ALEC held its Spring Task Force Summit on May 6 this year. One of the central items for discussion concerned taxpayer funded lobbying disclosure. ALEC aims to stamp out public interest lobbying, specifically when local governments join statewide associations to lobby state governments for funding for services. ALEC does not want any type of lobbying that could benefit the average citizen. This is part of a larger plan to preempt local government generally. The end result is that democracy is thwarted.
ALEC enjoys this kind of double standard. The organization itself consists of both corporate members and legislators. Though it challenges any kind of connection with lobbying activities, by its very nature, meeting and discussing “model bills” that serve its member’s corporate interests, and then having its legislator members take the bills back to the state for introduction is lobbying personified.
Taxpayer money is also used to send legislators to these ALEC events, which for this year was held at the Omni William Penn hotel in Pittsburgh.