Des Moines -- Today a group of open government advocates released a new report called "ALEC Exposed in Iowa: How Corporate Influence Subverts Our Democratic Process" that details the American Legislative Exchange Council's influence on Iowa lawmakers and the legislative process in the state.
Key findings include:
- The secretive nature of ALEC's taxpayer-funded membership in Iowa due to a lack of transparency in the Iowa legislature -- including the fact that many legislators may be members without their knowledge;
- A detailed listing of the more than $500,000 in campaign donations from ALEC corporate funders to ALEC members in Iowa, including more than $200,000 to Governor Terry Branstad, a founding member of ALEC;
- Examples of ALEC 'model' bills, written side by side with corporate interests, then introduced by Iowa legislators;
- Recommended actions to be taken by citizens, reporters, and legislators to further expose ALEC's influence in Iowa.
The ALEC Exposed in Iowa report is the newest addition to a growing number of state reports detailing ALEC's influence on state law.