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Tue Dec 3, 2013, 08:09 PM

15. According to ThinkProgress, ALEC is facing three major problems

I love this analysis from ThinkProgress http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/12/03/3015361/alec-fading-power/

1. Membership is dropping. ALEC’s ranks shrank dramatically since its activities came to light in 2011. Nearly four hundred state legislators have jumped ship, bringing membership down from its peak of 2,200 in 2011 to 1,810 in 2013. Corporate membership has also declined from 280 to 214 over the past two years. Through a new initiative called “The Prodigal Son Project,” the group is struggling to win back former members who distanced themselves after the controversy, targeting corporate giants like Blue Cross Blue Shield, McDonald’s, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Walgreens, and General Electric. Members in the financial services have also backed away from ALEC “due to controversy,” the report notes.

2. Finances are in bad shape. As it sheds prominent members, the organization’s finances have taken a hit. The leaked documents reveal a budget shortfall of $1.4 million as of June 30, 2013 on expected dues of $3.9 million. Membership support had a gap of $440,792, while conference sponsorship fell short of expectations by $547,500.

3. Legal trouble is on the horizon. ALEC is creating a new lobbying wing in 2014 that will act separately from the rest of the organization. This new wing, called the “Jeffersonian Project,” will “provide greater legal protection or lessen ethics concerns,” the documents say. This means ALEC is trying to create an organization without a tax-exempt status so it doesn’t get in trouble for lobbying for the passage of bills. The documents show that ALEC would still like the Jeffersonian Project tightly linked, though. “No action can be taken by the Jeffersonian Project unless it is supported by a current ALEC policy,” the documents read. The project is also spun more positively with the board saying it “will be a new revenue source.”

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