American Legislative Exchange Council Under Fire

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, 'Stand Your Ground' laws all across the country have come under fire. Now, opponents are taking aim at the American Legislative Exchange Council.

That group is responsible for spreading the self-defense law to nearly 24 other states.

A recently-filed lawsuit claims the council could be in violation of the federal tax code by improperly lobbying state lawmakers.

Some three dozen Florida legislators are members of the group, and opponents say it's time for them to break ties.

"This is not just about 'shoot first' laws," said Damien Filer of Progress Florida. "This is about everything from the so-called 'Parent Trigger' law that we saw during the last legislative session, the prison privatization schemes that we've seen crop up. It really covers the spectrum in terms of bad policy for people, and policy that's really aimed at padding the pockets of the corporations that fund this organization."

Several corporations have already pulled their support from the council, but lawmakers may not have the resources to follow suit. So far none of Florida's legislative members have said they will break ties with the group.

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