Investigate ALEC's tax exempt status
It is time for Florida to investigate whether ALEC has broken state tax laws, lobbying disclosure rules and gift regulations. It is our right as citizens of the state to find out what is happening behind ALEC's closed doors since it is clearly having an effect on the enactment of state law. They have been a tax exempt group for the last 40 years. Their model operates like this. Member corporations pay thousands of dollars for membership. Legislators pay a minimal fee. They hold secret meetings where lobbyists for corporate interests shop their model legislation to said legislators. When these legislators go home, they introduce these chosen bills in their respective states. This is how "Stand Your Ground" laws, and many others, have spread throughout the nation after being successfully pushed by the NRA in Florida. If ALEC wants to lobby our elected officials, that's fine, but doing so in the dark and as a tax exempt organization is completely out of order.
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