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Protesters demonstrated at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) annual meeting at the Palmer House in Chicago. Organized as a non-profit, the group connects powerful corporations with state legislators, drafting model legislation, working to influence law and policy to further the agenda of corporate interests. Approximately 98 percent of ALEC’s funding comes from corporations, corporations’ foundations and trade associations, according to its 2009 IRS Form 990.
The Center for Media and Democracy and ALEC Exposed infographic below shows ALECs ties to the NRA and the gun industry. ALEC’s efforts, supporting “Stand Your Ground” laws, directly helped the gun manufactures and sellers amass greater wealth. In 2005, when ALEC adopted the “Stand Your Ground” law, its Criminal Justice Task Force was co-chaired by Walmart, America’s largest seller of guns and ammunition. Although last year, Walmart announced it was backing away from supporting ALEC, “Stand Your Ground” had long become part of Florida law. ALEC adopted Florida’s law as model legislation to help spread it across the United States, bolstering sales for the gun industry.
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