TALLAHASSEE, FLA. -- Florida progressives are calling on state lawmakers to cut their ties with ALEC: the American Legislative Exchange Council.
A new report says some of the most controversial bills debated by Florida law makers in recent years were the work of a secretive group called ALEC... the American Legislative Exchange Council.
ALEC bills itself as a nonpartisan association for conservative lawmakers who share a common belief in limited government.
But Doug Clopp with Common Cause says it's a front for big business that is corrupting the legislature.
"This is a pay-to-play corporately-controlled system that is putting out model legislation simply to pad its bottom line and to make profit," he said.
Sixty Florida lawmakers have ties to ALEC, where they have the chance to be wined and dined by corporate leaders.
Clopp says that council has been the driving force behind laws to privatize state prisons and divert money from public schools to privately-owned charter schools.
He says public policy is being written by people who have no interest in the public well-being.