The American Legislative Exchange Council holds its Annual Meeting virtually over the next two weeks after its original location, Florida, became the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
The corporate lobby group has reentered the culture wars by siding with Trump on race issues eight years after retreating because of public backlash against its "Stand Your Ground" and voter ID bills.
The Milwaukee-based foundation funded many of the groups behind the right-wing campaign against coronavirus public safety measures and made specific grants to support rapid reopening efforts. Since then, COVID-19 cases have soared across the U.S. and in Wisconsin.
GOP-aligned redistricting group failed to disclose $225,000 channeled through DonorsTrust, the conduit of choice for the Koch political donors network.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine already slashed state spending by $775 million, the state faces another $2.4 billion shortfall, and county and municipal governments face staggering deficits due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Koch-funded groups are lobbying to stop a federal government bailout.
Stephen Moore, the leading economist for the corporate lobby front group that has pushed for a rapid reopening of the economy and COVID-19 immunity for employers, denied there’s a growing health crisis in the South and West as the same day Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a press conference to deal with spiking cases and hospitalizations in Texas.
The Milwaukee-based foundation pumped more than $42 million in 2019 into a network of right-wing groups dedicated to attacking unions, blocking climate action, creating obstacles to voting, and promoting the GOP’s political power and policy agenda.
State Rep. Cindy Abrams proposed a bill on Monday that would make vote-by-mail more difficult and add headaches on Election Day.
Koch advocacy arm works with ALEC to block federal funds for cities and states that have seen their tax revenues plummet during the coronavirus lockdowns.
CMD joins Common Cause and 71 other groups calling on companies to stop funding ALEC due to its leading role in the right-wing campaign to protest COVID-19 public safety measures and reopen the economy despite warnings from public health officials.