American Legislative Exchange Council

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is an association of state legislators and corporations.


Notable members

State legislators


  • AES Corporation
  • Amazon (cut ties)
  • Amoco
  • Amway
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America (cut ties)
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Boeing
  • BP America (cut ties)
  • Charter Communications
  • Chevron
  • Comcast
  • DCI Group (associated with Michael Connell's companies)
  • Dow Chemical
  • Exxon
  • Fidelity Investments
  • GEO Group (formerly Wackenhut's private prison division)
  • Google (cut ties)
  • Koch Industries
  • Microsoft (cut ties)
  • Monsanto
  • Northrop Grumman (cut ties)
  • Pfizer
  • Shell
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Union Pacific Corporation (cut ties)
  • Verizon
  • Wal-Mart (cut ties)
  • Williams Companies

Trade groups

Law firms



Lobbying efforts

Political connections


Lobbying allies

Officials and politicians


External links

Founding members

Economic ideology

Climate change

Prison abuses

Net neutrality

Voter suppression

Police abuses

Other curiosities

  • Democratic Party relationship with the Koch brothers
    • Support for the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC)
    • New Yorker, "The Koch Brothers' Covert Operations" by Jane Mayer, 2010/08/30
      • "By 1993, when Bill Clinton became President, Citizens for a Sound Economy had become a prototype for the kind of corporate-backed opposition campaigns that have proliferated during the Obama era. The group waged a successful assault on Clinton’s proposed B.T.U. tax on energy, for instance, running advertisements, staging media events, and targeting opponents. And it mobilized anti-tax rallies outside the Capitol—rallies that NPR described as “designed to strike fear into the hearts of wavering Democrats.” Dan Glickman, a former Democratic congressman from Wichita, who supported the B.T.U. tax, recalled, “I’d been in Congress eighteen years. The Kochs actually engaged against me and funded my opponent. They used a lot of resources and effort—their employees, too.” Glickman suffered a surprise defeat. “I can’t prove it, but I think I was probably their victim,” he said."
      • "The Kochs continued to disperse their money, creating slippery organizations with generic-sounding names, and this made it difficult to ascertain the extent of their influence in Washington. In 1990, Citizens for a Sound Economy created a spinoff group, Citizens for the Environment, which called acid rain and other environmental problems “myths.” When the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette investigated the matter, it discovered that the spinoff group had “no citizen membership of its own.”"
      • "During the 2000 election campaign, Koch Industries spent some nine hundred thousand dollars to support the candidacies of George W. Bush and other Republicans. During the Bush years, Koch Industries and other fossil-fuel companies enjoyed remarkable prosperity. The 2005 energy bill, which Hillary Clinton dubbed the Dick Cheney Lobbyist Energy Bill, offered enormous subsidies and tax breaks for energy companies. The Kochs have cast themselves as deficit hawks, but, according to a study by Media Matters, their companies have benefitted from nearly a hundred million dollars in government contracts since 2000."
  • Smear campaign against Ruth Bader Ginsburg