ALEC Attempts Transparency, Releases Model Bills to Public

PRESS RELEASE

ALEC Corporate Bill Mill Posts (Some) Model Bills Online for First Time; Watchdogs Say Move Falls Far Short on Transparency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2013

CONTACT: Brendan Fischer, brendan@prwatch.org

A two-year campaign by a coalition of public interest groups has pushed the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to release hundreds of pieces of “model” state legislation secretly developed and pushed into law by corporate interests. The coalition includes the Center for Media and Democracy, ColorOfChange, Common Cause, Greenpeace, People For the American Way, Progress Now, Voters Legislative Transparency Project, and a variety of labor organizations.

But ALEC has far more to do before it can legitimately claim to be operating in the sunshine, the watchdog groups said. They urged its leaders to publish the names of ALEC’s legislative members and corporate sponsors, as well as the names of the individuals representing corporations on ALEC committees. In addition, the groups say ALEC must open the task force meetings at which bills are discussed and voted on.

“We’re pleased that after decades of secretly manipulating thousands of elected officials, the corporate bill mill known as ‘ALEC’ has decided to share some of its secrets,” the groups said in a joint statement. “But ALEC continues to hide from the public the identities of the corporations whose representatives wrote and voted on those bills at its meetings. It also has done nothing to reform the way it cozies up to lawmakers by providing them with “scholarships” that cover the cost of their travel and lodging at the posh resorts where it conducts its meetings.”

For background and more information re this most unusual attempt at transparency, please click here to view this at PR Watch, part of CMD along with ALECexposed.      ALECexposedcropped-bannerformat1.jpg