New report from The Guardian: Is ALEC in decline?
ALEC facing funding crisis from donor exodus in wake of Trayvon Martin
• Rightwing lobby group appealing to major donors to return
• Internal documents reveal
so-called ‘Prodigal Son Project’
• Network lost almost 400 state legislators over past two years
Shining sunlight on a secretive lobby group in North Carolina
Nancy MacLean, PhD, provides historical background on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and warns of the dangers of its influence in North Carolina:
What ALEC and the companies that provide it with millions in operating funds seek is, in effect, a slow-motion corporate takeover of our democracy, first in the states where its party controls both the legislature and the governorship, as in North Carolina. But once its bills to suppress voter turnout take effect, the ultimate prize is to transform our entire country.”
Art Pope Groups Push Extreme ALEC Tax Agenda in North Carolina
Investigative report on how ALEC’s rich-get-richer agenda is behind NC’s brutal 2013 budget and tax plans.
Last fall, the New Yorker featured North Carolina’s Art Pope in its investigative report “State for Sale: A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina . . .” Among other alarming facts, the report documents Pope’s long-standing relationship with the billionaire Koch brothers, who are known to be major backers of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). This article did not note the connection between Pope and ALEC, however. The website Art Pope Exposed, a project of the Institute for Southern Studies, provides some clues.
For example, in “Pope-backed climate deniers fight NC’s renewable energy program ” Art Pope Exposed reports that Daren Bakst, director of legal and regulatory studies and “chief climate-science denier” for Art Pope’s John Locke Foundation, is also ALEC Energy Task Force chairperson.