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ALEC, A Tax-Exempt Group, Mixes Legislators And Lobbyists

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Ohio Sen. Bill Seitz speaks during the floor debate for Senate Bill 5, Wednesday, March 2, 2011, in Columbus, Ohio. Senate Bill 5 would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) | AP

Desperate for new revenue, Ohio lawmakers introduced legislation last year that would make it easier to recover money from businesses that defraud the state.

It was quickly flagged at the Washington headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, a business-backed group that views such “false claims” laws as encouraging frivolous lawsuits. ALEC’s membership includes not only corporations, but nearly 2,000 state legislators across the country — including dozens who would vote on the Ohio bill.

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