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NPR on ALEC and State Legislature Influence

On Friday,

NPR's Laura Sullivan followed up on Thursday's investigative piece with more intel into how the American Legislative Exchange Council influences state policymakers

According to NPR:

ALEC is a membership organization. State legislators pay $50 a year to belong. Private corporations can join, too. The tobacco company Reynolds American Inc., Exxon Mobil Corp. and drug-maker Pfizer Inc. are among the members. They pay tens of thousands of dollars a year. Tax records show that corporations collectively pay as much as $6 million a year.

As we reported in our post Thursday several state policymakers have current relationships with ALEC and are looking to introduce legislation similar to Arizona's SB 1070 in addition to other measures.   Those lawmakers include:

  • Rep. Joe Driver: If re-elected, Driver expects to support a bill — similar to SB 1070 — that Reps. Debbie Riddle and Leo Berman plan to introduce next session in Texas;
  • Rep. Jerry Madden: Has attempted to pass immigration-related bill, but would not support a bill identical to Arizona's SB 1070.

As Bob documented yesterday, money in Texas politics is not new and we have documented how private prison companies attempt to influence state legislators is problematic.  When the 82nd Legislative Session opens next January it will be interesting to assess what influence private prison companies have.

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