I seriously doubt that many of our readers have ever heard of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). With a name like this, most would probably assume ALEC to be an entity that works for either Congress or state legislative bodies in some manner. While ALEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – and thus tax exempt – it is far from not being highly profitable. Washington, D.C.-based ALEC was created in 1971 by a small group of right wing political activists and elected officials. It has an annual budget of about $7 million.
You might recognize the name Paul Weyrich, who also set up the Heritage Foundation, as one of the founders. Weyrich has been identified with right wing politics on a national scale. ALEC has numerous corporate donors, including ExxonMobil, the Koch brothers, Wal-Mart. GlaxoSmithKline, A T & T and many others. Most of what ALEC does helps the GOP with legislation of a political and highly partisan nature. Much of this work has been aimed at public employees and minorities, and from what I can tell, the work wasn’t designed to “help” any of those folks in any respect.
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