The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was established in
September 1973, state legislators, including then Illinois State Rep. Henry Hyde, conservative activist Paul
Weyrich, and Lou Barnett, a veteran of then Gov. Ronald Reagan’s 1968 presidential campaign, together with a
handful of others, launched the American Legislative Exchange Council. Among those who were involved with ALEC
in its formative years were: Robert Kasten and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin; John Engler of Michigan; Terry
Branstad of Iowa, and John Kasich of Ohio, all of whom moved on to become governors or members of Congress.
Congressional members who were active during this same period included Senators John Buckley of New York and
Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and Congressmen Phil Crane of Illinois and Jack Kemp of New York.
The concept of ALEC task forces dates back to the early days of the first Reagan administration
when, in 1981, the President formed a national Task Force on Federalism, which was headed by U.S. Senator Paul
Laxalt of Nevada. Also on the President’s Task Force was ALEC National Chairman Tom Stivers of Idaho.
ALEC has done most of its treachery in the individual states' legislatures now touting a
membership of over 2000 state legislators, mainly Republican. The Koch brothers, Charles and David, have been a
major contributor to this organization.
ALEC is the single most "lobby" group for stripping democracy from our individual states and has
gained power as a result of the US Supreme Court's decision in Citizens' United. (It might be noted Clarence
Thomas, Supreme Court Judge, has been "wined and dined" by the Koch brothers on several occasions, plus Citizens'
United spent over $100,000 in ads for Thomas during his being considered for the post on the Supreme Court.)
ALEC, through the Koch brothers, David and Richard, have bought legislators for the past four
decades, thus making our elected officials on the same level as ladies of the night who rent themselves for
These members of the "Lucky Sperm Club" are completing what their father, Fred, a co-founder of
the John Birch Society, set up years ago. They have been exerting their wealth on destroying democracy in stealth
mode. Recently, however, they have been outed and are now attempting to distance themselves from the
political "whores" they paid to carry out their desires. Had they not been born into wealth they may well be among
those on the food stamps they are having their bought and paid for working hard at taking away from those in
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