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ALEC’s Funnel Turns Public Dollars to Corporate Profits

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We’ve traced the fingerprints of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to the growing voter suppression efforts in more than a dozen states under Republican control in recent election season blog posts. But don’t forget that the extremist, corporate-backed ALEC is attacking working families on many fronts. A new report from In the Public Interest tracks ALEC’s footprints down the path of privatization.

Profiting from Public Dollars: How ALEC and Its Members Promote Privatization of Government Services and Assets” exposes ALEC’s extensive privatization agenda. The report details how private prison corporations, online education companies, health care corporations and major industry players pay large membership fees to ALEC in exchange for valuable and unfettered access to state legislators. Corporations are able to work with ALEC lawmakers to craft bills that allow private control of public functions, enhancing corporate pocketbooks with lucrative government contracts and taxpayer dollars.

In 2011 and 2012, ALEC model bills that sought to privatize core public functions were introduced in states across the country, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah.

Read the full report from In the Public Interest and be sure to visit by the Center for Media and Democracy.

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