ALEC is the American Legislative Exchange Council. A pretty benign-sounding name. It's purposes, however, are anything but benign. It is a political group funded by large corporations. Its job is to create model legislation to promote the aims of its supporters, and then wine and dine state legislators to get them to introduce such legislation and get it passed. The sorts of bills that ALEC advocates are the anti-consumer sort of legislation popular in some state legislatures. To get a better feel for what they do, take a look at the "Take Justice Back" program started by the American Association For Justice.