Q: What is ALEC?

A: ALEC is a action council of corporations that actually writes corporate-friendly legislation for government, hands it off to Republicans who present it as their own creation, which they in turn vote into law, not in the interests of their state or the nation, but in the interests of the corporations who wrote those laws.

ALEC is not average-American-friendly and has way way way more money that you do to influence the conditions of your life.


Here’s more from SourceWatch.org

ALEC is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much more powerful than that.

Through ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. They have their own corporate governing board which meets jointly with the legislative board. (ALEC says that corporations do not vote on the board.)

They fund almost all of ALEC’s operations.

Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.

ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. 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.

If you’d like to know the members of ALEC who are writing legislation for you and your representative, here’s a list:

The Many Heads of Hydra:

ALEC Corporate Board

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C

D

E

  • Eastman Chemical Co.[4]
  • Economy      Plumbing Inc.[4]
  • Eli Lilly and Company, “Trustee” level      sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
  • Emerson      Electric Co., ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force      member[29]
  • EnCana Corporation, “Director” level      sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
  • Energy Future Holdings[1]
  • Energy      Transfer (natural      gas transportation company), “Director” level sponsor of 2011      ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
  • Enron      Corporation[5][4]
  • Entergy,      “Vice Chairman” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
  • Environmental      Management Corporation[5] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3][4]
  • Excel      Telecommunications[4]
  • Executone[4]
  • Express      Scripts      (pharmaceutical retailer), sponsor of “Missouri Night” at      Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans during the 2011 ALEC Annual Meeting[10]
  • ExxonMobil Corporation, Private Enterprise Board member,[1] “Chairman” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3][4]
  • EZCorp (pawn      shops and payday loans), “Chairman” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($50,000 in 2010)[8]

F

G

H

  • Hancor,      Inc. (now part of Advanced Drainage Systems)[5][4]
  • Hanover      Insurance Co.[4]
  • Harris      Deville & Associates (public relations & lobbying),      “Trustee” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8] and Louisiana Host Committee member[3]
  • Harris      Trust and Savings Bank (Harris Bank)[5]
  • Henkel      (German consumer products firm)[4]
  • Hiram      Walker & Sons Inc. (now owned by Pernod Ricard)[4]
  • Hoechst-Roussell      Pharmaceutical Corporation[16]
  • Hoffman-La      Roche[16]
  • Hoffman-La      Roche,      Inc.[5]
  • Hollywood      Casino Corp.[4]
  • Homestake Mining Co. (now part of Barrick Gold Corp.)[4]
  • Household      International[5][4]
  • Houston      Industries[4]
  • HP,      “Trustee” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8]
  • Humana      Corporation[16]
  • Hunt      Guillot & Associates (engineering firm with offices in LA, TX & PA),      Exhibitor at ALEC’s 2011 Annual Conference[3]
  • Hutchinson      Technology[4]

I

  • IBM[4]
  • Illinois      Power Company[5]
  • Illinois      Tool Works[5]
  • Imperial Chemical Industries      Pharmaceuticals (acquired by AkzoNobel in January 2008)[32][16]
  • Independence      Mining Co. (now owned by General Metals Corp.)[4]
  • Industrial      Biotechnology Association[16]
  • Inland      Steel Industries[5]
  • International      Fidelity Insurance Co.[4]
  • International      Game Technology[33]
  • International Paper[5], “Director” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8][5][4]
  • Intuit,      Inc.[1], “Vice Chairman” level sponsor of 2011      ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8] and former corporate board member — told CMD April 5, 2012 that it had      declined to renew ALEC membership[34]
  • IPALCO      Enterprises (Indianapolis Power & Light)[4]
  • Irby      Construction Co.[4]

J

K

  • K12      Inc.,      Exhibitor at ALEC’s 2011 Annual Conference[3]
  • Kansas      City Power and Light Co. (now part of Great Plains Energy)[4]
  • Kansas      City Southern (an “international transportation holding      company” that owns, among other things, the Panama Canal Railway      Company), “Trustee” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]
  • Know Who      (political contact information company), Exhibitor at ALEC’s 2011 Annual      Conference[3]
  • Koch Industries and Koch Industries Public Sector, Private Enterprise Board member,[1]State corporate co-chair of Kansas[3] and “Vice Chairman” level sponsor of 2011      ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8][4]
  • Kraft      Food, Inc.[1], “Trustee” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($5,000 in 2010)[8][4]announced it would leave ALEC April 5, 2012[36]

