American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) describes itself as the largest “membership association of state legislators,” but over 98% of its revenue comes from sources other than legislative dues, primarily from corporations and corporate foundations.

After the 2010 congressional midterm elections, ALEC boasted that “among those who won their elections, three of the four former state legislators newly-elected to the U.S. Senate are ALEC Alumni and 27 of the 42 former state legislators newly-elected to the U.S. House are ALEC Alumni.”

ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills.

For a list of legislators with current or former ties to ALEC, see ALEC Politicians.

As of January 2014, 77 state legislators have cut ties with ALEC, click here.

Maine ALEC Politicians

Maine Legislators with ALEC Ties


House of Representatives

Former Representatives

Former Senators

Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy’s  and check out breaking news on site.


More on ALEC:

ALEC State Chairs, click here.


  • Sen. Andre E. Cushing, III
Published in: on March 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. Senator Andre Cushing is the State Chair of ALEX, Go to this link, and scroll down to Maine:

  2. Hi!

    This is what we are up against and more.

    When was ALEC established?

    Not quite recovered yet.

    Thank you!

    Lise from Maine

    • ALEC was “founded in 1973 by Henry Hyde, Lou Barnett, and…Paul Weyrich”[4].
      Its articles of incorporation[5], were signed by Donald L. Totten of Schaumberg IL, Donald Lukens of Middletown OH, and Louis Woody Jenkins of Baton Rouge LA.

  3. Hi!

    Paul Weyrich is an early founder of the Heritage Foundation. He was also a deacon of a church. He also didn’t want everyone to vote.

    Nice guy, isn’t he?

    Thank you!

    Lise from Maine

  4. Thanks for this very important info. Margot

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