The Corporate Bill Mill: Which Iowa Legislators Have ALEC Ties?

Alec“Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called “model bills” reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations. 98% of ALEC’s funding comes from corporations like Exxon Mobil, corporate “foundations” like the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, or trade associations like the pharmaceutical industry’s PhRMA and sources other than “legislative dues.” Those funds help subsidize legislators’ trips to ALEC meetings, where they are wined, dined, and handed “model” legislation to make law in their state.  Learn more at ALEC Exposed/ for Media and Democracy, Madison, WI.

Iowa Legislators with ALEC Ties

House of Representatives

  • Rep. Ralph Watts (R-47)[18][16]


Find corporate backed “model” bills on these topics here

  • Privatizing schools and higher education
  • Worker and Consumer Rights
  • Environment, Energy, and Agriculture
  • Democracy, Voting, and Federal Relations
  • Health, Big Pharma, and Social Welfare
  • Tort Reform and Injured Americans
  • Guns, Prisons, Crime and Immigration
  • Tax & Budget bills
  • & More..

EXPOSE ALEC LEGISLATORS. Demand the truth about which politicians in your state are in ALEC. Uncover whether YOUR tax dollars are paying ALEC “dues.” Expose politicians who accept “scholarships” from ALEC’s corporate-funded coffers for fancy trips.

EXPOSE ALEC’S ROLE IN YOUR STATE HOUSE. Read these corporate-backed “model bills” NOW and cross-check them with bills in your state legislature. Ask your local media to report on what you have found and write your local newspaper.

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