The Corporations, and Dentists, That Still Love ALEC

ALEC, the much-maligned Republican policy shop, has lost one-quarter of its funders in recent years, but new members keep signing up.

A dentist dons sterile gloves at a community health center on March 27, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

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Companies have been resigning from the Republican policy shop ALEC in droves, thanks to bad publicity about its forays into the issues of guns and voting laws. Yet the much-maligned group still proves irresistible to corporations and interest groups that want a say in state lawmaking. That's because once the American Legislative Exchange Council blesses “model policy,” drafts of new state laws can spread like wildfire across the country.

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