Activist Groups Challenge ALEC's Power in Tallahassee12/10/12 Robert Lorei
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Two progressive groups have begun an effort to limit the influence of ALEC on next yearâ€™s session of the state legislature. ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council. Itâ€™s a conservative group which writes model legislation for use in state legislatures around the country. In a Dec. 2011 article critical of ALEC which appeared in The Nation magazine, reporter John Nichols described ALEC as a â€œcollaboration between multinational corporations and conservative state legislators.
According to Common Cause, ALEC receives 98% of its funding from corporations and foundations and 2% comes from membership dues paid by legislators and miscellaneous income. Common Cause has also accused ALEC of spending most of its budget to lobby on behalf of legislation and wants its non-profit status revoked.
ALEC has been behind numerous pieces of controversial legislation-including Floridaâ€™s infamous stand your ground law; prison privatization; reducing corporate taxes; and voter identification.
Weâ€™re joined now by Damien Filer who is with Progress Floridaâ€”which in the next few months-- will be trying to limit ALECâ€™s influence in Tallahassee. Both Progress Florida and Florida Watch Action are keeping Tbs on ALEC.