ALEC – Article V Handbook (Con Con)

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

More than 30 years ago, a small group of state legislators and conservative policy advocates met in Chicago to implement a vision.

The Koch Brothers, big tobacco, insurance companies, and the drug industry: all behind the shadowy corporate front group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). On the surface, ALEC is mostly comprised of thousands of state legislators, each paying a nominal fee to attend ALEC retreats and receive model legislation. In reality, corporations pay ALEC a king’s ransom to access legislators to distribute radical legislation that puts corporate interests over American workers and consumers.

So, while the membership appears to be public sector, corporate money dominates ALEC. In fact, public sector membership dues account for only around one percent of ALEC’s annual revenues. ALEC claims to be nonpartisan, but its pro-corporate, anti-consumer mission is clear.

ALEC’s main goal is privatization which has been done extensively to prisons, thus making corporations quite wealthy on prison labor, keeping them in for longer periods of time. ALEC is also at the head of the pack calling for a Constitutional Convention, which would totally destroy the nation.

This document is created by ALEC and is vital to understand where they are “coming from” and to give you the information you will need to refute their claims that a Constitutional Convention is the only solution to providing a Constitutional Amendment.

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