Posted by Brendan Fischer on April 18, 2012

As the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) comes under increasing scrutiny and both corporate and legislative members sever ties with the organization, the Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has jumped in to help.

Multiple Wisconsin legislators tell the Center for Media and Democracy they have received identical emails, under the subject line "Stand Up for Free Market Policies" or "Say No to the Extremists Attacking ALEC," from people who say they are constituents "troubled by the recent attacks on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)" and claiming "the organization is critical to the free market in our state." The text of the emails is identical to a petition being pushed by AFP chapters across the country.

Chris Taylor email

Now compare the text in that email with the petition language from AFP (see bottom):

AFP ALEC petition

As CMD has documented, ALEC has been reaching out to members and the right-wing media in recent days for support.

AFP is a member of ALEC, and both ALEC and AFP have received funding from the Koch family foundations. And, of course as is widely known, David Koch is the chairman of AFP, which he helped create. As part of ALEC's PR counter-offensive, AFP has announced a "Stand with ALEC" website -- a concept familiar to Wisconsinites since AFP launched a similarly-named "Stand with Walker" campaign in 2011.

Given ALEC's historically low public profile and its closed-door operations it seems unlikely that the Tea Partiers sending AFP's pro-ALEC email really know much about the group they are supporting.

Brendan Fischer

Brendan Fischer is CMD's General Counsel. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Comments

Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has jumped in to the rescue!

ALEC has been demonized because......they ARE demons. ALEC is reaching out its tentacles to its right-wing reptiles. Oh boo hoo hoo. The poor Kochtopi.

I believe Mr. Fischer is being kind in saying that ..."it seems unlikely that the Tea Partiers sending AFP's pro-ALEC email really know much about the group they are supporting." The Tea Partiers have their heads buried you know where. They don't know that they are being wanked by the K Bros.