L

  • Laidlaw      Environmental Services, Inc.[4]
  • Laidlaw      Transit Ltd.[4]
  • LaSalle      National Bank[5]
  • Leadership      Directories, Inc. (political contact information business), Exhibitor      at ALEC’s 2011 Annual Conference[3]
  • Leavitt      Partners (Utah      healthcare and food safety business advisory firm) – Director Cheryl S.      Smith spoke on “Health Insurance Exchanges: States in Charge!”      at ALEC’s 2011 Annual Meeting[37]
  • Lederle      Laboratories[16]
  • Lexington      National Insurance Co.[4]
  • Liberty      Mutual Insurance Co.[4]
  • LifeSaver      Interlock Holdings, Inc. (manufacturer of ignition interlocks to be      installed in the vehicles of DUI offenders), Exhibitor at ALEC’s 2011      Annual Conference[3]
  • Logix      Solutions, Inc.[5]
  • Long Term      Care, Inc.[16]
  • LouisDreyfus      Commodities, “Vice Chairman” level sponsor of 2011      ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
  • LTC Inc.      (structural and specialty steel detailers)[4]

M

N

O

  • Olin Corporation[4]
  • OptumInsight      (previously Ingenix, which was a wholly owned subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group and was sued for fraud      by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in 2008 and “agreed to put      $350 million into a class-action restitution fund to pay physicians and      policyholders for services provided by out-of-network providers.”[45] The Optum health service businesses have a new      name but are still subsidiaries of UnitedHealth Group.[46]), representatives Tom McGraw, Vice President of      Government Program Integrity, and Wayne Neff, Senior Vice President of      OptumHealthPublic Sector, spoke at a “Medicaid Crisis in the States:      Private Sector Solutions You Can Use” workshop at the 2011 ALEC      Annual Meeting[47]
  • Outback      Steak House[4]
  • Outdoor      Systems[4]
  • OXY      USA Inc. (Occidental Petroleum Corporation)[4]
  • OxyChem (Occidental Petroleum Corporation)[4]

P

Q

  • QEP      Resources (“natural gas and oil exploration and      production company”[50]), “Director” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
  • Quaker      Oats Co. (now part of PepsiCo)[4]

R

S

T

  • Takeda      Pharmaceutical (global pharmaceutical company based in Japan), State corporate co-chair of Alaska, South      Dakota and Washington,[3] recipient of ALEC’s 2011 State Chair of the Year Award,[24] “President” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($100,000 in 2010)[8] and member of Louisiana Host Committee[3]; Takeda Head of Governmental and External Affairs      David L. Dieter also spoke at a plenary session at the 2011 Annual      Conference[3]
  • Tampa Electric      Co. (the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy)[4]
  • Taser      International Inc. (stun gun maker), ALEC Public Safety and Elections      Task Force member[56]
  • TECO Energy[4]
  • Tenneco      Gas[4]
  • Texaco      Inc.[5][4]
  • Texas      Utilities Service Co[4](subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings)
  • Thomson Reuters      Accelus (created      by the Thomson Corporation’s purchase of Reuters      in 2008[57]), Exhibitor at ALEC’s 2011 Annual Conference[3]
  • Thunder      Basin Coal Co. (now part of Arch Coal)[4]
  • TicketMaster[4] (was a ticket sales and distribution company that      merged with Live Nation to become Live Nation Entertainment)
  • Time      Insurance Co. (an Assurant Health member company, formerly Fortis Health)[4]
  • Time Warner Cable, State corporate co-chair of Ohio,[3] “Director” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
  • TogetherRX      Access (an LLC      with 18 pharmaceutical member corporations[58]), “Vice Chairman” level sponsor of and      exhibitor at 2011 ALEC Annual Conference[7] ($25,000 in 2010)[8]
  • Gulf      States Toyota, “Director” level sponsor of 2011 ALEC      Annual Conference[7] ($10,000 in 2010)[8]
  • The      Traveler’s Companies[16]
  • Tropicana      (now owned by PepsiCo[4]
  • TRW Inc.      (now part of Northrop Grumman)[4]
  • TXANS[4] (works with Texan employers on injury prevention      and the provision of workplace injury benefits by non-subscribers to      workers’ compensation)

U

V

W

X

Y

Z

  • Zoom Cycle      Accessories[4]
  • Zurich      Insurance[5]

Trade Groups

See ALEC Trade Groups.

Law Firms

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