Prominent businesses maybe leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in droves, but that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t losing its influence.
ALEC maybe under more public scrutiny than ever before for pushing harmful legislation across statehouses, but it hasn’t stopped its success rate of getting bills passed. The National Journal published an interesting article finding ALEC has a 20 percent success rate in getting model legislation adopted.
In some cases, ALEC may no longer be actively supporting bills it drafted, but the legislation still gains traction in states.
Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and counts financial support from various foundations, including those controlled by the Koch Brothers. A Washington, DC based politically ultra-conservative, non-profit ALEC thrives on operating in the shadows of the American government to push anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country.
ALEC sponsors private meetings allowing state lawmakers and corporate executives to frame legislation that is later introduced in state legislatures. The laws tilt in the favor of big business. ALEC has pushed legislation that has been harmful to our members’ right to collectively bargain and has also proposed other anti-union policies.
ALEC says it is poised for growth and that’s why IAFF members need to stay vigilant and on guard for harmful legislation that could affect fire fighters and their families.