The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate bill mill that is exertingextraordinary and secretive influence in the Missouri legislature and in other states.
Through ALEC,corporations hand Missouri legislators wish lists in the form of "model" legislation that often directlybenefit their bottom line at the expense of Missouri families. Numerous ALEC model bills are craftedbehind closed doors by corporations, for corporations. Elected officials who are members of ALECbring ALEC legislation back to Missouri as their own ideas and important public policy innovations,without disclosing that corporations crafted and pre-voted on the bills at closed-door meetings withlegislators who are part of ALEC.
ALEC provides legislators with a means to appear highly active in the legislative process by secretlyoutsourcing their role in drafting legislation to corporate special interests
. "It is funded anddominated by free-market and corporate interests," writes the Kansas City Star, "who work with like-minded legislators to
shield corporations from legal action
limit the rights of workers
radically privatize the public education system
hinder the ability of government to regulate and curb polluters
further skew our democracy
in the favor of corporations and their political allies."
Almost 50 legislators in Missouri have been identified as having ties to ALEC, and the number maybe much higher.
Identifying the list of Missouri legislators who are part of ALEC is a difficult task,because ALEC operates largely in secret. Even though they claim to be a legislative membershiporganization, there is no full list of members made public by the organization. Missouri legislatorswith ALEC ties include
Majority Leader Tim Jones
Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer
Lt.Governor Peter Kinder
Speaker Steve Tilley
Rep. Shane Schoeller
Rep. Cole McNary
Senator and Former Speaker Ron Richard
Progress Missouri has identified more than two dozen corporation-friendly bills introduced in theMissouri General Assembly that echo ALEC model bills
. ALEC bills in Missouri include so-called rightto work laws, voter registration hurdles, a "parent trigger act," a "parents rights" resolution, purelypolitical resolutions "reaffirming 10th amendment rights," a "private attorney retention act," an Anti-Affordable Care Act ballot measure, a resolution opposing food and beverage taxes, an "asbestosfairness act," a resolution supporting the electoral college, a "castle doctrine" law, a resolutionencouraging congress to undermine Social Security, and a "private property protection act."