In late July, Alec hosted a two-and-a-half-day “exclusive” meeting in Salt Lake City before Alec’s annual conference for an elite group of state legislators who are Alec members. They discussed ways to revise voting laws and compared notes about what’s been achieved already, according to an Alec email disclosed by the Center for Media and […]
According to the complaint filed by the Center for Media and Democracy, one of ALEC’s arch-foes, it distributed election campaign software worth between $2,376 and $5,760 to an unknown number of state legislators as a benefit of their membership. The estimate Is based on the manufacturer’s pricing structure to non-ALEC members.
While local governments need to dip into their annual budgets and spend through their insurance deductibles to defend themselves, WILL is funded by the Bradley Foundation, a right wing, nonprofit grant funder organization based in Milwaukee, as highlighted in research from the Center for Media and Democracy and a recent in-depth story in the New […]
The alleged gifts from the American Legislative Exchange Council, which Gov. Ron DeSantis addressed last week in Salt Lake City, amount to illegal in-kind campaign contributions, according to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), Common Cause, and the Alliance for a Better Utah.
I imagine the people who fund ALEC would have preferred the organization to stay quietly under the radar, but given its strategy of diffusing policies through state legislatures, this has proven impossible. An anti-ALEC “hit squad,” ALEC Exposed, tries to document ALEC’s every move.
Earlier this year, the Center for Media and Democracy reported on a new rightwing legal center called American Juris Link that is “actively working to track and support right-wing legal challenges to upend COVID-19 health restrictions, fight workers’ rights to unionize, and coordinate legal strategies” The group was “incubated by the State Policy Network” — […]
The software from ALEC, a conservative legislative and policy organization, is billed as a tool to assist with constituent services but amounts to a voter contact platform that is worth thousands of dollars and linked to the Republican National Committee’s voter database, the complaint said.
The nonprofit allegedly gave Hall and Lilly, ALEC’s current Michigan public sector state chairs, a program known as “ALEC CARE,” which the organization bills as a constituent services program but is actually a platform meant to help Republicans win office, the complaint said.
“CMD has obtained conclusive evidence that ALEC has been providing sophisticated voter management and campaign software, run by partisan political operatives and linked to the Republican National Committee’s voter file, to its legislative members since at least 2016 in continuing violation of its 501(c)(3) status,” the July 20 IRS complaint stated. “By ALEC’s own admission, […]
The “ALEC CARE” software was valued by ALEC at $3,000 per legislator. The company that produced the software, say the complaint-filing organizations, is Republican data firm VoterGravity, which is run by conservative activist Ned Ryun, who is also the founder and president of American Majority, which trains far right Tea Party candidates and American Majority […]