Salt Lake City -- A close look at the annual meeting brochure of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) shows that anti-corporate campaigners are having an impact on the secretive "bill mill" that brings politicians and corporate lobbyists together behind closed doors to craft, amend, and vote on "model" legislation.
Last year's annual convention featured three corporations underwriting the convention at the highest donation level of "President": BP (British Petroleum), Reynolds American(global tobacco), and Takeda (Japanese drugs). This year's President-level donors named only two: Reynolds and SPN, the "State Policy Network," which includes numerous corporate front groups that CMD has called "stink tanks" for peddling corporate claims as policy. A number of SPN special interest groups are funded by the Koch family, other Big Oil companies, Big Tobacco, or Big Insurance. go read, download report: A Lot of White Space: Firms Drop Off ALEC's Meeting Brochure