The ALEC – Tennessee Connection

ALEC, or the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group made up of representatives of large corporations and primarily conservative state legislators, works this way:

  1. ALEC members – large corporations with special interests – give them millions of dollars.
  2. ALEC holds conferences for state legislators
  3. State legislators attend these conferences and take home “cookie-cutter” legislation written by corporate special interests to dismantle worker and consumer protections, limit victims rights, protect corporate tax loopholes, and make it harder for citizens to vote.

According to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times:

“ALEC…has more than 300 corporations as members. The organizations pay wide-ranging dues and make substantial campaign contributions to state races.

Common Cause calculated that 22 of ALEC’s key member companies had contributed more than $317 million to state election campaigns over the last decade.”

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So What’s ALEC Got to Do With Tennessee? Tennessee legislators are too independent to fall under their sway, right? Wrong.
  • State representative Curry Todd (R-Collierville) is an ALEC Board Member and also the Tennessee State Chair.
  • Rep. Steve McDaniels is also on the Board of Directors.
  • State Senator Bill Ketron told a Tennessean reporter that ALEC provided the template for the “Arizona-like state law on illegal immigration” he filed last session.
  • Our tax dollars paid for six Tennessee house members to attend ALEC’s annual conference in San Diego. Cost: $15,000.
  • In February, ALEC sent out a press release touting the “Tort Reform Boot Camp” they held in our state capitol back in February.
  • Portions of a bill passed by Rep. Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville) that “cleared the way for for Union County to operate an online school system with K12 Inc.,” are identical to model legislation by ALEC. Rep. Brooks told the Knoxville News Sentinel that a lobbyist “may have provided a copy of the ALEC model” but that he was unaware of it.

If you know of other connections, let us know by leaving them in the comments section.


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6 Responses to “The ALEC – Tennessee Connection”
  1. Donna Rodgers says:

    I have collected quit a few names

    ALEC & Names You Need To KnowPosted by Donna Rodgers on August 8, 2011 at 1:26pm
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    Tennessee Legislators with ALEC TiesPosted by Donna Rodgers on August 7, 2011 at 9:30am
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  2. ET53 says:

    One more way to stab hardworking school teachers and students in the back. I’m not against online learning but then what if they don’t want to help pay for those who have no access to computers? Everyone is needed to educate our children. If some people want to hire a for profit company to teach their kids all well and good as long as they don’t complain about how their taxes go to support the rest of the community.

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