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FACTSHEET: ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council, ALEC

DETAILS

1129 20th St. NW, Suite 500 Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-466-3800
Fax: 202-466-3801

ALEC provides state legisators with model legislation, including a continuing program trying to discredit state level legislation aimed at providing incentives to cut global warming pollution. Funded by conservative foundations and corporate grants, ALEC is a pivotal player between state and federal right-wing think tanks.

ALEC was founded in 1973 by Paul Weyrich, and is affiliated with the ALEC Foundation. ALEC maintains 15 task forces, including one targeting environmental issues.

ALEC has developed over 150 pieces of model legislation. Past and present membership includes 3,000 state legislators, 12 sitting governors, and 80 members of Congress. They also have at least 300 corporate members that pay annual membership fees. ALEC boasts that its Annual Meeting is "the largest gathering of conservatives held each year." Its 2003 Annual Meeting was attended by representatives of the CATO Institute, the US Sportsman's Alliance, Evergreen Freedom Foundation, Competitive Enterprise Institute, American Enterprise Institute, and the Heritage Foundation. Speakers included Vice President Dick Cheney, Tom Ridge, and David Horowitz.

ALEC is firmly opposed to the Kyoto protocol. Its 2002 Annual Report summarized, "though it is still unclear whether global warming is occurring or, even if it is occurring, whether it would have a major impact on our climate, environmental activists are pushing the states and our economy towards an energy starvation diet" (p.21). Domestically it says it has to "guard against proposed back-door Kyoto Protocol" regulations that would significantly increase energy costs but yield negligible environmental benefits (p.4).

ALEC is a former member of the Cooler Heads Coalition and a current member of the State Policy Network.

KEY QUOTES

21 January, 2004
"Carbon dioxide, the inescapable by-product of burning fossil fuels, is beneficial to plant and human life alike. The effort to regulate it as a greenhouse gas is an attempt to tax energy."
Source: sons-of-kyoto legislation, ALEC press release, 1/21/04

KEY DEEDS

13 May, 1996
Supported legislation in Oklahoma that would grant "priviledged immunity" to companies that report problems to environmental agencies. Audits relating to these problems would then be kept from the public.
Source: "Environmental Audit Immunity Delayed," Daily Oklahoman, 5/14/96

21 January, 2004
Launched attack on "Son of Kyoto" legislation across the country. Press release subtitiled "States React to the Myth of Global Warming" Project includes maps of states with Greenhouse Gas Legislation, Renewable Portfolio Standards and Carbon Sequestration incentives.
Source: sons-of-kyoto legislation, ALEC press release, 1/21/04

ALEC recieved 408,000 in Koch Brothers funding from 1997-2008
Source: ALEC Koch funding

DEEDS

ALEC has representatives from Koch Industries, ExxonMobil, Coca-Cola, Johnson and Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and many other international corporations on its Board.
Source: ALEC, Corporate Board

ALEC has fought regional climate legislation in multiple states
Source: ALEC website, obstruction of climate legislation

FUNDING

ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council has received $1,619,700 from ExxonMobil since 1998.

1992
$unknown Exxon Corporation
Source: ALEC literature, 1992

1992
$unknown Mobil Corporation
Source: ALEC literature, 1992

1998
$15,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
conference for freshman legislators
Source: Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report

2000
$70,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general support
Source: ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990

2001
$10,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2001
$70,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$163,200 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
50K conference, 80K general support, 5K membership, 25K project support, 3,200 'other'
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2002
$30,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
general operating support
Source: ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$78,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Conference
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$50,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Energy and Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$100,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2003
$140,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Global Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$55,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Conference
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$62,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Energy and Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$75,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Climate Change
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2004
$30,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
General Operating Support
Source: ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$151,500 ExxonMobil Foundation
DISCREPANCY: 2005 Giving Report: $151,000 for: Energy Sustainability Project (80,000), General Operating Support (71,500). iRS 990 2005: Energy Sustainability Project (Climate Change)($80,000); Climate Change Environmental Outreach ($21,500)
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2005
$90,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual Conference
Source: ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$15,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual meeting host committee sponsorship
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$31,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Annual meetings sponsorship
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$10,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
general support
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2006
$30,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
none given
Source: ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report

