"WASHINGTON - July 13 - Today, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) made available over 800 'model' bills and resolutions secretly voted on by corporate and legislative members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). "ALEC has become the premier institution for crafting and promoting model legislation and resolutions that largely benefit its corporate members. Until today, it has been difficult to trace the controversial and oddly uniform bills popping up in legislatures across the country directly to ALEC..." Center for Media & Democracy Unveils Trove of Over 800 ALEC "Model Bills" Secretly Voted on by Corporations | Common Dreams Behind closed doors, ALEC allows corporations to write changes in state law that directly benefit the corporate bottom line. "Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. "Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovationswithout disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills. "ALEC boasts that it has over 1,000 of these bills introduced by legislative members every year, with one in every five of them enacted into law. ALEC describes itself as a 'unique,' 'unparalleled' and 'unmatched' organization. "We agree. "It is as if a state legislature had been reconstituted, yet corporations had pushed the people out the door..." What is ALEC? - Alec Exposed ALEC boasts 2,000 legislative members and more than 300 corporate members (often registered lobbyists) sitting as equals on nine task forces where they have a "voice and a vote" on model legislation. Like the austerity bills currently impoverishing states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan.