The free-market American Legislative Exchange Council has become a favorite target of the left.
Two years ago, the liberal watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy leaked hundreds of internal ALEC documents, highlighting its considerable success at passing corporate- and conservative-friendly laws at the state and local level. ALEC, whose members include state lawmakers and corporate representatives, achieves that success by developing a library of bills lawmakers can share and introduce in their jurisdictions. But that success has bred hatred among and mobilized the left.
Liberals have enjoyed some success in their campaign against ALEC. The Guardian on Tuesday reported that internal ALEC documents reveal the group lost almost 400 state legislators over the past two years, as well as more than 60 corporate members, some of it likely the result of the group’s past involvement in the so-called “stand your ground” law that was a key part of the defense in the trial over the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. ALEC has since refocused almost exclusively on economic policies that weaken minimum wage and other policies supported by labor. But for all the controversy the group attracts, ALEC is still drawing a number of conservative power players to its policy summit in D.C. this week. Here are some of the high-profile conservatives who are scheduled to attend the summit that began on Tuesday and ends on Friday, according to ALEC’s agenda.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) will be a featured lunchtime guest.
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will attend an evening reception.
Gov. Matt Mead (R-Wyo.) plans to attend a breakfast.
Tea party darling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will attend a lunch.
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist will attend a lunch.