Daily Archives: Dec. 7, 2013

Open thread (Dec. 7)


ALEC trying to expand support, influence

alec-logo-smThe Guardian newspaper got hold of internal documents showing that the American Legislative Exchange Council is trying to regain some of the support it lost after it was linked to state gun and voter-ID laws. ALEC is a corporate-backed group that is most known for drafting “model legislation” that lawmakers can introduce, often word for word, in state legislatures. “The network has lost almost 400 state legislators from its membership over the past two years, as well as more than 60 corporations that form the core of its funding,” the Guardian reported. “In the first six months of this year it suffered a hole in its budget of more than a third of its projected income.”