In The Public Interest, a comprehensive resource center on privatization and responsible contracting, has released a report exposing the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) extensive plans to privatize core public functions.
The report chronicles ALEC’s plan to privatize virtual schools, health programs and prisons. The report also shows how corporations gain access to lawmakers in order to move their agenda forward.
In previous weeks, ALEC had been quiet thanks to negative publicity it has received because of its operating structure. Last week, it was confirmed that ALEC had plans to hold a closed-door meeting with the Republican Study Committee (RSC) in Washington, DC in hopes of establishing a new partnership.
The group is making headlines again with its model legislation tied to harmful voter suppression efforts in Pennsylvania, Ohio and across the South.
ALEC is a politically ultra-conservative, non-profit organization that sponsors private meetings allowing state lawmakers and corporate executives to frame legislation that is later introduced in state houses across the country. The laws tilt in the favor of big business. ALEC has pushed legislation that has been harmful to fire fighter rights to collectively bargain and proposed other anti-union policies.
In 2011 and 2012, ALEC model bills sought to privatize public services in states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.