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From @ALEC_states talking points given to members this year: "No one individual or organization makes up more than two percent of ALEC’s budget." This is what they are telling legislators to say when asked questions about its #Koch funding. It is just not accurate. #ALECInDC
(2) There are a number of big inaccuracies in these talking points. This is doing legislators a disservice if they rely on these thinking that they are accurate. ALEC surely knows they are giving legislative members inaccurate information.
(3) The statement about no single funder giving more than two percent of the budget, was provided so legislators could respond to questions about the power of the Koch brothers and other big donor over ALEC.
(4) Don't worry says ALEC, no donor gives us more than 2% of our budget. ALEC keeps many of its donors and what they give secret. But even based on very limited information from publicly available tax filings, the 2% limit is just simply inaccurate, especially from the Koch bros.
(5) We know that Koch Industries, and the wholly owned Georgia-Pacific are both funders of ALEC. We don't know how much they give each year. Also members/funders are Freedom Partners and Americans for Prosperity, both Koch network groups. Amounts here are also unknown.
(6) We have some insight into the Koch funding of ALEC from the two Charles Koch Foundations: the Charles Koch Institute, and the Charles Koch Foundation. These foundations have to file annual reports with the IRS, listing grants paid, and the 2017 forms were filed in November.
(7) The 2017 tax filing for the Charles Koch Foundation shows it provided ALEC with 7.2% of its budget in 2017, totaling $779,068. That is despite ALEC telling legislators that no single group provides more than 2% of its budget. #ALECInDC #ALECExposed
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