“Of all the Kochs’ investments in right-wing organizations, ALEC provides some of the best returns: It gives the Kochs a way to make their brand of free-market fundamentalism legally binding,” The Nation‘s Lisa Graves reported in 2011.
But until the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2012 cast some light on ALEC-backed “Stand Your Ground” laws, very few Americans had ever heard of this shadowy organization that brings together corporate lobbyists with corporate politicians to pass corporate laws that benefit corporations at the expense of the public.
What is the left-wing version of ALEC, fighting on behalf of workers and preserving public resources? Generally, it has been organized labor. But union membership is lower than it has been since the 1930s, thanks in some part to ALEC.