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Internal Revenue Service: Investigate ALEC

It’s worse than you thought.

As you may have seen earlier this week, The Guardian published internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that provide an unprecedented and disturbing view into how the über-secretive corporate bill factory really operates. This new evidence makes it clear what many have suspected all along - ALEC has misled reporters, the public, its members, and even the Internal Revenue Service.

ALEC’s primary purpose is to influence legislation at the state level, yet for years it has claimed on its tax returns spending a penny on lobbying. This is silly, and that’s why Common Cause, the Voters Legislative Transparency Project, and Clergy Voice, Center for Media and Democracy, and other watchdogs have all called bull on ALEC’s claims. You can add your name to the list here -- sign this MoveOn petition requesting that the IRS investigate whether ALEC  has violated federal tax law by making substantial misrepresentations on its sworn tax returns.

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