Report Lists ALEC Donations to State Legislators

Excerpt from a National Center for Money in State Politics news release:
For decades, some of this nation’s largest corporations have courted thousands of conservative lawmakers at annual conferences of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Along with the food, drink, and dancing, member attendance to the conference comes with access to hundreds of industry-drafted bills that their hosts would like to see passed by state legislatures and Congress.
And, like any good courtship, ALEC’s member corporations and associations were generous to their state-lawmaker partners when it came time to get serious about the relationship.
How serious?
An examination of campaign donations made by ALEC corporate members dating back to the 1990 election cycle shows that they contributed $12.2 million to state-level candidates who were ALEC members, with 98.4 percent of that money going to incumbent and winning candidates, many of whom could vote on proposed legislation. Additional analysis reveals that $11.9 million of the $12.2 million went to Republicans. Click here to download the database.
Over the seven (10 for some states) election cycles covered in a donor-data analysis by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, ALEC corporate members contributed $516.2 million to state-level politics: $202.1 million to state-level candidates, $228.3 million to high-dollar ballot-measure campaigns, and $85.8 million to state political party committees.

A quick skim through the list of contributions shows a sprinkling of donations to Tennessee lawmakers including state Reps. Steve McDaniel, R-Parkers Crossroads, and Curry Todd, R-Collierville; as well as former Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, (now in Congress) and former Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mount Juliet. Most of those donations are in fairly modest amounts of $200 to $500.
Full news release HERE.

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