The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) acts as a mouthpiece to promote special-interest legislation from corporations on issues that range from rolling back environmental and consumer protections to protecting Big Tobacco.
the tobacco industry has been one of ALEC's chief underwriters. The nations
major tobacco companies have given large cash contributions in the range of $200,000
a year, sponsored golf and tennis events at ALEC meetings, and paid legal bills
for them. In fact, in some years the money ALEC received just from tobacco "sponsorships"
overshadowed all other sponsor contributions combined.
If ALEC appears in your community, call ANR for technical assistance at 510-841-3032.
ALEC donors include:
- Lorillard Tobacco Company
- Philip Morris Management Corporation
- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company
- Smokeless Tobacco Council
- Cigar Association of America, Inc.
and the Tobacco Industry
The State Policy
Network's Cozy Relationship with Big Tobacco
ALEC Found SPN? 1991 Report Suggests So, Exposes SPN Agenda