1. ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations. Together they develop model legislation that the lawmakers take back to their state legislators.
Today our guest Ed Pilkington (of The Guardian US) broke the story when a batch of ALEC’s internal documents were leaked. He explains ALEC’s agenda: 

[In] any area of really front line, controversial, ideologically conservative legislation that you see spreading in states across America, you’re likely to find ALEC somewhere behind it. I’m talking about the fight against Obamacare at state level, the attempt to keep back Medicaid, attempts to reduce the pension entitlements of public employees and to keep low the minimum wage. And in education, the spread of voucher systems which are used to forward home education and private education, and to some degree, undermine public schools.


Image of President Bush at an ALEC conference in 2007 via Washington Post View in High-Res

    ALEC (The American Legislative Exchange Council) is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations. Together they develop model legislation that the lawmakers take back to their state legislators.

    Today our guest Ed Pilkington (of The Guardian US) broke the story when a batch of ALEC’s internal documents were leaked. He explains ALEC’s agenda: 

    [In] any area of really front line, controversial, ideologically conservative legislation that you see spreading in states across America, you’re likely to find ALEC somewhere behind it. I’m talking about the fight against Obamacare at state level, the attempt to keep back Medicaid, attempts to reduce the pension entitlements of public employees and to keep low the minimum wage. And in education, the spread of voucher systems which are used to forward home education and private education, and to some degree, undermine public schools.

    Image of President Bush at an ALEC conference in 2007 via Washington Post

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  1. The American Legislative Exchange Council – or ALEC - has been described as a dating service that pairs conservative politicians with big corporations such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Walmart to set a “blueprint” for conservative legislation.  But since the killing of Trayvon Martin, ALEC has lost many corporate members because of its gun law policy. On the next Fresh Air we talk with journalist Ed Pilkington who writes about ALEC for The Guardian. View in High-Res

    The American Legislative Exchange Council – or ALEC - has been described as a dating service that pairs conservative politicians with big corporations such as General Electric, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Walmart to set a “blueprint” for conservative legislation.  But since the killing of Trayvon Martin, ALEC has lost many corporate members because of its gun law policy. On the next Fresh Air we talk with journalist Ed Pilkington who writes about ALEC for The Guardian.

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  1. On today’s Fresh Air: How ALEC Shapes State Politics Behind The Scenes

    John Nichols, a political reporter for The Nation, recently wrote the introduction to a series of articles about the relationship that state-based legislators have with a group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is a membership-only group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations to draft model bills that can then be introduced at the state level of government. An archive of ALEC documents was recently leaked to the Center for Media and Democracy.

    "All of those pieces of legislation and those resolutions [in the documents] really err toward a goal, and that goes is the advancement of an agenda that seems to be dictated at almost every turn by multinational corporations," Nichols tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. “It’s to clear the way for lower taxes, less regulation, a lot of protection against lawsuits [and] ALEC is very, very active in [the] opening up of areas via privatization for corporations to make more money, particularly in places you might not usually expect like public education.” [complete interview here]

    Also on the show: Louisiana State Rep. Noble Ellington, a Republican from the 20th district and the National Chairman of ALEC, responds to The Nation's report.

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  1. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations to draft model bills.

    An archive of ALEC documents was recently leaked to the Center for Media and Democracy. On the next Fresh Air, we’ll talk with journalist John Nichols of The Nation, about what these documents reveal.

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