On July 13, 2011, the Center for Media and Democracy unveiled this trove of over 800 model bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporations and politicians through the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). These bills reveal the corporate collaboration reshaping our democracy, state by state.
ALEC bills, which largely benefit the organization’s corporate members, have been introduced in legislatures in every state—but without disclosing to the public that corporations previously drafted or voted on them through ALEC. Before ALECexposed publication of this trove of bills, it has been difficult to trace the numerous controversial and extreme provisions popping up in legislatures across the country directly to ALEC and its corporate underwriters. The Center obtained copies of the bills after one of the thousands of people with access shared them, and a whistleblower provided a copy to the Center.
ALECexposed have analyzed and marked up the bills and resolutions to help readers understand what the bills do, beyond the PR in the names of bills. They share them to help the public identify the legislation in their state and the wide extent of the agenda to rewrite our rights by the corporations that bankroll ALEC.
These bills and resolutions reach into almost every area of American life: worker and consumer rights, education, the rights of Americans injured or killed by corporations, taxes, health care, immigration, and the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. Only by seeing the depth and breadth and language of the bills can one fully understand the power and sweep of corporate influence behind the scenes on bills affecting the rights and future of every American in every single state.
You can helping to expose ALEC, its corporations and politicians, and how money has corrupted the democratic process. (Here's how.) To learn more about ALEC and this project, click here for an open letter from Lisa Graves, the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, publisher of ALEC Exposed.
Is Washington State for sale to corporations? Is your State Representative or Senator on the list? I suggest you call your representative and ask them to acknowledge or deny that they're dues paying members of ALEC or have supported the introduction or passage of model bills or resolutions pushed by ALEC.
Here is the list of Washington Legislators with ALEC Ties in House of Representatives:
Rep. Jan Angel (R-26), ALEC State Chairman and Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member
Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Rep. Gary C. Alexander (R-20), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Rep. Troy Kelley (D-28), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Rep. Charles R. Ross (R-14), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Rep. Barbara Bailey (R-10), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Joe Schmick (R-9), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Kevin W. Van De Wege (D-24), ALEC Education Task Force Member
Rep. Kevin Parker (R-6), ALEC Education Task Force Member
Rep. Mike Armstrong (R-12), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Rep. Bill Hinkle (R-13)
Here are Washington State Senators with ties to ALEC:
Senate Sen. Don Benton (R-17), ALEC State Chairman and International Relations Task Force Member
Sen. Val Stevens (R-39), ALEC International Relations Task Force Member
Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (R-12), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Sen. Joseph Zarelli (R-18), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Sen. Michael Carrell (R-28), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Sen. Pamela Jean Roach (R-31), ALEC International Relations Task Force Member
Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-42), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Sen. Janea Holmquist (R-13), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member Sen. Brian Hatfield (D-19), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member Sen. Randi Becker (R-2), ALEC Education Task Force Member
Sen. Mike D. Hewitt (R-16), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Alternate Sen. Jerome Delvin(R-8)