What You Need to Know About ALEC, the Creepy Right-Wing Group Behind Stand Your Ground [Explainers]

ALEC is dead. Long live ALEC. Yesterday, the American Legislative Exchange Council — a national clearinghouse of pre-written right-wing bills, helpfully provided to conservative state legislators too dumb to come up with their own ideas — announced that it was abandoning the task force that pushed voter-surpression bills and “Stand Your Ground” laws like the one that led Sanford Police to free George Zimmerman the night he killed Trayvon Martin. “We are eliminating the ALEC Public Safety and Elections task force that dealt with non-economic issues,” the group’s statement said, “and reinvesting these resources in the task forces that focus on the economy.” More »

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