COMPLAINT FOR VIOLATION OFCAMPAIGN FINANCE AND PUBLIC DISCLOSURE ACTSUBMITTED BY COMMON CAUSE MINNESOTA
Common Cause Minnesota is filing a complaint against Amy Kjose and the American LegislativeExchange Council (ALEC) for violating Minn. Stat. §10A.04, subd. 6 and 10A.01, subd. 21.This complaint alleges that Ms. Kjose failed to register as an lobbyist in Minnesota and ALECfailed to register as a principal lobbying group, thus requiring both to disclose the amount of money they spent in 2011 on lobbying efforts to influence legislative action at the Minnesotalegislature. It is required to file a report because the organization engaged in an effort to influencelegislative action.
Relevant Documents Attached to This Complaint
Exhibit 1 –
ALEC – Task Force Operating Procedures
Exhibit 2 – ALEC Brochure
Exhibit 3 – ALEC Organizing Documents
Exhibit 4 – ALEC Policy Solutions email.
Exhibit 5 – ALEC survey email.
Exhibit 6,7,8, 9 – Amy Kjose emails lobbying Ohio legislators.
Exhibit 10, 11,12, 13 – ALEC emails Minnesota legislators.
Factual Background1.The Interested Parties.A. Amy Kjose
Amy Kjose is an employee of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) based inWashington D.C. and is the Director of the Civil Justice Task Force.
B. The American Legislative Exchange Council
ALEC is an Illinois nonprofit corporation recognized by the Service as exempt from federalincome taxation under Code section 501(c)(3). In 2009 it reported revenues of nearly seven milliondollars, and expenditures slightly in excess of that amount.ALEC describes itself as built on a vision of a nonpartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers.
It is governed by a Board of Directors that apparently consists of incumbent state legislators. ALEC has a second, parallel “Private Enterprise Board” whose roleseems to be largely that of an honorary or advisory committee. Exhibit 1 attached indicates that thePrivate Enterprise Board Chair plays a role in appointing and removing private sector Task Force
http://www.alec.or~/AM/Template.cfht?Section=Historv&Template=/CM/ItTMLDisplay.cfTh&ContentID=13643(visited July 13,2011).