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Tue Dec 3, 2013, 03:46 PM

3. ALEC has set up sister organization called the Jefferson Project

ALEC has set up a sister organization to do some of the controversial lobby work. This is from the article cited in OP:

Alec has set up a separate sister group called the "Jeffersonian Project" amid concerns over possible government inquiries into whether its activities constitute lobbying which would threaten its tax-exempt status;...

The documents seen by the Guardian show that Alec is hoping to avoid legal, tax and ethical challenges by creating a separate sister organisation it calls the "Jeffersonian Project". The new body would be categorised as a 501(c)(4) social welfare organisation, a designation that would allow Alec to be far more overt in its lobbying activities than its current charitable status as a 501(c)(3).

"Any activity that could be done by Alec may be done by Jeffersonian Project if legal counsel advises it would provide greater legal protection or lessen ethics concerns," a note on the proposed new body to Alec's board of directors says. The note adds that the Jeffersonian Project would remove "questions of ethical violations made by our critics and state ethics boards and provides further legal protection".

Even if ALEC changes its name, there will be scrutiny:

Lisa Graves said that the difficulty the network was having in attracting back major corporate sponsors showed how vulnerable the network is to public scrutiny. "This is a reflection of the power of sunlight on their activities for too many years they were operating largely in secret. Corporations are sensitive to these issues."

Sunshine works and we need to keep public pressure on the sponsors of ALEC

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