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ALEC Convention in Arizona Draws Multiple Protests

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Miriam Wasser
ALEC brings together state legislators and corporate lobbyists to discuss legislation, but because it's not registered as a lobbying organization, it doesn't have to adhere to state and federal transparency laws.
As corporate lobbyists and state legislators from around the country filed into the Phoenix Westin Kierland Resort and Spa for a closed-door three-day convention of the American Legislative Exchange Council, they first had to pass by an energetic group of protesters.

ALEC touts itself as a non-profit that brings together business leaders and elected officials to discuss model legislation, but protesters appeared determined to let the public know they think the group is actually a corporate-sponsored "bill mill" dead-set on advancing a right-wing agenda.