Protesters gather at American Legislative Exchange Council conference Downtown

More than 150 people held a lunchtime protest Friday across from — and briefly inside — the Omni William Penn Hotel, which hosted a gathering of the controversial American Legislative Exchange Council. “This is our town, this is our state … this is our democracy,” Sam Williamson, a regional leader of SEIU Local 32BJ, told […]

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States Are Barring Cities From Raising The Minimum Wage

In 19 states, local governments are now forbidden from raising wages for their lowest-paid workers. But a ballot win in America’s most populous state would do more than just raise pay. It would demonstrate one way to overcome a highly successful tactic used by industry groups and conservative lawmakers to roll back local wage increases: […]

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Cashing in on Kids: 172 ALEC Education Bills Push Privatization in 2015

ALEC Continued to Cash in on Kids in 2015 and Beyond Despite widespread public opposition to the corporate-driven education privatization agenda, at least 172 measures reflecting American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bills were introduced in 42 states in 2015, according to an analysis by the Center for Media and Democracy, publishers of ALECexposed.org and […]

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Ford Becomes Latest Major Corporation to Dump ALEC

Ford Motor Company confirmed to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that has drawn heavy criticism for promoting climate change denial and for opposing the development of renewable energy sources. “As part of our annual budget review, we have adjusted […]

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Controversial WV Legislation Tied to Shadowy Billionaires’ Network

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – The right-to-work bill and prevailing-wage repeal just passed by the Legislature have ties to Kansas oil billionaires Charles and David Koch and their shadowy network, watchdogs say. According to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), the bills were based on model legislation from the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). […]

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Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy

Across America, corporate interests are taking aim at local government. With Congress gridlocked and a majority of state legislatures controlled by right-wing interests, cities have become laboratories of democracy for progressive policies like a higher minimum wage, LGBTQ protections, or parental leave. In response, corporate interests and groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) […]

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Rewrite The Constitution? Several States Are Trying To

Four states, including Florida and Georgia, have already called for a second constitutional convention. Thirty-four could by the end of the year — enough to trigger a convention. Supporters include the American Legislative Exchange Council, Tea Party groups and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Even backers like Butt admit it sounds extreme. But she says the […]

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The Destruction of Progressive Wisconsin

By adding the Civil Service bill, Mr. Walker brings Wisconsin closer to the achievement of a long-sought goal of the libertarian right: universal “at-will employment.” Unlike union workers or state employees, whose collective bargaining agreements or Civil Service rules generally require employers to demonstrate “just cause” for them to be fired, at-will employees can be […]

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Fossil fuel industry’s sneaky fight against solar

Anyone tuned into CNN on Tuesday night heard the five Democratic presidential hopefuls talk a lot about climate change. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said climate change is the greatest threat to our national security. Former Gov. Martin O’Malley talked about a much-needed “green energy revolution” and a 100 percent clean energy electric grid. What the […]

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2014: Year of the #ALECExodus

As 2014 closes, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your hard work standing up to ALEC and its continued efforts to manipulate our state governments. There is no doubt that ALEC remains a potent force, but through your efforts and the efforts of tens of thousands of Americans just like you, 2014 was a huge year in our effort to expose their work, compel corporations to leave the organization and spotlight the dirty politicians who do their bidding.

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An upbeat end to a turbulent year for conservative state legislature group

This week’s annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council comes at the tail end of a year that was one of the group’s worst – and one of its best…

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ALEC is Back and Ready to Resume its Conservative Agenda

Damaged by public-relations disasters, the free-market policy group was empowered last month by Republican statehouse victories.

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This Silicon Valley Giant Is Refusing to Leave the Conservative ALEC

A wave of tech companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Yelp, and Facebook, have all distanced themselves from the American Legislative Exchange Council and its conservative politics. But one tech company with a relatively progressive history on climate issues isn’t leaving.

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ALEC is coming to a city block near you

The conservative think tank known for flooding state legislatures with its agenda is starting to think locally

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News Corp and Occidental Among Latest Firms to Cut Ties with ALEC

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Occidental Petroleum, International Paper, and Overstock.com are the latest corporations to say they have left the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) after a wave of technology companies led by Google and Facebook announced their departures last week.

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ALEC Can’t Hold On To Its Tech Giants Anymore

With Yahoo becoming the latest company to cut ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council in a matter of days, it’s official: ALEC has lost favor with tech giants.

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Google Denounces Koch-Funded American Legislative Exchange Council, Commits to Leave After Public Outcry

WASHINGTON – Just hours ago, Google co-founder Eric Schmidt denounced the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as liars on the nationally-syndicated Diane Rehm Show. This move comes two weeks after over 50 organizations wrote a letter imploring Google to leave, citing the organization’s opposition to Google’s corporate culture including renewable energy and net neutrality. […]

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The National Restaurant Association Spends Big to Keep Wages Low

A majority of the Senate voted to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour recently, yet the bill failed to clear the 60 vote hurdle necessary for passage — thanks in no small part to the political power of the National Restaurant Association, the restaurant industry’s trade association.

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Where do elite meet? Invitation-only, confidential forums

For a few days in March, the American Enterprise Institute welcomed scores of business and political leaders to a private annual meeting at a resort on the Georgia coast. But only those who attended know what issues were discussed, strategy planned or promises made.

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