ALEC and corporate power in Maine and other states

Talk tonight!

Thursday, February 20, 7-8:30 PM, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St.

Maine_state_capitolALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, has received considerable attention in recent years for its involvement in promoting conservative policies in state legislatures. Bloomberg BusinessWeek called ALEC a “bill laundry” for corporate policy ideas. Still, there is little known about what groups are behind ALEC and when they support or back off from the lobbying organization.

Interested in learning more?

Come hear Alexander Hertel-Fernandez talk about his research on ALEC. After this presentation, Rep. Adam Goode (D-Bangor) will offer comments and both will take questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Scholars Strategy Network


1. At UMaine on Thursday, February 20 – 12:30 PM – Bangor Room, Memorial Union. Title: “Who Passes Business’s Bills? Corporate Influence in State Legislatures.” Cosponsored by the Scholars Strategy Network multiple UMaine departments

2. A talk in Portland on Friday, February 21 at noon at Zero Station, 222 Anderson Street. After a presentation on “Corporate Power in America’s Statehouses,” there will be  a Q&A session and audience discussion with Maine Citizens for Clean Elections Program Director BJ McCollister and State Representative Diane Russell (D-Portland). This event is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Maine, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, the Maine Scholars Strategy Network, and Zero Station.  

Amy Fried

About Amy Fried

Amy Fried loves Maine's sense of community and the wonderful mix of culture and outdoor recreation. She loves politics in three ways: as an analytical political scientist, a devoted political junkie and a citizen who believes politics matters for people's lives. Fried is Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine. Her views do not reflect those of her employer or any group to which she belongs.