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The Influence and Impact of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Open Access

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces "model legislation," for members of the state legislature to include in bills. ALEC has provided a forum to construct narrowly tailored model bills that members serving in state legislatures across the United States are introducing, thus enhancing the interest of corporate members. This method has created a form of "new wave" lobbying, making traditional lobbying efforts obsolete. The following research suggests that members in the state legislature who are affiliated with ALEC that sponsor/co-sponsor bills including model legislation developed by the Energy, Environment, and Agriculture task force of ALEC; have a higher amount of financial contributions from oil and gas companies pre/post election cycle, compared to other members who sponsored the same bill.

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