On June 13th, State Senator Daniel Squadron, the ranking member of the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee (IGO), and his colleagues in the Senate Democratic Conference convened a public forum on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and its activities in the New York State Legislature.
ALEC, which receives funding from corporate members while claiming responsibility for dozens of pieces of "model legislation" for which it actively advocates, is not a registered lobbying organization; rather, it is registered as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Yet ALEC claims that it had 39 model bills introduced in the New York legislature in 2010. It also claims to distribute model “legislative resolutions” and “issue alerts” advocating for and against specific legislation.
Testimony was provided by Susan Lerner of Common Cause, Tim Judson of the Progressive States Network, and former Executive Director of the NY State Lobby Commission David Grandeau. Their testimony can be seen in the above video.