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|The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most powerful corporate front group you've never heard of ,or at least until more than a dozen major corporations recently quit in the wake of the controversies over it pushing the 'Stand Your Ground' laws. ALEC lets corporations write model legislation that it then secretly ships to state legislatures across the country. These bills -- which do everything from attack your right to vote to privatize your schools -- pass into law without citizens ever knowing that corporations wrote them.
But it gets worse. Not only is ALEC secretly coordinating with state legislators, but taxpayers are actually being asked to pay for some of the organization's activities.
Keystone Progress did some research and found that Pennsylvania taxpayers have paid at least $250,000 since 2000 on junkets and other events that ALEC held with legislators...