American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) http://www.kunc.org en Wal-Mart Pulls Out Of Group That Advocates 'Stand Your Ground' Laws http://www.kunc.org/post/wal-mart-pulls-out-group-advocates-stand-your-ground-laws Wal-Mart has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from a conservative political group that advocates the "Stand Your Ground" laws that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.<p>"The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC," <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=154069419" target="_blank">as The Associated Press writes</a>, "is made up of a group of lawmakers and private sector officials and has become a lightning rod for political debate in recent months. Thu, 31 May 2012 18:31:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28141 at http://www.kunc.org Wal-Mart Pulls Out Of Group That Advocates 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Charity Status Of Conservative Group Challenged http://www.kunc.org/post/charity-status-conservative-group-challenged Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning.<p>Opponents have intensified a campaign against a group that drafts and promotes bills for state lawmakers to enact. The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, says it stands for limited government, free markets and federalism. Mon, 23 Apr 2012 08:42:00 +0000 Peter Overby 26079 at http://www.kunc.org National Chairman Of ALEC Responds To Report http://www.kunc.org/post/national-chairman-alec-responds-report <em>The Nation</em> recently published <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/161978/alec-exposed" target="_blank">a series of pieces</a> about the relationship that local and state-based Republican legislators have with a group called the <a href="http://www.alec.org/" target="_blank">American Legislative Exchange Council</a> (ALEC). ALEC is a membership-only group that brings together state legislators, interest groups and corporate representatives to draft model bills that can then be introduced at the state level of government.<p>On today's <em>Fresh Air,</em> Louisiana State Rep. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:23:00 +0000 11628 at http://www.kunc.org National Chairman Of ALEC Responds To Report How ALEC Shapes State Politics Behind The Scenes http://www.kunc.org/post/how-alec-shapes-state-politics-behind-scenes Republican legislators picked up 680 seats in state House and Senate chambers in the 2010 elections.<p>"They now hold more state legislative seats than at any time since 1928, the year that Herbert Hoover came to the presidency," says reporter John Nichols. "They control 25 states [with] both houses of the legislature. There are also 21 states where Republicans control both houses of the legislature and the governorship. And in the backroom of politics, that's what people really want. Thu, 21 Jul 2011 16:03:00 +0000 11625 at http://www.kunc.org How ALEC Shapes State Politics Behind The Scenes