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31 Today, ALEC has removed Weyrich’s name from its own accounts of its beginnings; gone, too, are the names of Totten, Lukens, and Jenkins. Here, drawn from ALEC’s 2000 Annual Report, is a typically revisionist history: “More than a quarter century ago, a small group of state legislators and conservative policy advocates met in Chicago to implement a vision: A bipartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.

Louis Post-Dispatch, July 6, 1989, “Dyer one of 50 from Missouri to take California junket” 29 ALEC REPORT 30 lures is the conference’s proximity to the ocean. The conference is expected to cost at least $1,250 for each legislator, according to estimates of the Missouri State Senate. That includes $300 for airfare, a $200 registration fee, as much as $107 a night for lodging, and $50 a day for meals. Senators will dip into the Senate’s travel contingency fund to cover the bill. While workshops on issues such as foreign trade and public utility regulation are scheduled in the week, one day is devoted primarily to fun: golf and tennis tournaments and a countryside trek that includes touring author John Steinbeck’s home in Salinas and tasting wine in Gonzales.

Nationwide, gaping holes in state ethics and financial-disclosure laws allow many state legislators to receive gifts in secrecy. What’s more, in the vast majority of states, state legislators do not have to report gifts received by their spouses and children. As a consequence, ALEC and its corporate sponsors can offer state legislators a large assortment of valuable perquisites that, in almost all cases, lawmakers do not have to include on their financial-disclosure forms -- this, despite the obvious potential conflict of interest.

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