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Review for American Legislative Exchange Council, Arlington, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In reading the previous reviews, it is clear this organization threatens the extreme, radical left. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) supports U.S. Constitutional founding principles of free markets, state's rights, and protections to assure limited federal government overreach. Those of us who fervently support individual and state's rights under the Constitution are neither extremists nor fringe. However, most conservatives are quiet, hardworking, family oriented individuals. We believe in liberty, personal responsibility, structure, and the rule of law (which includes the process of establishing, enacting, and enforcing our laws). Organizations such as ALEC perform the necessary task of holding the federal government to its constitutional restrictions and assuring the state’s rights.

In response to CautiousDonor, from the IRS…
“A tax-exempt organization is generally not required to disclose publicly the names or addresses of its contributors set forth on its annual return, including Schedule B (Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-PF). The regulations specifically exclude the name and address of any contributor to the organization from the definition of disclosable documents.”

Although 501(c)(3)s are required to REPORT donor information by filing a Schedule B with the IRS, they are NOT required to PUBLISH the information to the public. So, your suggestion of wrongdoing or secrecy by ALEC could be due to ignorance or laziness. However, it is probably more accurately a purposeful attempt to deceive.

One last comment. It seems rather dishonest to rate a non-profit 501(c)(3) negatively based solely on a difference of ideology and public policy debates. The rating should be reflective of the organization’s use of donor funds. If you did not donate because you assume you completely disagree with ALEC, then you have no legitimate reason to rate the organization.

Just keeping it clear and real.

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