"Corporate bill mill" ALEC's corrupt activities exposed in investigative segment

An investigative segment from a local Georgia television station exposed the group's shady activities

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published May 26, 2015 1:05PM (EDT)
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The American Legislative Exchange Council, the Koch-backed, anti-environment, "free-market" lobbying group, was recently the subject of a fantastic investigative piece from Atlanta television station WXIA-TV, revealing the resort conference rooms where legislators, lobbyists and corporations all have equal input into what becomes a state law.

"It's really a corporate bill mill," said state Sen. Nan Orrock (D) of the organization of which she was once a member. "They're cranking out legislation, putting them in the hands of legislators who go back and file it."

In back rooms, Orrock explains, "there are votes taken that have the corporate votes at the same table voting with the legislators on what bills to pick. And that, at its core, just screams out inappropriate."

Watch the full segment below, courtesy of Media Matters:


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