ALEC responds to investigative report: "Fundamental misunderstanding"

"The ALEC media policy clearly states which meetings are open"

By Joanna Rothkopf
Published June 3, 2015 8:37PM (EDT)
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Last week, Atlanta television station WXIA-TV aired a shocking exposé revealing the private conference rooms where legislators and lobbyists from the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Koch-backed, anti-environment group make laws without the input of civilians.

On Wednesday, ALEC responded to the report, arguing that the news cameras caught their spokesperson "off-guard."

A statement posted on ALEC's website reads:

For several years, ALEC has welcomed journalists from prominent outlets to ALEC workshops and plenary sessions. In December 2014, 34 journalists were credentialed to attend the Washington, D.C. meeting. The ALEC media policy clearly states which meetings are open.

Unfortunately, the recent piece on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) broadcast by NBC Atlanta (WXIA-TV) sensationalizes and misrepresents ALEC member engagement and policy discussions. ALEC is a forum for the exchange of ideas and free-market policies by a diverse array of members including legislators, business and thought leaders, think tank scholars and individuals... The report exhibits a fundamental misunderstanding of ALEC.

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