Internal Documents Show that ALEC Is Bleeding Members, Corporate Sponsors Money

December 3, 2013

An article from the Guardian today revealed internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that show the conservative, pro-corporate organization is facing significant trouble, having seen sharp declines in membership, corporate sponsorship and income in recent months. The documents also show the organization, already known for supporting extreme policies that go against the wishes of the American public and attack the rights of working families, recently considered a number of even more extreme policies and is seeking to provide legal cover for its activities. Groups with the charitable legal status of 501(c)(3), which ALEC currently has, are forbidden from lobbying. ALEC claims it isn't engaged in lobbying, but documents show it has sought to create a 501(c)(4) spin-off organization that would not just allow it to engage more overtly in lobbying but, according to the documents, would provide cover for the activities it already engages in. Which it says totally aren't lobbying. Really.

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