CMD joins Common Cause and 71 other groups calling on companies to stop funding ALEC due to its leading role in the right-wing campaign to protest COVID-19 public safety measures and reopen the economy despite warnings from public health officials.
The Council for National Policy, a powerful behind-the-scenes player, has been hosting weekly calls with conservative figures to promote anti-lockdown protests and coordinate policy responses to the coronavirus pandemic.
American Legislative Exchange Council which claims to be a "nonpartisan" charitable group, connects Republican legislators with Fair Lines America, the GOP's leading group for opposing voter-enacted redistricting reforms and crafting the party's 2020 redistricting strategy.
Documents obtained by CMD show the extent of the corporate lobby group’s role in pressuring the states to force a rapid reopening of the economy despite strong public resistance and health concerns.
The IRS has falsely claimed that the well-known organizations don’t exist and resorted to other nonsensical dodges in order to withhold Form 990 tax returns of Koch network groups and other major right-wing funders.
A "labor reform" booklet of 50 "state factsheets" obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy reveals the ambitious agenda of the American Legislative Exchange Council to further weaken public sector unions in the wake of the Supreme Court's controversial ruling in Janus v. AFSCME.
If passed, Wisconsin would become the 16th state to back right-wing efforts to call for a constitutional convention to propose sweeping amendments to the Constitution to curtail the powers of the federal government.
The Wisconsin State Assembly passed AB 444, the so-called "Campus Free Speech" Act on Monday, almost entirely along party lines, with only Rep. Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) breaking ranks with Republicans.
ALEC quietly removes Rep. Matt Shea from its leadership list on its website, but has yet to denounce his violent white nationalist views.
The legislation, SB 33, is modeled after an ALEC proposal, and its corporate backers are big contributors to the Republican party and legislators in Ohio.