Report: ALEC Has A Funding Problem After Trayvon Martin Saga

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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is facing a potential funding problem after losing a number of big donors in recent years, The Guardian newspaper reported on Tuesday.  

Documents obtained by The Guardian show that the lobbying group has identified over 40 former corporate members — including Amazon, Coca-Cola, and Walmart — it is looking to attract back. Numerous companies cut ties with the group following the “stand-your-ground” law issues raised by the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. 

The documents, prepared for ALEC’s recent annual board meeting, show that money raised from conferences, membership fees, and donations has fallen short. In the first six months of 2013, ALEC had a budget hole totaling more than one third of its projected income. The Guardian also learned that more than 400 state legislators have left ALEC over the past two years. 

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