Legislators Call On Virginia General Assembly To Halt Use Of Taxpayer Funds For ALEC Conferences

Source: Anita Kumar / Washington Post

The Virginia Progressive Caucus on Wednesday called on their colleagues in the General Assembly to stop using state money to send legislators to conferences hosted by a conservative group that has been under fire in recent weeks.

The American Legislative Exchange Council touts itself as a pro-business, free-market organization, and its members include legislators and private companies. Corporate members pay fees, which give them a say on legislative issues.

Several corporations have dropped their support of ALEC following scrutiny of “Stand Your Ground” laws after the slaying of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. The group had lobbied for similar laws in other states.

“ALEC provides an empire of powerful corporate interests a Petri dish–the state of Virginia–to test their far-right ideas,” Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) said.

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