The Guardian newspaper got hold of a nice trove of documents that apparently come straight out of the inner sanctum of the American Legislative Exchange Council, commonly known as ALEC, the conservative group that seeks to carry out its agenda by influencing state legislation.
The documents were prepared in advance of ALEC’s board meeting in August, the Guardian reported. They contain a few revelations:
The group is trying to reclaim its lucrative corporate support, even launching a “prodigal son” project to lure back such giants as Walmart, Amazon, Boeing, Home Depot and McDonald’s. Let’s hope the prodigals stay far afield.
Under its current 501(c)(3) structure, ALEC specializes in drawing up model bills for its members to push in their respective state legislatures. So now the same folks can write the model bills and lobby for them openly. Such a deal.
What? These are elected officials. They are to put the interests of their states and constituents first. Apparently at some level people realized that, because the draft job description was never adopted. But the very suggestion demonstrates ALEC’s eagerness to control these lawmakers.
ALEC is well-represented in the Republican caucuses of the Kansas and Missouri legislatures. Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, is the state chairman for ALEC.