2007
$31000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report

2008
$56,000 ExxonMobil Foundation
Source: ExxonMobil 2008 Worlwide Giving Report

2009
$47,500 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments

2010
$64,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil 2010 Worldwide Giving Report

2011
$86,500 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil corporate funding 2011, public policy

2012
$59,000 ExxonMobil Corporate Giving
Source: ExxonMobil corporate funding 2012, public policy

KEY PEOPLE

Sandy Liddy Bourne
Former Director of Legislation and Policy, former chair of ALEC Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture task force,
Source: Capital Times

Alan B. Smith
Former executive director
Source: Heartland Institute - Alan B. Smith

Michael K. Morgan
Member - ALEC Private Enterprise Board
Source: ALEC website - Private Enterprise Board

PEOPLE

Lily Pascucci
Legislative Assistant to the Health and Human Services, and the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Forces
Source: ALEC Website 5-06

Andrew Schauder
Director of Federal Affairs
Source: ALEC Website 5-06

Nick Nichols
Featured Speaker
Source: CDFE website 2007

Stephen Moore

Source: ALEC website, obstruction of climate legislation

Craig Idso
Presenter -- ALEC 2011 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Source: Capital Times

Todd Wynn
Director of Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force
Source: ALEC website - Private Enterprise Board

SOURCES

ExxonMobil 2001 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4388

ExxonMobil 2002 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4386

ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
ExxonMobil Foundation 2000 IRS 990
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4390

Exxon Education Foundation Dimensions 1998 report
Exxon Dimensions report 1998- Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4385

ALEC literature, 1992
ALEC literature, 1992

sons-of-kyoto legislation, ALEC press release, 1/21/04
Subhead: States React to the Myth of Global Warming

"Environmental Audit Immunity Delayed," Daily Oklahoman, 5/14/96
Article by Mick Hinton

ExxonMobil 2003 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4389

ExxonMobil 2004 Worldwide Giving Report
2004 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4380

ALEC Website 5-06
http://www.alec.org/about

ExxonMobil 2005 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4387

CDFE website 2007
http://www.cdfe.org/staff.htm

ExxonMobil 2006 Worldwide Giving Report
Public Information and Policy Research downloaded from Exxon website
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=view&d=4381

ExxonMobil 2007 Worldwide Giving Report
http://research.greenpeaceusa.org/?a=download&d=4586

ExxonMobil 2008 Worlwide Giving Report

ExxonMobil 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments
Exxon Mobil Corporation 2009 Worldwide Contributions and Community Investments
http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/files/gcr_contributions_pub-policy09.pdf

ALEC Koch funding
http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/polluterwatch/koch-industries/american-legislative-exchange/

ALEC, Corporate Board
http://www.alec.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Private_Enterprise_Board&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=15553

ALEC website, obstruction of climate legislation
http://www.alec.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Regional_Climate_Initiative&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13319

ExxonMobil 2010 Worldwide Giving Report
http://exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Files/gcr_contributions_pubpolicy-2010.pdf

Capital Times
Brendan Fischer, "CO2 is good for you, and other ALEC talking points," Aug. 10, 2011.
http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/article_5ed96c3b-a5f3-5edb-9abf-03c60692b671.html

Heartland Institute - Alan B. Smith
"Alan B. Smith," Heartland Experts, Heartland Institute website, obtained 29 Mar 2012.
http://heartland.org/alan-b-smith

ALEC website - Private Enterprise Board
"Private Enterprise Board," American Legislative Exchange Council, obtained Mar 29 2012.
http://www.alec.org/about-alec/private-enterprise-board/

ExxonMobil corporate funding 2011, public policy
http://www.webcitation.org/68w7Tt51X

ExxonMobil corporate funding 2012, public policy
http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/Files/gcr_contributions_publicpolicy12.pdf