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Time For Iowa To Quit Giving Free Stuff To Corporate Lobbyists

AlecCitizens for a Healthy Iowa and Progress Iowa launch, demand legislators end taxpayer-funded ALEC memberships

DES MOINES — Citizens for a Healthy Iowa and Progress Iowa launched, a petition demanding state legislators end their taxpayer-funded membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

“Iowans are good people and we have deep ties to our land,” said Mark Langgin, spokesman for Citizens for a Healthy Iowa. “Our rich agricultural history is at risk when shadowy, out of state groups like ALEC move into Iowa to fundamentally change the way we preserve our natural heritage. They want to sell our public lands to the highest bidder, rollback common sense protections for clean drinking water and other environmental regulations. Instead of pushing back against ALEC, Iowa legislators are sending them our tax dollars.”

“Our elected officials should represent us – not ALEC or any other out of state interest group,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “ALEC is corrupting our legislative process in Iowa to push their extreme agenda and buy our legislators. What’s even worse is that our tax dollars fund their special interest group. It’s time Iowans stop subsidizing these stealth lobbyists, and demand that our legislators represent us, not ALEC.”

In ALEC, behind closed doors, corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line. Along with legislators, corporations have membership in ALEC. Corporations sit on all nine ALEC task forces and vote with legislators to approve “model” bills. Participating legislators, overwhelmingly conservative Republicans, then bring those proposals home and introduce them in statehouses across the land as their own brilliant ideas and important public policy innovations—without disclosing that corporations crafted and voted on the bills.

In the Iowa House of Representatives, ALEC members use taxpayer money to pay their dues to this shadowy special interest group that wants to:

• Sell public lands so big corporations can drill for oil & gas
• Rollback common sense regulations that protect our water & air
• Pollute our air & water while leaving taxpayers with the bill
• Let corporations off the hook for exposing children to toxic chemicals.

For more information about ALEC, their agenda, and to sign the petition, visit

Matt Sinovic

More info.

Iowa’s Voter Id Bill can be found here:

ALEC Exposed:

ALEC Voter ID Act Template:

American Legislative Exchange Council:

Previously on Blog for Iowa

Every member of the [Iowa] [update] House Republican delegation is a member of ALEC by virtue of not opting out of such membership. Membership dues are paid by the state, that is, by taxpayer money. 

All House Democrats have resigned membership in ALEC.

And directly from the page:

Terry Branstad, founding member of ALEC


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