A New Look at the Sausage Factory Where Laws Are Made

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The Trayvon Martin killing has sparked a national firestorm over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law. Now it turns out that 24 other states have similar laws because of a little known group called the American Legislative Exchange Council. "ALEC" brought state legislators from around the country together with lobbyists for the NRA to agree that Florida's law would become a model for other states. What other measures has ALEC originated?  Is it democracy in action, or a way to enact special interest legislation without public scrutiny?

Note: ALEC declined our invitation to participate in this program.

Credits

Guests:
Lisa Graves - Center for Media and Democracy - @thelisagraves, Stephen Moore - Heritage Foundation - @StephenMoore, Rashad Robinson - ColorOfChange.org - @rashadrobinson, Sheila Krumholz - Center for Responsive Politics - @skrmhlz

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg, Christian Bordal, Gideon Brower