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