The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) released a new report analyzing the cozy relationships that some Wisconsin lawmakers enjoy with the American Legislative Exchange Council.
ALEC, a Washington, DC based non-profit, thrives on operating in the shadows of American government pushing anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country.
CMD reports in ‘ALEC Exposed in Wisconsin: The Hijacking of a State’ that 32 bills on budget provisions reflecting ALEC model legislation were introduced in the state’s legislative session. Twenty-one of the bills or budget provisions passed and two were vetoed.
More than $406,000 in campaign contributions were made to former ALEC member Governor Scott Walker from ALEC corporations to his state campaign account in 2011-2012.
To date about 49 current Wisconsin legislators are members of ALEC including the leaders of both the House and Senate.
CMD finds Wisconsin state legislators appear to have received impermissible gifts from corporations and lobbyists through ALEC’s scholarship fund, companies that employ lobbyists in Wisconsin are funding flights, hotel rooms and meals for elected officials.
You can read the rest of the report here.
ALEC has been on the hot seat because of its role in crafting Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground Law.” ALEC helped to back the law in at least 24 other states.
As a result, a rash of bad publicity has stung the organization resulting in big corporations cutting its ties. Plus, 45 lawmakers have resigned membership from ALEC.
ALEC is a politically ultra-conservative organization comprised of state lawmakers and corporate executives who are known to craft legislation that protects the special interests of the nation’s one percent.