The American Legislative Exchange Council—commonly known as ALEC—is an organization that brings together state legislators from across the country with lobbyists from some of the largest corporations in the world. Together, they develop pro-business legislation behind closed doors and without public input.  These bills are then introduced into state legislatures across the country, where they can become law.

ALEC serves the interests of big business. They work to loosen environmental regulations, enforce stricter voter identification rules, weaken labor unions and the rights of workers, de-fund public education and public health programs, defeat net neutrality, and more. The organization is registered with the IRS as a charity–meaning their corporate donors can get a tax write-off for their lobbying.

For more information on ALEC, visit the Center for Media and Democracy’s website, ALEC Exposed, and watch the Bill Moyers documentary, United States of ALEC.