At an extravagant hotel gilded just before the Great Depression, corporate executives from the tobacco giant R.J. Reynolds, State Farm Insurance, and other corporations were joined by their "task force" co-chairs -- all Republican state legislators -- to approve "model" legislation. They jointly head task forces of what is called the "American Legislative Exchange Council" (ALEC)."
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ALEC has facilitated legislation offensive to women, to the right to vote and to the rights of unions. But secrecy means stealth in this case and the result is that with out protest corporations are withdrawing their support for ALEC.