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We are pleased that 80 corporations, 19 non-profits, and 78 state legislators that have cut ties with ALEC.
We applaud CMD, along with Color of Change, Common Cause, People for the American Way, Progress Now and many others for keeping the pressure on and keeping this in the public eye.
ALEC and Criminal Justice Reform
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What is ALEC?
Q: What is the American Legislative Exchange Council?
A: The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It provides a constructive forum for state legislators and private sector leaders to discuss and exchange practical, state-level public policy issues. The potential solutions discussed at ALEC focus on free markets, limited government and constitutional division of powers between the federal and state governments. The organization respects diversity of thought; it is a non-partisan resource for its members, which include more than 2,000 Republican and Democratic state legislators.
Voter Suppression, the Republican Party, and ALEC: Connecting the Dots
In a prior article I shared that at least 180 restrictive bills were introduced since the beginning of 2011 in 41 states. Texas, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, and Florida have received a lot of press coverage lately. What do all of these states have in common? Republican Governors. Currently there are 29 Republican, 20 Democrat, 1 Independent Governors in the US.
To understand the effect this has on the promotion and introduction of voter ID and other voter suppression legislation, we need to explore how ALEC functions.
Over 30 years ago a nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty was formed known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Their belief is that the states should share co-equal status with the federal government.