I know many of you who read this blog are aware of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its influence on how laws are made across this country, but a recent report by Brendan Keefe of 11Alive News in Atlanta takes a pretty eye-opening look at how ALEC operates.

The Georgia Legislature has a message for voters: don’t ask us about our meetings with corporate lobbyists behind closed doors.

The 11Alive Investigators tracked lawmakers to a resort hotel in Savannah last week, where we observed state legislators and lobbyists mingling in the hotel bar the night before they gathered in private rooms to decide what new laws would best serve the corporations.

The meetings were part of the Spring Task Force Summit of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

Here’s Brendan Keefe’s report for 11Alive News.

While Keefe’s report focused on ALEC’s influence over how laws are made in Georgia, ALEC has a tremendous amount of influence in Wisconsin as well, with Republicans here submitting some ALEC legislation word-for-word.

To see just how insidious ALEC is among Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin, check out SourceWatch’s list of Wisconsin Republicans currently or formerly involved with ALEC.

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