Arizona Advocacy Network participated in a Press Conference Thursday morning to shine a light on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)’s extremist agenda at the Arizona State Legislature. The Center for Media and Democracy, in partnership with Common Cause, Arizona Working Families, People for the American Way Foundation and Progress hosted the press conference.
The new report is “ALEC in Arizona: The Voice of Corporate Special Interests in the Halls of Arizona’s Legislature.” The new report examines the extensive influence that ALEC continues to wield in Arizona despite public national controversies and large-scale defections from corporate sponsors.
Sam Wercinski, Executive Director of the Arizona Advocacy Network, said, “This report on ALEC spotlights why working Arizona voters are calling and email lawmakers to stop HB2593 which allows these powerful and big money special interests more influence over lawmakers by increasing campaign cash donations from about $500 to $5000.”
Arizona has had one of the highest concentrations of ALEC-affiliated lawmakers in the nation. ALEC’s corporate executives, lawyers and lobbyists, along with member legislators, draft, lobby for, and secure passage of a wide array of bills designed to promote corporate interests. Due to rising public outrage and exposure, major corporations and organizations have recently begun to drop their sponsorships of ALEC, including Coke, Pepsi, McDonalds and KRAFT.