Embattled ALEC On The Ropes

If you've seen the recent headlines about the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), you know it's had a tough few weeks. Here's a sampling of the news on this shadowy right-wing organization operating in our states to sell out America's working families to corporate high-bidders:

Then came this research from Steve Horn of De Smog Blog showing that ALEC was behind the creation of the State Policy Network (SPN), the stink tanks also recently exposed as an essential part of the right-wing infrastructure. 

How bad has it been? According to statistics provided by ALEC Exposed, which launched in July 2011, embattled ALEC is on the ropes, not just facing withering criticism:

ALEC: By The Numbers

Decline in the number of known legislators in ALEC’s membership (July 2011 to August 2013): 390

Percentage of ALEC "Private Members" that dropped ALEC (July 2011 to August 2013): 24%

Number of “Prodigal Son” corporations targeted for membership renewal after they publicly ran from ALEC: 41

ALEC’s projected budget deficit, as of July 2013: at least $1,379,902

Amount ALEC raised in 2012 from dues from legislators: $24,759

Number of states that enacted ALEC legislation that immunizes a singular ALEC member (Crown Holdings) from legal liability for asbestos claims: 19

Number of known ALEC alumni currently in the US House of Representatives: 82 

Number of known ALEC alumni in the US Senate: 11 

Number of ALEC press mentions (via Lexis-Nexis) during the decade before ALEC Exposed launched: 3,764

Number of news hits on ALEC and SPN in the last 35 days (from November 13, 2013 to December 18, 2013): 1,113

Percentage of those news hits that painted ALEC or SPN in a positive light: 1.1%