers Union NTU's Board of Directors, organizational website, accessed June 6, 2011
  23. Mission Statement, "Freedom Foundation"
  24. Freedom Foundation, Bob Williams, organizational biography, accessed June 30, 2011
  25. Media Matters Action Network, Recipients: The Heritage Foundation, online database, accessed July 2, 2011
  26. Greenpeace, The Kochtopus Media Network, organizational report based on October, 2010 memo re: Koch Brother’s secretive biannual strategy meeting in Aspen, Colorado, obtained by ThinkProgress.org, accessed July 2, 2011
  27. Cato Institute, "Cato Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary, May 2002
  28. Jean Stefancic and Richard Delgado, No Mercy: How Conservative Think Tanks and Foundations Changed America's Social Agenda, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 1996, page 69.
  29. Media Matters Action Network, Recipients: The Heritage Foundation, online database, accessed July 2, 2011
  30. Media Matters Action Network, Funders: Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, online database, accessed July 2, 2011
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