From the December 5 – December 11, 2011 issue of Bloomberg Businessweek:
“When a company needs a state bill passed, the American Legislative Exchange can get it done” p. 66
How the American Legislative Exchange Council turns a bill into many, many, many laws.
By Brendan Greeley and Alison Fitzgerald.
Illustrations by Luke Best
The American Legislative Exchange Council, a nonprofit based in Washington, brings together state legislators, companies, and advocacy groups to shape “model legislation.” The legislators then take these models back to their own states. About 1,000 times a year, according to ALEC, a state legislator introduces a bill from its library of more than 800 models. About 200 times a year, one of them becomes law. The council, in essence, makes national policy, state by state.