Thu August 16, 2012
Email Trail Shows House Scheduler Coordinated with Conservative Think Tank
Records show hundreds of emails were sent from an Ohio lawmaker's office to arrange free meals and other perks between legislators and lobbyists at events sponsored by the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council.
The Ohio House scheduler was asked to arrange session dates around ALEC events and obliged, raising questions about the council's sway at the Statehouse. The Associated Press reviewed emails obtained by the Center for
Media and Democracy. Liberal activists have led a coordinated national campaign to highlight ALEC's operations and corporate ties and controversial bills it's pushed. Records show mostly Republican state lawmakers attended a New Orleans conference and Cincinnati Reds event organized by ALEC and coordinated through GOP state Rep. John Adams of Sidney. The council says it is nonpartisan and offers policy help to states.